Last year, we shifted the focus of Fund for Omaha to explicitly support nonprofit organizations promoting racial equity and social justice, particularly for those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

We are maintaining this commitment and centering on BIPOC communities. Fund for Omaha applications will be accepted now through August 1.

Goals of the grant program now include:

  • Building grassroots capacity of nonprofit organizations.
  • Supporting advocacy efforts to address systems change in communities of color.
  • Increasing connections within and across communities.
  • Working to ensure equitable access for people of color throughout our community.

Fund for Omaha, the largest grant program funded by the Omaha Community Foundation in partnership with local philanthropists, has distributed nearly $8 million over the last 33 years. Funding priorities will continue to include arts and culture, neighborhoods, economic opportunity, health, transportation, and vibrant communities — with an overarching emphasis on racial equity.

In 2020, we awarded $459,676 in grants to 23 local nonprofits for programs and initiatives that cover cultural competency, capacity building, restorative justice intervention, leadership development, interpretation services, civic engagement, mentoring, education, outreach, and more.

Our community is stronger and more connected when we embrace diversity, acknowledge areas of racial inequity and injustice, and invest in organizations leading the way.

To learn more about the Fund for Omaha and to apply, click here.