The objective of Thriving Places is to support local efforts to building thriving communities. Our priority strategies include:

Community Capacity

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.

Quality of Place Amenities

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.

Nonprofit Facilities

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.

Our Work in Action

Grantee Feature: Prairie Loft Center, Hastings, NE.

Grant: $100,000 capital grant for the construction of an education center.
Executive Director, Amy Sandeen, on Family Outdoor Club, clients served, and center use:
“Our family outdoor club is geared towards 2-8 year-olds with their grown-ups, it is intergenerational and that is another thing we work really hard to do is to make sure they can go home and have a shared experience.”

Carnegie Arts Center

Creates opportunities for cultural expression and enjoyment of the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Alliance, Nebraska

Centro Latino of Iowa

Educates and empowers Latino individuals and families to self-sufficiency.

Council Bluffs, Iowa

City of Plainview

Support improvements to Chilvers Park playground.

Plainview, Nebraska

Community Information Trust: Do Space

Provides access to technology and innovative experiences for our community.

Omaha, Nebraska

Fontenelle Nature Association

Creates a space for people to experience and enjoy the natural world.

Omaha, Nebraska

Current & 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 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.

2018 ArtStock Feature

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)

Neighborhood Grants Program

Peter Kiewit Foundation proudly supports four community interest funds housed at the Omaha Community Foundation. These funds build the philanthropic capacity of community leaders and provide grants to community-based initiatives and organizations in the following areas:

  • Omaha Neighborhood Grants: Strengthening Omaha by engaging residents on neighborhood-led projects
  • African American Unity Fund: Supporting initiatives and organizations that benefit the African American community
  • Futuro Latino Fund: Supporting initiatives and organizations that benefit Latino communities
  • Equality Fund for LGBTQIA+: Cultivating a community that supports, includes, and respects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and non‑binary individuals and families