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

Structure

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).

Prior Year Funding: 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.

Award Size:  Grants will be between $5,000 and $25,000

Budget Size:
Large organizations (operating budget of over $500,000) are eligible to apply during the Spring grant cycle.
Small organizations (operating budget of $499,999 and below) are eligible to apply in the Fall grant cycle.

Criteria

Organizational Strength

  • 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

Infrastructure + Resource Management

  • 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?

Timeline

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 1, 2018
  • Letter of Intent due: January 20, 2018
  • Full application requests: February 15, 2018
  • Grant application due: March 15, 2018
  • 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 1, 2018
  • Letter of Intent due: July 20, 2018
  • Requests for full applications: August 20, 2018
  • Grant application due: September 15, 2018
  • Funding notifications: Beginning of November

Apply for a Grant

The 2018 Fall Fund for Omaha – LOI process is now OPEN!

LOIs are accepted annually from July 1 until July 20 (11:59 pm). To access the application, please click here.

Applications must be submitted through the online grant system. If you need special accommodations, please contact Katrina or Anne at 402-342-3458.

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

This is a new grant system.  If you have not created an account, you will need to do so prior to accessing the application.

Letter of Intent Instructions (2015)

Application Instructions (2017)

Fund for Omaha History (2015)

 

 

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