The Omaha Community Foundation, in partnership with Douglas County, launched the Douglas County Stimulus Grant Program today to provide millions in funding to eligible nonprofits adversely affected by COVID-19 since March 13, 2020.

In September, the Foundation launched two CARES Act grant programs. While those two programs followed U.S. Treasury guidelines on restricted funds based on previously unbudgeted expenses related to the pandemic, eligible nonprofits will be able to use the new stimulus funds with more flexibility as working capital to pay for operational expenses and revenue/income loss.

Eligible nonprofits can apply for one of two pools of stimulus funding available, based on remaining dollars from the original CARES Act grant programs:

  • Arts, Culture, and Entertainment: at least $5 million available in stabilization grants to eligible organizations
  • Human Services: at least $3 million available in stabilization grants to eligible organizations

The application and additional details can be found at Applications are due October 15, and awards will be announced by November 15.

“We understand that this form of direct investment is essential for the continuity of services for our nonprofit sector,” said Donna Kush, president and CEO of the Omaha Community Foundation. “Working with the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, we intend to support nonprofits of all sizes to ensure that the people of Douglas County have continued access to services like food pantries, mental health support, and cultural enrichment much needed during this challenging time. We urge any eligible nonprofit to apply.”

The funding for this program comes from $166 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds awarded to Douglas County as part of the federal CARES Act. Douglas County has contracted with the Omaha Community Foundation to assist in developing and administering this grant program on behalf of the county, consistent with federal and state requirements.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations located in Douglas County. Eligible organizations must be an arts, culture, and entertainment organization or an organization that provides human services. Consistent with the CARES Act, these organizations must have sustained a loss of income/revenue and/or an increase of expenses since March 13, 2020, due to COVID-19.

Questions may be directed to, or by calling 402-884-0450.