Equality Fund

The Equality Fund for LGBTQIA+ has been established to cultivate a community that supports, includes, and respects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex and non-binary individuals and families.

This Fund is a collaboration between the Sherwood Foundation, Mutual of Omaha, Conagra Brands Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation—and is administered by the Omaha Community Foundation. All decisions are made by a community led committee that represents the LGBTQIA+ community.


Focus: The initial areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, support for:

  • Services to youth, individuals, and families who identify as LGBTQIA+ according to effective practice standards;
  • Educational opportunities that highlight the need for, and benefit from, equitable treatment of LGBTQIA+ individuals and families;
  • Nonprofit partners working on public policy and the intersection of LGBTQIA+ concerns and other social issues.

Application Details: Applications accepted from June 1-July 15; Awards announced via email in September.

  • Up to $200,000 in grant funding will be awarded for 2018. The committee is not obligated to grant all available funds.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically via the online grant portal
  • Future cycles: A strengths and needs assessment is currently being conducted that will be used to determine the focus areas of this fund, and guide future grant cycles.

Eligibility Requirements:  Public, tax-exempt organizations as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent receives funds on your behalf.

Serve and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and non-binary individuals, and families in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties.

Nonprofits receiving funding from OCF’s other grant programs, or from the Fund’s other philanthropic partners are eligible to apply.

Applicant organizations must have a non-discrimination policy that applies to employees, volunteers, customers, and clients that at the minimum includes protections with regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state, or local law.

The Committee reviews these requirements annually; however, it reserves the right to waive them if necessary, to make awards that address critical community needs.

Please contact Katrina Adams, Program Associate, at 402-342-3458 or Anne Meysenburg, Director of Community Investment, at 402-933-4237 with any questions.

Apply for a Grant

The 2018 Equality Fund process is now closed. Funding decisions will be announced in September 2018.

To log in to your account OR to check the status of that application, please access your account here.



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