Community Building Mini-Grant FAQs

What is an MOU and why do I have to sign one?

An MOU or a “Memorandum of Understanding” is an agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document. It is not legally binding but signals the willingness of the parties to move forward with a contract.

Who is eligible for the grant?

Any group with at least four active organizers that does their work in Omaha is eligible for the grant. We highly encourage informal grassroots groups to apply. Your group does not need to be a 501c3.

What is the open window for grant projects?

Projects initiated between June and November 2021. Grant funds can be used to reimburse purchases for a project made after June 3rd.

What can grant funds be used for?

  • Purchasing supplies
  • Renting event equipment
  • Providing food for events
  • Printing costs to promote events
  • Compensation for artists or contractors. If you are interested in using a contractor to complete your work, we prefer to fund small artists, designers, etc. who work with community organizers over funding large corporations.

Is there anything grant funds can’t be used for?

Grant funds can NOT be used for lobbying (urging people to support or oppose certain legislation), or for promoting or opposing certain candidates running for office. 

Do I have to indicate a community partner?

You do not need to indicate a community partner if you do not have one but we love to see increased collaboration between community groups, so we encourage folks to think about how they could use these funds to increase collaboration. If you are interested in learning more about potential partnerships reach out to us and we would be happy to brainstorm and connect you with other folks.

How soon will I receive the grant funds?

Grant awards should be received 2-4 weeks after your signed MOU is returned. We will work with you to set up a direct deposit, or to receive a check in the mail to your indicated address. 

Can more than 1 person apply for a grant for different components of the same project?

No, only one award can be distributed per project. 

Grant Writing Tips

  • Explain your project

When writing a project proposal make sure to state what the overall vision of the project is and how the grant funds will be used to accomplish this vision.

For example…
Overall vision: Increase neighborhood interaction
Project to accomplish the vision: Have a neighborhood picnic and invite all neighbors within a three block radius
How the grant funds will be used to accomplish the project: Grant funds will be used to purchase food and supplies to host 40 people at the picnic and for printing costs for flyers to promote the picnic.

  • Give dates and times of events
  • The number of people that will be involved in the event
  • The goal of the project
  • Explain how the funds will be used to accomplish to goal

If you don’t have a concrete idea in mind, reach out to our Engagement Manager Alex O’Hanlon at for project development assistance.