The objective of Thriving Places is to support local efforts to building thriving communities. Our priority strategies include:
Goal: Strengthen communities’ ability to pursue their own future through leadership development, capacity-building, planning, and resident engagement.
We have a particular focus on assisting communities working hard to improve their own circumstances.
Goal: Invest in and increase access to quality civic, cultural, and recreational amenities.
We have particular focus on supporting projects such as libraries, parks, playgrounds, pools, arts and culture spaces, and trails that deliver community-wide benefit.
Goal: Invest in capital projects that improve a nonprofit’s ability to impact their clientele and community.
We have particular focus on capital projects that help a nonprofit address community-wide needs and priorities.
Grant: $463,000 program grant for the 24th Street Project.
Executive Director, Mike Hornacek, on clients served and impact of the organization’s work:
“From the Rapid Rehousing program, stories that I’ll never forget. I can’t imagine what they have been through.”
To provide general operating and capacity building support.
To provide capital support for the Clifton Hills Housing Project.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
To support capital improvement for Chilvers Park Playground.
To provide capital support for the Do Space Infrastructure Expansion.
To support capital improvements for Fontenelle Forest Trails.
From time to time, the foundation develops targeted grant programs and special initiatives to address specific areas of need. The foundation’s current Thriving Places 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.
Grantee: Blue Barn Theatre
Project: $20,000 capacity building grant to support the Artists’ Fund and organizations strategic plan.
Impact: “When I talk about the impact of ArtStock on Blue Barn, its been massive. First and foremost, we think of financial, but it is also a belief in art and artists to serve, to be supported emotionally and financially for what we create and put out in our community.”
-Susan Clement Toberer, (Artistic Director, Blue Barn Theatre)
Peter Kiewit Foundation has transitioned the Neighborhood Grants Program to the Omaha Community Foundation. The neighborhood grants program will utilize a resident-led committee to make funding decisions.