Creche Fund

Founded in 1887, the Creche Home for Children was Nebraska’s oldest nonprofit organization. Over the next 127 years, Creche operated in different capacities with many prominent Omaha philanthropists serving on the board of directors.

The one characteristic that never changed throughout Creche’s long history was its focus on helping children. Whether it was a lay nursery, kindergarten, custodial care facility, or childcare center, the heart of the organization was always on helping children.

In 2014, a decision was made to close the nonprofit and donate the endowment to the Omaha Community Foundation with the hope that the Creche mission—to better serve children in the Omaha metro area—will continue in perpetuity.

Grant Guidelines:

A maximum of three grants will be awarded totaling approximately $25,000.

Organizations may apply every year but are only eligible to receive a grant once every three years.


  1. Public 501(c)(3) organizations that benefit childhood educational services to children.
  2. Organization must be located in the Omaha metropolitan area (Douglas, Sarpy, or Pottawattamie Counties).
  3. 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 Criteria:

  1.  Organization must provide childhood educational services to underserved children up to 12 years of age.
  2. Grant dollars will be limited to educational programming and projects, and may not be used for operating expenses.

Application Information

The Creche Early Childhood Education Fund grant cycle is now closed. 

Applications are accepted annually from June 1 until July 15 (11:59pm).

To login to your account OR to check the status of your applications, please access your account here.

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact Anne Meysenburg at 402-342-3458 or

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