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
Budget Size: Proposals will be divided into two categories based on the budget size of the applicant organization, small ($500,000 and under) and large (over $500,000), allowing organization applications to be reviewed with similar sized peers.
If awarded a Fund for Omaha grant, an organization is not eligible to receive funding the next 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?
Letter of Intent: Open July 1 – July 31. Organizations will be notified via email by August 21 if they are selected to continue in the application process.
Application: Open August 21 – September 18. Organizations will be notified of awards via email in early November.
Apply for a Grant
The window to submit a Letter of Intent has closed. If selected to continue the application process, organizations that submitted an LOI will be notified via email by August 21.
Organizations invited to apply following review of the Letters of Intent are the only organizations that will receive the full grant application. Handwritten, physically delivered or mailed applications will not be accepted.