Fund for Omaha
Strategic investment in six priority areas of the community
The Fund for Omaha is a grant program funded by the Omaha Community Foundation, along with local philanthropists, as a strategic investment in the following areas:
Arts & Culture
- Activates community engagement to support under-represented arts and cultural organizations.
- Ensures equitable access to high-quality arts education for K-12 students.
- Ensures safe and affordable housing for all.
- Creates paths to home ownership that support community wealth building.
- Ensures clean and safe public spaces that build social connectivity.
- Expands access to living-wage jobs.
- Improves job quality and economic resiliency for low-wage workers.
- Ensures student readiness for college and job training.
- Ensures accessibility of affordable, nutritious food.
- Ensures access to quality behavioral health services for marginalized populations.
- Ensures access to jobs, healthcare, and schools.
- Supports economic development in areas with access to public transportation.
- Advocates for the expansion of public transportation for low-income neighborhoods.
- Amplifies the voice of underrepresented communities.
- Builds grassroots capacity of nonprofit organizations.
- Supports advocacy efforts to address systems change.
- Increases community connections within and across 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: $2,500 – $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 not encouraged to apply. Generally, the committee does not fund organizations for multiple years but is open to considering special or unique requests.