Omaha Neighborhood Grants Program

Strengthening resident voice and engagement is recognized as critical to building stronger communities.  By connecting and empowering resident-led organizations, and providing technical assistance and training, the Omaha Neighborhood Grants Program utilizes a grassroots approach to address local priorities, practice and grow active citizenship, and build community to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.  Recognizing the importance of resident-led decision making, all funding awards will be determined by a diverse committee representing neighborhoods across Omaha.

The Omaha Neighborhood Grants Program is a collaboration between the Peter Kiewit Foundation, the Omaha Community Foundation, and ONE Omaha.  

Mission:

To support and engage residents throughout Omaha on collaborative, neighbor-led projects that benefit and strengthen the neighborhood and broader community.  

Goals:

  • Promotes conversation and collaboration between neighbors as a means of developing shared priorities, and increasing neighborhood growth and engagement
  • Develops leadership skills of neighborhood residents, including consensus-building, communications, project planning, fundraising, and teamwork
  • Provides enhanced safety, beautification, organization, and/or social benefits to neighborhoods
  • Strengthens relationships with the City of Omaha and/or related municipal agencies by ensuring that neighborhood associations are working in tandem with city agencies, and in accordance with standard permit and approval processes

 

Application Details:

  • The application period runs from November 1 through February 1
  • Notifications will be delivered via email by March 31
  • Grant requests must be between $500 and $5,000, and cannot exceed 50% of full project costs
  • Up to $50,000 in grant funding will be awarded each year
  • Applications must be submitted electronically via the online grant portal

Eligibility and Award Requirements:

Neighborhood associations/groups must be 1) located within city limits of Omaha, NE; AND 2) listed in the City of Omaha’s Neighborhood Directory.

Applicants are not required to have a 501(c)(3) designation with the IRS.

Funded projects require a 1:1 match in the form of cash, volunteer hours, in-kind services, or the contribution of materials, supplies, and other program‐related donations. Grant funds will be distributed once the match requirement is met and documentation is provided to, and verified by, the Omaha Community Foundation.

Project Support and Questions:

ONE Omaha is available to support residents that would like assistance in developing a project or building neighborhood capacity. Please contact Julie Smith at julie.smith@oneomaha.org or 402-547-7473 to learn more.  

Application Information

The 2017–2018 Neighborhood Grants application is now open! To access the application, please click here. The application opens November 1, 2017 and closes February 1, 2018. Only responses submitted via the online grant request portal will be considered for funding.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Katrina Adams or Anne Meysenburg at 402-342-3458. You can also email us at neighborhoodgrants@omahafoundation.org.

Omaha Neighborhood Grant Program - Application Information

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