One Omaha Mini-Grant FAQ
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.
Any group with at least four active organizers, that does their work in Omaha, and is not already registered in the Neighborhood Directory is eligible for the mini-grant.
The neighborhood directory is a list maintained by the City of Omaha Neighborhood Planning Department of all of the neighborhood associations and community groups in the City of Omaha. You can check out the Neighborhood Directory here.
Being in the neighborhood directory will help you be notified of developments in your area. Registry in the Neighborhood Directory also makes your group eligible for two different neighborhood grants, the Omaha Neighborhood Grants Program (ONGP) and the Mayor’s Grant.
The purpose of the One Omaha mini-grant is to lower barriers to entry for new organizers. With our mini-grant, we target groups that are just getting started. If your group is listed in the neighborhood directory, we would love to assist you in getting the neighborhood grants. Check out our facilitation services and ONGP promotion services for more information.
Projects must be initiated between June and November 2022. Grant funds can reimburse project-related purchases made after June 3.
- 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., rather than funding large corporations.
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.
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 organizers and groups.
Grant funds will be awarded June 27 – July 1. A representative from your group must come to the One Omaha office during that time to receive your check.
No, only one award can be distributed per project.
Grant Writing Tips
If you don’t have a concrete idea in mind, reach out to our Engagement Manager Alex O’Hanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org for project development assistance.