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: Together, Inc. Omaha, Nebraska.

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.”

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 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.

For more details, click here or contact Katrina Adams or Anne Meysenburg at the Omaha Community Foundation at 402-342-3458 or