LGBTQIA+ Equality Fund
Cultivating support, inclusion, and respect
TheLGBTQIA+ Equality Fund has been established to cultivate a community that supports, includes, and respects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and non-binary individuals and families.
This Fund is a collaboration between the Sherwood Foundation (founding partner), Mutual of Omaha Foundation, Conagra Brands Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation—and is administered by the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF).
All decisions are made by a community-led committee that represents the LGBTQIA+ community. Tom Elser serves as the chair for this committee.
The initial areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, support for:
- Services to youth, individuals, and families who identify as LGBTQIA+ according to effective practice standards
- Educational opportunities that highlight the need for, and benefit from, equitable treatment of LGBTQIA+ individuals and families
- Nonprofit partners working on public policy and the intersection of LGBTQIA+ concerns and other social issues.
Applications that propose collaborative projects among multiple organizations are welcome. LGBTQIA+ representation among clients served, management, staff, and board members is considered during the decision making process. A strengths and needs assessment is currently being conducted that will be used to determine the focus areas of this fund and guide future grant cycles.
Up to $200,000 in grant funding will be awarded each year. The average grant award is $15,000 to $20,000.
The application period is open annually June 1 – July 15. Applications must be submitted via the online grant portal.
Awards are announced via email in September. Projects must be completed by the following May.
Public, tax-exempt organizations as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, OR working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent receives 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and non-binary individuals and families in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.
Nonprofits receiving funding from Omaha Community Foundation’s other grant programs, or from the Fund’s other philanthropic partners are eligible to apply. Applicants from previous years may apply again this year if they’ve submitted last year’s evaluation report to the Omaha Community Foundation.
Applicants must have a non-discrimination policy that applies to employees, volunteers, customers, and clients that at the minimum includes protections with regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state, or local law.
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.