African American Unity Fund
Supporting initiatives for the African American community
The African American Unity Fund supports initiatives and organizations that benefit this community in Omaha. Grounded in resident-led decision making, the program is guided by a committee of African American representatives who have an understanding of what actions will be most impactful in addressing the needs of their community. Tonya Conley serves as the chair for the 10-person committee.
Possible funding areas may include, but are not limited to:
- Arts and Culture (visual arts, arts education, cultural programs)
- Basic Human Needs (food, shelter, clothing)
- Community Development (leadership training, neighborhood groups, youth programs)
- Health and Wellness (medical, dental, mental or behavioral health, nutrition, physical activities)
- Capacity Building (fundraising, technology or operating expenses)
Applications that propose collaborative projects among multiple organizations are welcome. African American representation among clients served, management, staff, and board members is considered during the decision making process.
Grants of up to $30,000 are awarded. Up to $200,000 in grant funding will be awarded each year. The average grant award is $10,000 to $15,000.
The application period is open annually January 1 – March 1. Applications must be submitted via the online grant portal.
Awards are announced via email in May. Projects must be completed in the year awarded.
Public, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, OR working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent who can receive funds on your behalf.
There is no organizational operating budget limit. Organizations of all sizes that fit the other criteria are eligible to apply.
Innovative programs, initiatives, services, or other ideas within the above-stated focus areas that serve African Americans in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
Applicants from previous years may apply again this year if they’ve submitted last year’s evaluation report to the Omaha Community Foundation.
Applicants’ policies and practices must be in alignment with the following non-discrimination clause: The applicant organization does not discriminate in hiring practices or service provision to clients and/or customers based on race, ethnicity, religious preference, age, [mental, emotional, or physical] ability/disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, or gender.
These requirements, including eligibility of repeat funding, focus areas, and budget limit, are subject to change annually. Additionally, the committee reserves the right to waive eligibility requirements to make awards that address critical community needs.