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Refugee Community Grant Fund

Supporting initiatives for refugee communities

The Refugee Community Grant Fund supports initiatives and organizations that benefit this community in Omaha. Currently, the Omaha Community Foundation is in partnership with an advisory board to aid in funding decisions, however, in the coming months this board will transition to an all resident-led decision making group. The committee will be comprised of representatives from refugee populations who understand what investments will be most impactful in addressing the needs of their community.

Funding priorities include, but are not limited to:

  • Family stabilization
  • Education and culture
  • Youth support and access
  • Physical and mental health

Applications that demonstrate collaboration among multiple organizations are encouraged. Refugee representation (among clients served, management, staff, and board members) is considered during the decision making process.

Application Details

Up to $50,000 in grant funding will be awarded per grant cycle. Funding requests may not exceed $5,000. The average grant award is $1,000 to $5,000.

Applications are processed quarterly (January, April, July, October); can be submitted year-round; and, must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the following dates March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a 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.

Innovative programs, initiatives, services, or other ideas within the above-stated focus areas that serve refugee communities in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

Previous grant recipients may apply again if their final report was submitted to the Omaha Community Foundation.

Applicants’ policies and practices must be in alignment with the following non-discrimination clause:

Applicant organizations may not lawfully or unlawfully discriminate in its hiring practices or service provision to clients and/or customers based on race, ethnicity, religious preference, age, [mental, emotional, or physical] disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, or gender.
Additionally, organizations must submit their anti-discrimination policy at time of application.

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