After a review of 77 letters of intent and 38 applications from nonprofits serving diverse needs throughout the metro area, we’re pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Fund for Omaha grant awards. This cycle was open for large organizations, those with an operating budget of over $500,000.

The Omaha Community Foundation’s philosophy with the Fund for Omaha is to expand our knowledge of the community’s needs and the nonprofits serving the community. A committee reviews funding requests supporting programming, capacity building, and operations of nonprofit organizations serving Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties.

This grant process helps the Foundation reach as far as possible in the nonprofit community. Our areas of importance are:

  • Strong understanding of the needs being addressed
  • Connection within the community
  • Emphasis on learning and adapting as dynamics change
  • Commitment to work towards data-driven decision making
  • Exploration of creative solutions grounded in sustainable practices

The following 6 nonprofits received a total of $110,000 in grants from the Fund for Omaha.

  • College Possible – $15,000 support for college readiness, college success program for first-generation college students
  • Food Bank of the Heartland – $20,000 support to feed parents during the summer lunch program
  • Girls Inc. of Omaha – $10,000 support for “Board of Educated Ladies” adolescent health program
  • Children’s Respite Care Center – $25,000 support to help fund institutional accreditation
  • Women’s Fund – $15,000 support for Today’s Omaha Woman
  • Nebraska Enterprise Fund – $25,000 capacity building support program for small businesses in North and South Omaha

The Fall 2016 Fund for Omaha process will open with a Letter of Intent beginning July 1 and due July 22. Please visit the Fund for Omaha page for details.