Fund for Omaha
Our philosophy with the Fund for Omaha is to expand our knowledge of the community’s needs and the nonprofits serving the community. We believe our place in the larger philanthropic environment is as a connector. Leveraging smaller grants to reach as far as possible in the nonprofit community helps us connect to as many people and organizations as possible. Areas of importance:
- Strong understanding of the needs being addressed
- Connection within the community (collaboration or leveraged resources)
- Emphasis on learning and adapting as dynamics change
- Commitment to work towards data-driven decision making
- Exploration of creative solutions grounded in sustainable practices
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are those defined as public, tax-exempt organizations by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that provide services in the Omaha metropolitan area (Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties).
Award Size: Grants will be between $5,000 and $25,000
Large organizations (operating budget of over $500,000) are eligible to apply during the Spring grant cycle.
Small organizations (operating budget of $500,000 and below) are eligible to apply in the Fall grant cycle.
- Strong board and executive leadership
- Financial integrity
Understanding of Needs
- Clearly defined need and identification of affected population
- Clarity of strategy to address need
Strength of Strategy
- Evidence of proven methods or promising strategies
- Integrated learning and adaptability
- Measuring outcomes to show results
Connection to OCF Work
- Broad base of FFO support across the community (service area + geography)
- Alignment to OCF resources
- Collaboration: How is the nonprofit coordinating with other programs, nonprofits, or community work to make their program as effective as possible?
- Leverage: Is the program leveraging other resources to make their program go further? How will this grant be used to leverage other resources?
- Innovation: Is this nonprofit pursuing promising work that may be more challenging to fund from traditional sources?
- Sustainability: If they’re taking a risk, is it grounded in sustainable practices?
- Will this funding lead to more capacity for the nonprofit to fulfill its mission?
Large organizations, or organizations with an operating budget above $500,000, will be eligible to apply for the Spring Fund for Omaha grant cycle. These organizations are able to apply for either programming support or capacity building expenses. Here are the important dates to know:
- Letter of Intent opens: January 4, 2017
- Letter of Intent due: January 27, 2017
- Eligible organizations invited to apply: February 24, 2017
- Grant application due: March 17, 2017
- Funding notifications: Beginning of May
Small organizations, or organizations with an operating budget of $500,000 and under, are eligible to apply for the Fall Fund for Omaha grant cycle. These organizations are able to apply for either operating support or capacity building expenses. Here are the important dates to know:
- Letter of Intent opens: July 3, 2017
- Letter of Intent due: July 25, 2017
- Eligible organizations invited to apply: August 24, 2017
- Grant application due: September 21, 2017
- Funding notifications: Beginning of November
Apply for a Grant
All Fund for Omaha grant cycles have closed for 2016. See dates above for 2017. When cycle is open, applications are submitted electronically via our grant portal here. Letters of Intent are ONLY accepted through this link and not via other methods. This is a new grant system. If you did not create a new account in 2016, you will need with your 2017 application.