We are pleased to announce that the Omaha Community Foundation has awarded a total of $845,000 to 84 local nonprofits and neighborhood groups through our five Community Interest Funds.

Funding decisions are made by resident-led committees who understand what investments will be most impactful in addressing the needs of their respective communities. Anyone can donate.

“Resident-led grantmaking programs give everyday residents an opportunity to be decision-makers about programs, services, and activities taking place in their communities,” Program Manager Katrina Adams said. “They are truly focused on building up the applicant organizations so they can be more competitive with other potential donors and funders.”

This model leverages the insights, connections, and lived experiences of residents who serve as both community advocates and responsive stewards of investment dollars. It democratizes philanthropy by engaging and working alongside—rather than being prescriptive and doing unto—a community.

Here are the 2022 Community Interest Funds grant recipients.

African American Unity Fund

The African American Unity Fund committee awarded $225,000 to 17 organizations—7 of which were new applicants or first-time grantees—supporting initiatives for the African American community. Learn more.

Equality Fund

The Equality Fund committee awarded $200,000 to 14 organizations serving the needs of our LGBTQIA2S+ friends, families, and neighbors across the metro area. Learn more.

Futuro Latino Fund

The Futuro Latino Fund committee awarded $175,000 to 13 organizations serving the Latino community. Out of the 20 proposals, many were returning applicants. Learn more.

Refugee Community Grant Fund

The Refugee Community Grant Fund advisory team awarded $165,000 to 19 refugee-led or refugee-serving organizations. Learn more.

Omaha Neighborhood Grant

The Omaha Neighborhood Grants committee awarded $80,000 to 24 neighborhood groups combining leadership development and community building work around Omaha. Learn more.

The next grant cycle will open on January 1, 2023.

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