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Grants to Nebraska and Iowa Nonprofits to Address the Basic Needs of Vulnerable Residents

Omaha Award


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Funding Source
Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: IowaNebraska

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Nebraska and Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address the basic needs of vulnerable residents in eligible locations. Focus areas include health, shelter, food, clothing, and personal care items. Grant applications will be considered for general operations or program support that directly provides assistance through basic needs supports. Applicant organizations or services should be located in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.

The Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation recognizes that for people and places to truly be healthy, the basic needs of individuals must first be met. The Foundation values the work of health and human service agencies that care for the community’s most vulnerable members and strive to assist in times of high demand and financial uncertainty.

For this reason, the Foundation has introduced a new competitive grants program that provides support to nonprofit organizations working directly in the areas of food, personal care items, shelter and health. Funding priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate creativity, collaboration, impact and sustainability.

Grant applications will be considered for general operations or program support that directly provides assistance through basic needs supports. 

  • Food – meals, food and food production support
  • Clothing/Personal Care items
  • Shelter – emergency shelter, temporary or permanent supportive housing, critical repairs/updates to existing owner-occupied properties
  • Health – access and charitable care for low to moderate income households


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organization and/or service should be located in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.

Grants are only made to organizations that are tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) and must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service or be a government entity described in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Additional Geographic Information:

Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area

- Support to individuals
- Fundraising events or endowment funds
- Programs that are fundamental responsibilities of government
- Social or fraternal organizations
- Elementary or secondary schools
- Churches or religious organizations (not to exclude social services organizations with a faith based heritage)
- Sponsorship of athletic teams
- Organizations whose core mission is advocacy
- Organizations heavily engaged in lobbying
- Organizations whose mission and activities are contrary to the free enterprise system that made this Foundation possible

Pre-Application Information
Applications are accepted from January 1st through September 1st of each year and reviewed on an ongoing basis. It is recommended that organizations submit early in the year. Funding is limited and requests will be considered in the order they are received. Site visits or meetings may be required.

Organizations are encouraged to contact foundation staff with questions prior to submission.

Application Information:

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum grant that will be considered is $50,000.

Term of Contract
Nonprofits can receive one grant per calendar year. Nonprofits may reapply annually for funding. Award of a grant does not mean that future support will automatically be available.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information please contact Sarah Lopez at (402) 502-0220 or

Main Office: 402.502.1122
10340 North 84th Street l Omaha, NE 68122-2216

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