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Omaha Neighborhood Grants

The Omaha Neighborhood Grants program supports community leaders doing impactful work in their own neighborhoods; it’s about supporting residents who are making a difference right where they live and empowering neighbors to work together.

By connecting and empowering resident-led organizations and providing technical assistance and training, the Omaha Neighborhood Grants program takes a grassroots approach to addressing local priorities. Through practicing and growing active citizenship, we are building communities that reflect the vibrancy of Omaha.

Funding decisions are made by a diverse committee of residents representing neighborhoods across Omaha.

→ Anyone can donate to our five Community Interest Funds, which includes Omaha Neighborhood Grants.

Program Goals

Successful proposals will clearly address the primary goal of this program—to develop leadership skills of neighborhood residents which may include consensus-building, communications, project planning, fundraising, teamwork, and more.

Additionally, applicants are encouraged to incorporate additional program goals as applicable:

  • To promote conversation and collaboration between neighbors as a means of developing shared priorities, and increasing neighborhood growth and engagement.
  • To provide enhanced safety, beautification, organization, and/or social benefits to neighborhoods.
  • To strengthen relationships with the City of Omaha and/or related municipal agencies by ensuring that neighborhood associations are working in tandem with city agencies and in accordance with standard permit and approval processes.


Application Details

Up to $80,000 in grant funding will be awarded each year. The average grant award is $2,500.

The application period is open annually January 1 – March 1 (11:59 PM). Applications must be submitted via the online grant portal.

Awards are announced via email in May. Projects must be completed in the year awarded.


Eligibility Requirements

Neighborhood associations/groups must be 1) located within city limits of Omaha, NE; AND 2) listed in the City of Omaha’s Neighborhood Directory.

Applicants are not required to have a 501(c)(3) designation with the IRS.

*These requirements are subject to change annually. Additionally, the committee reserves the right to waive eligibility requirements to make awards that address critical community needs.


2024 Omaha Neighborhood Grants Committee Members

All funding decisions are made by a resident-led committee. Applications for new members to join are open March 1 – April 1, 2024. Learn more.

  • Dasha Sudar, Chair
  • Kate Bolay
  • Angela Gahan
  • Karrissa Jyles
  • Morgan Kazanjian
  • Will Roberts
  • Julie Smith
  • Itzeni Nayeli Lopez
  • Catherine McGuire
  • Liz Potter
  • Leah Vinton

Project Support

One Omaha is available to support residents who would like assistance in developing a project or building neighborhood capacity.

Learn more on their website and reach out at 402-913-0314 or to get help.

Questions? We’re here to help.
Dasia Horne

Senior Program Manager

Join the Giving

You can help us strengthen our community, and we can help you make your giving more effective. Be a part of the good we’re growing by contributing to one of our funds or opening your own philanthropic fund.