United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha, Deffenbaugh Industries Announce 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Initiative

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OMAHA – The United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha (UNAO) and Deffenbaugh Industries are pleased to announce the 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Initiative. The goal is to support projects that encourage collaboration and create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods.

UNAO is made up of six neighborhood alliances: Benson-Ames Alliance, Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Northwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance and Southwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance. Deffenbaugh Industries has provided each neighborhood alliance with $1,500.

The neighborhood alliances, in turn, will award the $1,500 in grant funding to a neighborhood association or associations within their respective alliance boundaries to fund a neighborhood project or projects. Each neighborhood alliance is responsible for soliciting project proposals from the neighborhood associations within its respective alliance areas.

“The continued commitment from corporate partners to Omaha neighborhoods is amazing and appreciated,” said Mike Battershell, chairman of the United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha. “This funding allows neighbors to identify their greatest need, develop a plan and implement a solution. This is the strength of community and of neighborhood associations.”

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • Take place within the specified boundaries of each neighborhood alliance (outlined below)
  • Encourage collaboration between the applicant and its respective alliance
  • Help create a healthy, vibrant neighborhood

In the event that an applicant represents an area where an active neighborhood association no longer exists, the applicant must show how this project could help revive a neighborhood association to serve the area.

The deadline to submit an application to the geographically appropriate alliance is Monday, June 2. The winning applications will be announced Monday, June 23. All projects must be completed by Monday, Oct. 6. A final project report must be submitted to the geographically appropriate alliance by no later than Monday, Nov. 10. The winning projects also will be asked to share their experiences in a panel discussion at the local IN the Neighborhoods conference Oct. 11.

Below are the eligible project boundaries and contact information for each neighborhood alliance.

Benson-Ames Alliance
Western Avenue on the south, Sorensen Parkway on the north, Saddle Creek Road/Fontenelle Boulevard on the east and 72nd Street on the west
Liz Moldenhauer, 402.880.4664 or elizabeth.moldenhauer@gmail.com

Midtown Neighborhood Alliance
24th to 72nd streets, I-80 to Cuming Street
Diana Failla, 402.651.5779 or dianafailla@cox.net

North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
Neighborhood associations in the 68104, 68110, 68111, 68112 and 68131 zip codes
Carl Christian, nonaomaha@gmail.com

Northwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
West of 72nd Street and north of Dodge Street
Dennis Brown, dwbrown13@cox.net or 402.630.8544

South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
The river on the east, 72nd on the west, Dodge on the north and Harrison on the south
Oscar Duran, od_1500@msn.com, 402.250.1648

Southwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
West of 72nd Street and south of Dodge Street
Mike Hohnstein, mikehohnstein@integratedexpress.com