A program providing prenatal care to low-income women and a bike safety program for the new Adams Park Trail were just two of the grant recipients in the Omaha Community Foundation’s Fund for Omaha Spring 2011 awards. Known as the Greatest Need Grants, their goal is to help nonprofits address community needs and to support effective solutions.
Here are the recipients, the amount they received and what they’ll do with the money:
- Activate Omaha – $5,200 for a bike safety program for children to use Adams Park Trail
- Charles Drew Health Center – $10,000 for the Spice of Life healthy cooking and foods program
- Children’s Square U.S.A. – $12,000 to increase the capacity of the foster care program to care for foster children who have specialized needs.
- Girls Inc. – $10,000 for the Fostering Futures program
- Justice For Our Neighbors – Nebraska – $10,000 for fund development
- Kids Can Community Center – $14,500 for fund development
- MICAH House – $10,000 for operating expenses
- OCF Nonprofit Capacity Building – $50,000 for capacity building grants to the 10 nonprofit participating in Year Two of OCF’s Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative
- Omaha Hearing School for Children, Inc. – $10,000 for operating expenses
- Omaha Street School – $8,350 for a comprehensive audit
- OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. – $10,000 for a prenatal program for low-income women
- Seven Oaks of Florence – $4,890 for an automatic door opener
- Ted E. Bear Hollow – $10,000 for the Growing Through Loss program
- Youth Emergency Services – $10,000 for operating expenses
The Greatest Need Grant program has evolved as a means for the Omaha Community Foundation to be responsive to the most pressing needs of the nonprofits in the Omaha community. Applicants were invited to identify their organization’s greatest need and then propose a plan to address it. Greatest Need Grants fall under three broad areas: capacity building, general operating expenses, and program expenses.
The Fund for Omaha Grants Committee is made up of 15 community and business leaders who have an understanding of and a commitment to the greater Omaha area’s nonprofit community. For more information about the grant program go to: Fund for Omaha.