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COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

During this unprecedented time for our community, the Omaha Community Foundation is committed to investing in nonprofits who are working on the front lines and providing support for the most vulnerable during this crisis.

We’ve put together resources to help organizations navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Douglas County CARES Act Grant Programs

The Douglas County CARES Act Programs are available to support nonprofit organizations operating in Douglas County with expenses due to the coronavirus health epidemic. Learn more by following the links below:

Douglas County CARES Arts, Culture and Entertainment Program

Douglas County CARES Not-for-Profit Assistance Program

Douglas County Stimulus Grants Program

COVID-19 Response Fund

OCF launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide flexible resources to organizations in the metro area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this pandemic.

The first phase of this work has been a rapid response for immediate needs connecting with local partners in the following sectors: food access, healthcare, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance, and seniors. However, we know that needs are rapidly evolving and want to be ready to understand what is most pressing as this crisis continues to unfold.

We Want to Hear from You

If your organization has deep roots in the community and experience working with residents without health insurance or access to sick days, with limited English language proficiency, those who are low-wage workers, and communities of color, among others, please share more about the needs you’re addressing that are specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our current focus areas include:

Food Support: With school closings, many school age community members are missing out on essential meals for the day. Additionally, low wage and/or hourly workers may further struggle to access to food.

Healthcare: Healthcare organizations will be handling cases of the virus, while also caring for those in our most vulnerable populations.

Emergency Housing: These service providers need to stay open and take extra measures to ensure their client’s safety during this unprecedented time.

Emergency Financial Assistance: Families and individuals may struggle with rent, mortgage, or utilities due to job loss or loss of wages.

Seniors: Seniors are among the most affected by the virus, but will also have less access to needed medication and food as a result of community-wide social distancing strategies.

If you have previously applied for an Omaha Community Foundation grant, you just need to log in to complete the application.

If you have never applied for a grant before, you’ll need to create an account (it’s easy!) before you can complete the application.

If you’ve previously provided information via the questionnaire or in some other way, an additional application does not need to be completed. 




In this phase of the COVID-19 Response Fund, we are currently accepting requests for emergency assistance related to basic needs. Preference will be given to those who coordinate with community partners. At this time, the Fund is not considering requests for operating support to assist with revenue loss as a result of event cancellations and postponements or facility closures. 

COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

Information about the Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: 

Slide deck for the webinar “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?” 

Recording of “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills:  What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?” 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES Act 

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the Cares Act 

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19: 

What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Nonprofits 

Navigating Remote Work: 

How to Facilitate Effective Online Meetings  

How to Keep Remote Worker Wellbeing High 

Coping With Anxiety Over COVID-19 

Planning & Response :

Crisis Response Toolkit

CDC’s Guidance on COVID-19 for Community and Faith-Based Organizations 

How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19 

Nonprofit Legal Issues Stemming from COVID-19 

Crisis Funding and Debt: What Organizations Need to Know 

Budget Scenario Planning Template 

Cash Flow Projection Tool 

Coronavirus Crisis Communications Triage Kit 

Leading Your Nonprofit In a Time of Pandemic 


How to recover revenue from canceled fundraising events 

Events during COVID: uprooting and rescheduling fundraising events 

Other resources: 

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands  

National Council of Nonprofits 

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