Omaha nonprofits selected to get a piece of federal ARPA pandemic recovery funds

By: - June 29, 2022 11:53 am
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Volunteers work at a soup kitchen for the homeless. (Getty Images)

OMAHA — City of Omaha and community leaders on Wednesday announced 55 more local nonprofit agencies that are to receive a piece of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act funding.

The organizations that collectively will get $15 million were selected for their direct response to negative economic impacts of COVID-19. A total of 244 applications were received.

“We have the opportunity to provide direct aid to organizations that support individuals and families,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.

The grants are part of the $112 million in ARPA funds that Omaha received this year.

The United Way of the Midlands and the Omaha Community Foundation were tapped earlier by the city to select worthy nonprofits. The two organizations chose programs that address basic needs, including access to food, shelter, health care and financial literacy. They chose programs also that focus on youth, mental health and employment services.

“With this grant program, we used one of our successful grant-making models and engaged a resident-led committee to ensure investments in the community are impactful,” said Donna Kush, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.

Shawna Forsberg, president and CEO of the local United Way, said the pandemic exposed barriers and widened gaps but also highlighted the resiliency of nonprofits and the populations they serve.

“This unique and impactful funding will strengthen our collective ability to respond and recover from the challenges presented by COVID,” she said.

Grants awarded

100 Black Men of Omaha, mentoring, $50,000

AIM Institute, accelerated technical training, $154,354

Bluebird Cultural Initiative, behavioral and mental health support services, $220,640

Boys & Girls Club, Great Futures Program, $213,041

Carole’s House of Hope, housing, mental health services for homeless mothers, $150,000

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Omaha, domestic violence services, $176,373

Charles Drew Health Center, crisis intervention, $600,000

Child Saving Institute, pediatric and adolescent mental health services, $299,436

Center for Holistic Development, family engagement and resource connection, $268,000

City Sprouts, urban farming summer internship, $200,000

Completely Kids, food and education support, mental health services, $560,000 

Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixam, Maya Health Initiative, $432,600

Empowerment Network, Omaha 360 and Step-Up, $358,475

ENCAP, rent, utilities, medical expenses, $100,000

Family Housing Advisory Services, free tax preparation services, $160,000

Food Bank for the Heartland, food access, $158,494

Girls Inc. of Omaha, Girls Inc. Experience, $300,000

Greater Omaha Attendance and Learning Services, community navigation program, $70,000

Heart Ministry Center, Fresh Start program, $200,000

Heartland Family Service, behavioral health and Nebraska Family Works, $637,500

Heartland Hope Mission, hunger and homelessness prevention, $160,000

Heartland Workforce Solutions, job center, $600,000

Hope Center, employment and learning academy,  $100,000

Immigrant Legal Center, services for survivors of crime and human trafficking, $330,000

InCommon Community Development, youth program, $183,626

Intercultural Senior Center, food pantry, $160,000

Kids Can, mentoring, $200,000

Kim Foundation, suicide prevention campaign, $120,000

Latino Center of the Midlands, youth internships, $148,832

Legal Aid of Nebraska, legal services for families in crisis, $244,404

Lutheran Family Services, behavioral health and healthy families programs, $343,680

Mentor Nebraska, mentoring, $94,200

Nebraska Medical Center, violence intervention, $400,000

Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation, counseling, $187,000

New Visions, homeless veterans services, $120,000

No More Empty Pots, community harvest, $250,000

North Omaha Area Health, mental health outreach program, $320,000

NorthStar Foundation, student support services, $110,000

Ollie Webb Center, supportive employment program, $89,418

One World Community Health Center, behavioral and medical health care, $610,000

Omaha Home for Boys, mental and behavioral health and housing services, $450,000

PACE (Police Athletics for Community Engagement), violence prevention and mentoring, $360,000

Partnership for Kids, college and career readiness program, $500,000

Santa Monica, residential treatment for women with addictions, $100,000

Siena Francis House, shelter and recovery programs, $709,169

Stephen Center, emergency shelter program, $100,000

The Bike Union Mentoring Project, apprentice program, $100,000

The Salvation Army, utility assistance, $80,000

The Simple Foundation, safe place to play and learn program, $426,959

Together Inc., rehousing and food programs, $250,000

Urban League of Nebraska, community coach enhancement program, $300,000

Visiting Nurse Association, maternal child community home visitation, $113,272

Whispering Roots, emergency food production and delivery, $200,000

Women’s Center for Advancement, housing, safety and mental health support, $385,000

YouTurn, violence prevention, $245,473

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect an additional nonprofit.


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Cindy Gonzalez
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Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics.