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COVID-19 Resources

A year into the COVID-19 crisis, the needs of our community—and especially our nonprofits—have changed.

Our own COVID-19 Response Fund, coupled with federal CARES Act money, helped stabilize many of the nonprofits in the community and support them in the short-term from having to shutter or lay off staff, but the process of recovering—and rebuilding—is just beginning.

Community Resilience Fund

The Community Resilience Fund is dedicated to supporting Omaha-area organizations serving communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

As our community works to recover from the social, health, and economic impacts of the pandemic, we have identified five key focus areas:

  • Arts & Culture: Alleviating operational uncertainty until organizations can fully reopen and restabilize earned revenue through programs, performances, and exhibits.  Funding is prioritized for organizations that strengthen creative and cultural access within historically under-resourced communities.
  • Housing: Ensuring people can safely stay in their homes through legal assistance or financial support.
  • Learning Recovery: Supporting enrichment programs and activities to reverse disparities that grew among disenfranchised students due to remote learning and other educational disruptions.
  • Mental Health: Meeting the increased need for services and working to improve the overall mental health system.
  • Workforce & Economic Opportunity: Helping people gain new skills or education to find and secure stable employment.

Application Details

As of Friday, August 6, 2021, we will be temporarily pausing this grant program to transition the application to a new portal.

When the program resumes, applications will be processed monthly. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, as funding allows.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a public, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue or working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent who can receive funds on your behalf. Qualified organizations must provide services for Douglas, Sarpy, or Pottawattamie counties.

Applicants’ policies and practices must be in alignment with the following non-discrimination clause: The applicant organization does not discriminate in hiring practices or service provision to clients and/or customers based on race, ethnicity, religious preference, age, [mental, emotional, or physical] ability/disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, or gender.

Grant Recipients

Grant applications are being accepted and processed on a rolling basis as funds come in.

Grants Made in May 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $103,738.75 in grants to five Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.

Grants Made in June 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $83,000 in grants to seven Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.

Grants Made in July 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $98,352 in grants to nine Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.

Grants Made in August 2021
The Community Resilience Fund awarded $65,000 in grants to three Omaha-area nonprofit organizations.

Questions? We’re here to help.
Laura Contreras

Program Manager

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