Omaha Neighborhood Grants
Strengthening Omaha by engaging residents on neighborhood-led projects
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. Precious McKesson, president of the North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, serves as the chair for the 5-person committee.
Goals of the program include:
- To promote conversation and collaboration between neighbors as a means of developing shared priorities, and increasing neighborhood growth and engagement.
- To develop leadership skills of neighborhood residents, including consensus-building, communications, project planning, fundraising, and teamwork.
- 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.
Grants range from $500 to $5,000 to local neighborhood groups and associations. Up to $50,000 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. Applications must be submitted via the online grant portal.
Awards are announced via email in May. Projects must be completed in the year awarded.
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.
ONE Omaha is available to support residents that would like assistance in developing a project or building neighborhood capacity.
Please contact Julie Smith at email@example.com or 402-554-3580 to learn more.