The Omaha Community Foundation awarded a total of $155,303 to 15 local organizations from three specialized grant funds: Creche Childhood Education FundJetton Charitable Fund, and Richard A. Shaw Fund. Each fund supports specific programming in the community driven by the intent of donors who established the grant programs.

Jetton Charitable Fund Grant Recipients

The Jetton Charitable Fund supports youth exposure to the performing and visual arts, in addition to student exposure to STEM and/or history programs. The Fund places an emphasis on programs offered by area cultural institutions or nonprofits, rather than traditional classroom instruction.

  • African Culture Connection: $20,000 for 2021-2022 Student-Focused Authentic Cultural Experiences
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands: $5,000 for STEM Education for School-Aged Children
  • City Sprouts: $7,5000 for Seed to Table: Educational Programming
  • Fashion Arts Collective: $10,000 for Fashion Construction for Students
  • Girls Incorporated of Omaha: $7,500 for Arts Programming
  • Institute for Holocaust Education: $5,575 for 2021-2022 Art & the Holocaust
  • Kids Can Community Center: $15,000 for STEMsmart Academy
  • Omaha Community Playhouse: $5,341 for Full-Day Immersive Theatre Workshops
  • Omaha Conservatory of Music: $15,000 for String Sprouts
  • Omaha Symphony: $12,000 for 2021-2022 Margre Durham Concerts for Youth: The Orchestra Swings
  • Opera Omaha: $13,387 for Community Engagement and Education Programming for Children and Youth
  • WhyArts: $10,000 for Arts Education Workshops for Young Learners

Creche Childhood Education Fund Grant Recipients

The Creche Childhood Education Fund was established following the closure of the Creche Home for Children in 2014. The Fund continues the organization’s 127-year legacy of serving youth in Omaha by distributing a maximum of $25,000 a year to nonprofits providing educational services to underserved children.

  • 100 Black Men of Omaha: $10,000 for 100 Saturday Academy
  • Omaha Conservatory of Music: $7,5000 for String Sprouts
  • OneWorld Community Health Centers: $8,000 for South Omaha Learning Community Center

Richard A. Shaw Fund Grant Recipients

The Richard A. Shaw Fund awards grants to organizations with a focus on history, the natural sciences, outdoor education, or animals. It was established to honor the life and legacy of Richard A. Shaw, a graduate of Benson High School and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, who worked as a teacher in Ralston and Elkhorn schools throughout his life. Each year the fund distributes $3,500 through two grants that support an organization’s mission.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands: $1,500 for Expanded North Omaha Fishing Club
  • Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy: $2,000 for Equine-Assisted Learning for At-Risk Youth & Foster Care Children

Visit the Field of Interest Funds page for more information about each of these funds and their application dates.