Women’s Fund Grants

The Women’s Fund of Omaha annually awards grants to local nonprofit agencies for programs that are making a positive impact on the lives of Omaha-area women and girls. Since 1992, 100-plus agencies have received grants totaling nearly $5 million.

Applying for a Grant

2016 Grant Timeline

  • April 4 – Grants Workshop, 10:00-11:30 am at UNO Community Engagement Center
  • April 22 (noon) – Excellence in Service to Women Grant applications are due
  • May 27 (noon) – Community Impact Grant applications are due
  • June 10 (noon) – Emerging Issues Grant applications are due
  • October 20 – Grants awarded at Women’s Fund Lead the Change Luncheon

Download Excellence in Service to Women Grant application
Download Community Impact Grant application
Download Emerging Issues Grant application

Applications MUST BE delivered to our office by the deadline. **Please note that we have moved. Our new address is 1111 N. 13th Street, Suite #106, Omaha, NE 68102**

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Grant Writing Tips (PDF)
2016 Grants Presentation

Excellence in Service to Women Grant

The $25,000 Excellence in Service to Women Grant recognizes a program that is doing outstanding work in the community. The grant may be used for general operating expenses or programming. In making these awards, the Women’s Fund seeks to recognize programs that can demonstrate successful outcomes in measurable and concrete terms.

The 2015 recipient is Justice for Our Neighbors for their Domestic Violence Access to Justice, a program that strengthens collaborations with law enforcement agencies and service providers on best practices when working with immigrant victims of domestic violence.

Community Impact Grant

Community Impact Grants are awarded for programming in areas that the Women’s Fund identifies as priorities. These areas include:

  • Economic Security
  • Leadership Development
  • Sexual Literacy
  • Violence Against Women

In 2015, we awarded $116,000 in Community Impact Grants to the following organizations:

Catholic Charities — $11,000 for the U-Visa program that provides immigrant women in Omaha who have been victimized by domestic violence and/or sexual assault with services to help them escape violence

College of Saint Mary  (In honor of Weitz Investment Management)— $12,700 for the SMART program that provides after school opportunities to girls ages 6-12 to gain confidence in science and math through relationships with college students.

Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home (In honor of Union Pacific) — $20,000 for the Ways to Work program that increases financial literacy, economic self-sufficiency, and employment stability by providing small, short-term, low interest loans to working families.

Girls, Inc. (In honor of Lozier)— $15,000 for the Sexpertise program that provides girls with medically accurate reproductive health information as well as the availability of healthcare and counselling, while they receive non-judgmental answers to their questions.

Legal Aid of Nebraska — $10,00 for the Elder Access Line program that provides relief to elderly women facing crisis due to consumer issues by providing advice, representation and peace of mind.

Nebraska Children’s Home Society (In honor of Methodist Health System) — $15,000 for the Teen Chat program that offers youth educational classes and support
focusing on STD education, sexual literacy, and pregnancy prevention and the development of a healthy sense of personal well-being.

Nebraskans for Civic Reform — $12,300 for the CIRCLES program that trains young women to advocate through various mediums by partnering them with coaches to teach them how to engage with policy makers.

OneWorld Community Health Centers — $10,000 for the Promotoras program that provides training of Promotoras to provide testing and education in South Omaha on STDs, HIV/AIDS, and sexual literacy.

Youth Emergency Services (In honor of American National Bank)— $10,000 for the Financial Literacy Classes that teaches youth to manage their money, learn how to budget, save and manage debt.

Emerging Issues Grant

Emerging Issues Grants provide funding for innovative solutions to emerging issues that face women and girls in our community. The goal is to provide agencies with funding for issues that face women and girls that the Women’s Fund might not yet know about or have not identified as one of its priority areas.

In 2015 we awarded $42,000 in Emerging Issues Grants to the following organizations:

Intercultural Senior Center — $5,000 to the Shoulder to Shoulder program that provides a support group for women over the age of 50 to share the challenges and triumphs that come with aging.

Lutheran Family Services — $5,000 for the Ambassadors ESL Mentoring program that provides individualized ESL services to female refugees.

Nebraska Children’s Home Society — $15,000 for the Raising Your Grandchildren program provides an environment where grandparents can express their
blessings and struggles with others experiencing similar challenges as well as gain knowledge of child development. services, support the prosecution of sex trafficking crimes and increase public awareness of the issue.

Notre Dame Sisters — $17,000 for the Hotel Motel Education program that provides training of hotel and motel staff to identify and report sex trafficking in their facilities.

Additional Awards

$25,000 in Be the Change Grants, were decided by a vote of attendees at the Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon on October 15. $15,000 went to Nebraska Children’s Home Society for its Teen Chat program. $5,000 went to Catholic Charities for its U-Visa program. $5,000 went to the Intercultural Senior Center for its Shoulder to Shoulder program.

The $5,000 Legacy League Grant went to Inclusive Communities IncluCity program. Girls enrolled in the Legacy League program voted on the grant recipient from three candidates that applied for Women’s Fund grants. Sign your little super hero up for Legacy League!

WomanSpirit Awards

The WomanSpirit Award was initiated in 1996 to recognize a select group of women whose leadership has had a significant impact on the lives of women and girls in Omaha. The tribute is presented with these words:

“Women leaders strive to incorporate into our world the values of compassion, the worth of the family, the dignity of the individual and the protection of those who cannot help themselves.

“To reach these goals they must work hard, being conscious at the same time that they do not succeed alone. They touch the stars by lifting the universal achievements of all those women who have gone before them. It is that spirit that we honor.”

A gift of $1,500 is given to a designated nonprofit in the name of each recipient every year. WomanSpirit honorees and the 2014 recipient agencies are:

  • In honor of Mary Heng-Braun – University of Nebraska Foundation – Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award
  • In honor of Dianne Seeman Lozier – Omaha Girls Rock
  • In honor of Maryanne Stevens – College of Saint Mary – Tuition for Single Mothers Fund
  • In honor of Barbara Weitz – Women’s Fund of Omaha – Adolescent Health Project
  • In honor of Gail Walling Yanney –  University of Nebraska Foundation – Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award, and Women’s Fund of Omaha
  • In memory of Margre Durham – Lutheran Family Services – Ambassadors ESL Mentoring Program
  • In memory of Marian Ivers – University of Nebraska Foundation – Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award
  • In memory of Mimi Waldbaum – Nebraska Children’s Home Society – Raising Your Grandchildren

Grant Stories

To learn more about the programs that we are funding, please visit our YouTube channel

  • 2015 “Be The Change” voting grant video
  • 2015 “Recycled Rides” recipient video