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Fund for Omaha
Strategic investment in six priority areas of the community
The Omaha Community Foundation is reshaping the Fund for Omaha to listen and learn from organizations leading racial and social justice work in our community. To that end, we see it as a fundamental human right and sign of a healthy, inclusive community for there to be equal opportunity for all. Our community is stronger and more connected when we embrace diversity, acknowledge areas of growth, and invest in organizations leading the way.
We are committed to supporting organizations that amplify and care for the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with the following investments:
- Building grassroots capacity of nonprofit organizations.
- Supporting advocacy efforts to address systems change in communities of color.
- Increasing connections within and across communities.
- Local nonprofits that are working to ensure equitable access for people of color throughout our community.
We believe this work can happen, but is not limited to, investments in the following:
- Arts & Culture
- Economic Opportunity
- Vibrant Communities
We support local nonprofits that are working to ensure equitable access to opportunity for people throughout our community. With this in mind, funding decisions are made considering the following:
- Equitable access: the nonprofit provides an opportunity for all people to thrive; especially those whose voices are least heard
- Cultural awareness: the nonprofit demonstrates an understanding of the many cultures represented in the fabric of our community
- Authentic engagement: the nonprofit values people’s lived experience in the development, deployment, and facilitation of efforts to impact the community
- Capacity building: the grant will increase the nonprofit’s reach by bolstering its efforts in the above three ways.
Award Size: Applicants can request up to $25,000
Applications are accepted annually July 1 – August 1. Awards are announced via email by October 31.
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).
Organizations that have an annual operating budget of $5 million or less are eligible to apply.
Organizations that received funding in the prior year are no longer prohibited from funding. This is a change from past funding cycles in which organizations were not funded for consecutive years.