The objective of the Strong and Vibrant Communities impact area is to support local efforts to build thriving communities. Our priority strategies include:

Community Empowerment

Goal: Strengthen communities’ ability to pursue their own future through leadership development, capacity-building, planning, and resident engagement.

We have a particular focus on efforts that address local leadership development, community-wide visioning and planning, and regional needs.

Quality-of-Life Amenities

Goal: To increase access to quality civic, arts, cultural and recreational amenities.

We have a particular focus on efforts that improve the capacity, sustainability and operating environment for arts organizations and the arts sector.

Community-Wide Health and Human Services

Goal: To invest in programs and initiatives that address community-wide needs and reduce disparities.

Our Work in Action

Special Initiatives

From time to time, the foundation develops targeted grant programs and special initiatives to address specific areas of need. The foundation’s current Strong and Vibrant Communities initiatives include:


ArtStock provides capacity building grants to arts and culture nonprofits in the Omaha area to build organizational capacity, strengthen financial sustainability and improve operations. ArtStock also seeks to strengthen the vibrancy of the Omaha arts and culture environment by offering a learning and capacity building series that is co-designed and presented with grantees. For a list of 2018 ArtStock Grantees please click here. For additional information contact Paul Ternes.

2018 Neighborhood Grants Program

Peter Kiewit Foundation has transitioned the 2018 Neighborhood Grants Program to the Omaha Community Foundation. In this new collaboration, the Omaha Community Foundation will act as the administrator and the non-profit, ONE Omaha, will provide skill building and technical assistance. The neighborhood grants program will utilize a resident-led committee to make funding decisions.

The 2018 cycle opens November 1, 2017 and applications are due by February 1, 2018. For more details, click here or contact Katrina Adams or Anne Meysenburg at the Omaha Community Foundation at 402-342-3458 or