Douglas County Food Services Stimulus

Support for Small, Locally Owned Eateries

The Omaha Community Foundation and the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, in partnership with Douglas County, are offering $2 million to support small, locally owned and operated businesses in the food and beverage industry severely impacted by the pandemic.

“As we start to think about recovery and rebuilding, getting stimulus funds into the hands of local businesses is a strong step forward.” -Donna Kush, president and CEO of the Omaha Community Foundation

>>> Read more about the stimulus program.

Application Process

The application was open February 8-17 via the Omaha Community Foundation grant portal.

The deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 22.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a small, locally-owned business in the food and beverage industry, based in Douglas County and operating under one of the following NAICS Codes: 7223- Special Food Services (i.e. caterers and food trucks); 7224- Drinking Places; or 7225- Restaurants and Other Eating Places.
  • Be active through the Nebraska Secretary of State and currently collecting and remitting sales tax.
  • Have been in operation in Douglas County since January 2019 and currently be open to the public.
  • Have an annual gross revenue of $1.25 million or less as demonstrated in 2019 financial statements.
  • UPDATED: Have lost at least 30% of income/revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19, as demonstrated by a reduction in sales tax remittance.

>>> Questions? Check out the FAQ page.

Application Assistance

The Omaha Community Foundation hosted two training webinars. You can view the PowerPoint slides here.

*Also available in Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili.

Getting Started

You will need the following in order to complete the grant application:

  • 2019 financial statements and 2020 gross revenue. Must include expenses and revenue.
  • 2019 and 2020 quarterly Nebraska sales tax remittance forms.
  • Federal tax filing for January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
  • Estimate of your business’s loss of income/revenue due to COVID-19 in 2020.
  • Estimated total current hours in payroll.

For more information, contact us at stimulus@omahafoundation.org or the Nebraska Enterprise Fund at NEFdesk@nebbiz.org or (402) 265-0230.

Visit our online grant portal to apply.

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