Give to the new Community Resilience Fund to support our community as we rebuild and recover from COVID-19. DONATE NOW
A year into the COVID-19 crisis, the needs of our community—and especially our nonprofits—have changed.
Our own COVID-19 Response Fund, coupled with federal CARES Act money, helped stabilize many of the nonprofits in the community and support them in the short-term from having to shutter or lay off staff, but the process of recovering—and rebuilding—is just beginning.
Community Resilience Fund
The Community Resilience Fund is dedicated to supporting Omaha-area organizations serving communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
As our community works to recover from the social, health, and economic impacts of the pandemic, we have identified five key focus areas:
- Arts & Culture: Alleviating operational uncertainty until organizations can fully reopen and restabilize earned revenue through programs, performances, and exhibits. Funding is prioritized for organizations that strengthen creative and cultural access within historically under-resourced communities.
- Housing: Ensuring people can safely stay in their homes through legal assistance or financial support.
- Learning Recovery: Supporting enrichment programs and activities to reverse disparities that grew among disenfranchised students due to remote learning and other educational disruptions.
- Mental Health: Meeting the increased need for services and working to improve the overall mental health system.
- Workforce & Economic Opportunity: Helping people gain new skills or education to find and secure stable employment.
As of Friday, August 6, 2021, we will be temporarily pausing this grant program to transition the application to a new portal.
When the program resumes, applications will be processed monthly. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, as funding allows.
Applicants must be a public, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue or working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent who can receive funds on your behalf. Qualified organizations must provide services for Douglas, Sarpy, or Pottawattamie counties.
Applicants’ policies and practices must be in alignment with the following non-discrimination clause: The applicant organization does not discriminate in hiring practices or service provision to clients and/or customers based on race, ethnicity, religious preference, age, [mental, emotional, or physical] ability/disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, or gender.
Grant applications are being accepted and processed on a rolling basis as funds come in.
Grants Made in May 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $103,738.75 in grants to five Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Banister’s Leadership Academy: $20,000 for general operating support
- AIM Institute: $14,738.75 for their Accelerated Tech Training Program
- GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center: $9,000 for women entrepreneurs to start and sustain their businesses
- International Council on Refugees and Immigrants: $50,000 for a Refugee Peer Support Specialist initiative
- MOMentum: $10,000 to help 15 moms secure and maintain new employment opportunities
Grants Made in June 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $83,000 in grants to seven Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Girls Inc. of Omaha: $10,000 for summer literacy education programming
- The Simple Foundation: $15,000 for Academic Excellence & College for Success Program
- African Culture Connection: $10,000 for general operating support
- Culxr House: $15,000 for general operating support
- Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs, Inc.: $15,000 for Homeowner Repair Program
- inCOMMON Community Development: $15,000 for Workforce Development Program
- Language & Culture School of Omaha: $3,000 for ESL/GED instructor salary
Grants Made in July 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $98,352 in grants to nine Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Rose Theater: $10,000 for Alternative Curriculum Program Arts Education Pilot
- Project Houseworks: $15,000 for Home Repair Program
- Child Saving Institute: $5,000 for SAFE Program
- Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: $15,000 for Maya Youth Academic Achievement Project
- Omaha Street School: $7,500 for literacy and technology resources
- Restoring Dignity: $6,652 for mobile vaccination clinics
- Somali Community Service, Inc.: $10,000 for immigrant assistance services
- Somali American Heritage Society of Nebraska: $4,200 for immigrant support for unemployment
- OneWorld: $25,000 for rent and utilities for vulnerable populations
Grants Made in August 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $65,000 in grants to three Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.
- Boys Town: $25,000 for LIFT Together
- Gotta Be Me, Inc.: $15,000 for general operating support
- Nebraska Center for Workforce Development & Education: $25,000 for Project Reset