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City of Omaha ARPA Community Grant Program

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The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting recession has disproportionately impacted historically disadvantaged communities, compounding underlying health and economic disparities. This presents potential for long-term health and financial challenges, along with the risk of increased concentrated poverty, unless action is taken.

Based on community feedback and how highlighted needs intersect with the federal requirements of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Omaha is partnering with the Omaha Community Foundation to assist in developing and administering the City of Omaha ARPA Community Grant Program.*

Funding will be provided to expand and enhance existing programs in areas of Crisis Intervention & Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development. The grant program will focus on supporting Qualified Census Tracts (QCT), where at least 50% of households have an income less than 60% of the Area Median Gross Income (AMGI), or a poverty rate of at least 25%.

You can view Omaha QCTs here. All grant dollars must be for programs located in or serving clients living in a QCT.

The application period was February 15-April 1, 2022.


We hosted three training webinars to support the application process.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a public, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, OR working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent who can receive funds on your behalf.
  2. Complete a SAM.gov registration. Learn more here.
  3. Demonstrate a successful track record in the program area in which they are proposing for funding.
  4. Currently providing evidence-based or evidence-informed programs within one of the funding areas.
  5. Meet at least ONE of the following qualifications:

Program Details

No minimum or maximum award. Awards can be multi-year. The funding period is July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024.

  • Organizations will be required to submit a mid-year report in December 2022 and 2023, and a final report in June 2023 and June 2024 for the funding year.
  • Organizations must submit a final report for the year to get the funding for the following year.

Inability to reach program deliverables can result in the nullification of the grant award for the second year of funding.

As this funding is a one-time opportunity, organizations will need to provide a sustainability plan for programming continuing beyond the two-year period.

Requests must be for program-related investments only, no capital campaigns or projects.

Download the Project Budget Template.

Funding Areas

  1. Crisis Intervention & Violence Prevention. Services for individuals and families who may be experiencing violence including domestic violence or sexual assault.
    • Adults (individuals over the age of 18). Evidence-based community violence intervention programs to prevent violence and mitigate the increase in violence during the pandemic.
    • Youth. Programs supporting youth, from infants to 18, stay safe and be successful in life. Qualified programming includes:
      • Out of School Time
      • Mentoring Programs
      • Gang Prevention & Intervention
      • Employment
      • Absenteeism & Truancy Prevention
    • Community-Based Services. For individuals who may be experiencing a mental health or behavioral health crisis. Please note, this does not include services provided in a clinical setting.
      • Community-based mental health and substance use disorder programs that deliver evidence-based crisis support services, medications for opioid use disorder, and/or recovery support.
      • Services that connect individuals in crisis or in need of trauma recovery support to needed behavioral and mental health support. This includes temporary mental and behavioral health support to stabilize those in crisis before referring to long term care.
  2. Workforce Development. Programs and services for workers who were unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic or the resulting recession, or who were already unemployed or underemployed when the pandemic began and remain so due to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic.
    • Includes training, certifications, and employment programs, as well as employment or job training services to address negative economic or public health impacts experienced due to a worker’s occupation or level of training. Including but not limited to programs that provide:
      • Paid training and/or work experience primarily to (1) formerly incarcerated individuals, and/or (2) communities experiencing high levels of violence exacerbated by the pandemic.
      • Workforce readiness training, apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship opportunities, skills development, placement services, and/or coaching and mentoring.

Technical Assistance

Have questions or seeking support? In-depth coaching appointments will be available February 20 through March 25. Pre-work will be required to make the most of these appointments. You can also visit our FAQ.

To make an appointment, call 402-884-0450 or email ARPA@omahafoundation.org and include your organization’s name in the subject line.

*This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP0230 awarded to the City of Omaha by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Questions? We’re here to help.
Anne Meysenburg

Director of Community Investment
(402) 884-0450

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