For over 10 years, the Omaha Community Foundation has been working with resident-led grant programs. These programs are designed to address need in our community ranging from neighborhood development, increased representation of black and people of color in leadership, and access for LGTBQIA+ community members.
Below, we have shared a list of the organizations that have received grants from the African American Unity Fund, the Futuro Latino Fund, the Equality Fund for LGBTQIA+, Omaha Neighborhood Grants Program, and the Refugee Community Grants Program. In addition, we have included nonprofits that have received grants from our COVID-19 Response Fund doing important work in communities of color during these unprecedented times.
In doing so, we are equipping community members with the knowledge to make more informed and equitable investments in the community we all call home.
Both locally and nationally we are seeing calls for racial justice, more equitable public policy, and a more diverse set of voices at the table and in positions of leadership. Our resident-led grant programs bring local voice and resident involvement into our philanthropic work.
“The Foundation believes that engaged residents are an invaluable part of a strong community, especially when voices that are often unheard are elevated,” said Donna Kush, President and CEO of the Foundation. “To that end, we strive to ensure that these programs empower everyday community members to make decisions about the initiatives that will impact their own community.”
Grant funds serve as strategic investments meant to impact those in our community who will benefit from greater access to equity and opportunity, guided by learnings from The Landscape, we understand that this is disproportionately people of color. In the long term, our goal is that resident-led grant programs will shape systems and determine policies that address the inequities in our community.
To learn more about how the Omaha Community Foundation is looking inward and deepening our understanding of racial equity we invite you to read our recent blog posts https://omahafoundation.org/about/equity-inclusion. You can also learn more about our Community Interest Funds here.
100 Black Men
ACLU of Nebraska
African Culture Connection
Banister’s Leadership Academy
Benson Area Refugee Taskforce
Benson First Friday
Black & Pink
Black Men United
Black Votes Matter Institute for Community Engagement
Brown Park Neighborhood Service Organization
Carole’s House of Hope
Center for Holistic Development
Centro Latino of Iowa
Charles Drew Health Center
Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim Reinforcing Our Roots, Living Our Maya Heritage
Descendants of DeWitty NE.
Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP)
El Museo Latino
Emerging Ladies Academy
Ethiopian Community Association In Omaha
Families in Action
Family Housing Advisory Services and Omaha 100
Fliye Arts/The Study
Global Leadership Group – Life Connections Omaha, Inc.
Great Plains Black History Museum
Heart Ministry Center
Heartland United for Puerto Rico
Heartland Worker’s Center (listening partner)
House of Afros, Capes & Curls
I AM Dance
I Be Black Girl
Immigrant Legal Center
InCOMMON Community Development
Intercultural Senior Center
International Council for Refugees & Immigrants
Latino Center of the Midlands
Legal Aid of Nebraska
LIVE Leadership Omaha
Malcolm X Foundation
Matters On Tomorrow
Metro Area Youth Services
Metro Young Latino Professionals Association
Mexican American Historical Society of the Midlands
Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation
More Than Just A Village Academy
My Sister’s Keeper
NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc.
Nebraska AIDS Project
Nebraska Independent Film Projects
Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition
New Life Family Alliance
No More Empty Pots
North Omaha Area Health
North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
Omaha Community Broadcasting
Omaha Freedom Writers Foundation Inc.
Omaha Housing Authority Foundation
Omaha Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays Inc.
Omaha United For Youth
One World Community Health Center
P T I Nebraska
Pear Tree Performing Arts Center
Prospect Village Neighborhood Association/ Highlander Market/ Neighborhood Wellness Initiative
Refugee Empowerment Center
Republic of South Sudan (ROSS) Leaders
RISE (formerly Defy Nebraska)*
River City Mixed Chorus
South Omaha Arts Institute, Estrellitas de Omaha
South Omaha Business Association
South Omaha Community Care Council
Union for Contemporary Art (The)
Urban League Nebraska Young Professionals
Victory Boxing Club
Youth for Greater Good