Eight organizations will receive a combined $50,000 in funding to support refugee populations throughout Omaha.

Established in early 2020 in response to the ongoing need of refugee community members in the Omaha metro, the Refugee Community Grant Fund, led by the Omaha Community Foundation in partnership an advisory board which will soon be completely comprised of representatives from refugee populations, strategically supports initiatives and organizations serving refugee communities and populations.

Funding priorities include, but are not limited to:

  • Family stabilization
  • Education and culture
  • Youth support and access
  • Physical and behavioral health

Like many nonprofits navigating the impacts of COVID-19, those serving marginalized communities are seeing how the intersections of race, socioeconomic status, and access can exacerbate the devastating impact of a global pandemic.

Organizations receiving funding in the first distribution cycle are:

  • Omaha Refugee Task Force, $5,000 for educations refugees on landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities
  • Somali-Bantu Community Omaha, $9,600 for COVID-19 community support
  • Youth for Greater Good, $5,000 for YFGG mentoring program
  • International Council for Refugees and Immigrants, $5,000 for Bridge to Prosperity
  • Nyampinga Empowering, $6,000 for female hygiene education
  • The Great Academy, $4,400 for World Tour Camp
  • Ethiopian Community Association of Omaha, $5,000 for COVID-19 victims families support
  • New Life Family Alliance, $10,000 for responding to COVID-19 needs in South Sudanese community

To learn more about the Refugee Community Grant Fund, click here. Applications are processed quarterly (January, April, July, October); can be submitted year-round; and, must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the following dates March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31.

Photo Credit: YMCA of Greater Omaha