Mayor Stothert’s 2014 Neighborhood Grants

 Program Overview

The Program

Mayor Stothert’s 2014 Neighborhood Grants Program has been developed to support Omaha neighborhood organizations with projects that are intended to creatively improve: the neighborhood’s quality of life, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and livability.  All neighborhood organizations registered and listed in the City of Omaha’s Neighborhood Association Directory are eligible to apply for these funds.  Grant requests are limited to $5,000 and all projects funded must be completed by December 31, 2014.

Requirements

  • Neighborhood organizations must be registered and listed in the City of Omaha’s Neighborhood Association Directory: http://www.cityofomaha.org/planning/hcd/neighborhood-associations
  • An incomplete application may result in disqualification.
  • Grants can only be made for public purposes and cannot result in any benefit or improvement to individual citizens or privately owned property.
  • Prior grant award final reports must have been submitted to the Mayor’s Office.
  • Projects must have prior approval from the Neighborhood Association Board of Directors.
  • Priority funding will be given to applicants that have participated in a Place Game Workshop through Omaha By Design.
  • If a proposed project requires a permit or department approval, contact should be made with the relevant department prior to the submission of a Neighborhood Grant application. 
  • Matching funds are required.  This can be in the form of volunteer labor.  The match amount does not need to be the same as the requested grant amount. 

Dates

  • Grant applications must be submitted no later than March 24th, 2014. 

Late applications will not be considered.

  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than April 25th, 2014.
  • All funded projects must submit a final evaluation by January 30th, 2015.

How to Apply

To apply for a 2014 Mayor’s Neighborhood Grant, submit one (1) complete application electronically to neighborhoodgrants@ci.omaha.ne.us.  All applicants who submit electronically will receive a receipt of submission.  Applications can also be mailed, or delivered to Neighborhood Grants Program, 1819 Farnam Street, Suite 300, Omaha, NE 68183.  If you have questions, please call the Neighborhood Grants Program at 402-444-5546, or email neighborhoodgrants@ci.omaha.ne.us for assistance.

Grant Awards Selection

The City of Omaha and community representatives will review all applications and submit their final recommendations to Mayor Jean Stothert.

Tentative Timeline

Monday, February 24, 2014                           Release Applications
Thursday, March 6th 2014 at 5:30 p.m.          Workshop in the Legislative Chamber
Monday, March 24th, 2014                             Grant applications due
Friday, April 25th, 2014                                  Email Notification of Grant Outcome Distributed
Wednesday May 7th 2014 at 10:30 a.m.        Mayor’s Press Conference

Communications

Mayor Stothert’s 2014 Neighborhood Grants Program will be available on Mayor Stothert’s website (http://mayors-office.cityofomaha.org/neighborhoods), and the City of Omaha website (http://www.cityofomaha.org/city-home).

Grant Application Questions

  1. A brief description of the Neighborhood organization
  2. Membership size and geographic boundaries of the organization
  3. Brief description of the project (need and objective)
  4. How the project will impact the community
  5. How the organization will measure the success of the project
  6. How the proposed project will be accomplished, including timeline for completion
  7. Itemized budget of all expected project costs
  8. How the project will be maintained and built upon
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