17 Omaha neighborhood organizations receive grants

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Organizations across the Omaha Subway are receiving a grant from Mayor Stothert as part of a COVID-19 pandemic recovery project.

Later in the year there will be a second round of grants for other neighborhood and community organizations. The checklist for the 2021 pandemic recovery priorities was announced by the mayor in January. All grants total $ 57,722.

“This grant program gives neighborhoods the opportunity to develop programs that are specifically tailored to the needs of their neighbors, and this year restoring the pandemic is a priority,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “Successful recovery requires that we all work together.”

According to Wednesday’s press release, the grant program has been suspended due to the financial impact of COVID on the city’s budget. These grants are given to qualified neighborhood organizations each spring, and a committee reviewed applicants this year.

The committee also recommended Mayor Stothert.

The first round of the list of grant recipients are:

  • City Sprouts – $ 5,000 urban food production
  • The Union for Contemporary Arts – $ 5,000, drive-thru pantry, and resource information for additional meal and rental assistance
  • Global Leadership Group – 4,800, community garden
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul – $ 4,998, sack lunch program. Street outreach of the Holy Family Community Center
  • Dundee Memorial Park Neighborhood Association – $ 2,081, garden to table Dundee neighborhood gardening
  • Heart Ministry Center, INC, $ 5,000 pantry
  • Western Hills Neighborhood Association – $ 4,939, Backpack Food Program
  • Benson First Friday (BFF) – $ 3,000, COVID-19 public safety initiative, including volunteer PPE, barricades and cones for a safe and socially distant traffic schedule at events
  • Joslyn Castle Neighborhood Association – $ 1,407 free pantry for PPE and toiletries distribution
  • Quarters Neighborhood Association – $ 1,750 vaccine education campaign
  • North 24th Street Business Improvement District – $ 5,000, COVID-19 Public Service Announcement
  • Omaha Permaculture – $ 2,990, Urban Roots Community Garden
  • Field Club Homeowners League – $ 4,565 neighborhood market
  • Neighborhood Promotion and Facts – $ 2,000, PPE, and educational materials for a community block party
  • Peony Park Neighborhood Association – $ 695, pantry
  • Sunny Slope / Sunny View Neighborhood Association – $ 3,247, socially distant, outdoor family movie event
  • Benson Neighborhood Association – $ 950, brochures, advertisements, and signage for self-guided tours of historic downtown Benson to bring people back to the area

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