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The Omaha Community Foundation announced that they have launched the Community Resilience Fund, a new community fund that will help support local nonprofits as they work to recover from COVID-19.  The Fund is designed to complement local and federal support and prioritize an equitable, long-term community recovery focused on the following five areas: Learning Recovery, Arts & Culture, Housing, Mental Health, and Workforce & Economic Opportunity.  It follows the closure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, launched one year ago to respond to the immediate impacts of the pandemic.

To explain the fund and the work to be done, Anne Meysenburg, Director of Community Investment, and Ally Freeman, Director of Communications, spent a little time chatting with Mike Hogan of KIOS-FM.  More information is available on the web at https://omahafoundation.org/community/community-resilience-fund/ .

The Douglas County Board has allocated $20 million to OCF.  $10 million of that is allocated for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment organizations, and $10 million will support Community Services.  Applications are due to the Foundation by 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 23 and technical assistance is available through the Foundation for any nonprofits applying for funding.

Vice President of Community Investment, Kali Baker, joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the webinars which explain the intricate process of applying for this grant money.  Since the money has federal origins, this grant process is very different from the usual Omaha Community Foundation grant process.

In addition, Mike and Kali discuss the COVID-19 Response Fund Impact as well as the release of the Landscape 2020 report.

For more information on the grants and the process for applying, one can go to https://omahafoundation.org/news/ocf-and-douglas-county-announce-launch-of-cares-act-funding-application-for-local-nonprofits/

Additional eligibility and application details for nonprofits can be found at the following web pages: https://omahafoundation.org/CARESACE and https://omahafoundation.org/CARESNP.  OCF will also be hosting two webinars for eligible nonprofits to provide an overview of the process, and answer questions. Webinar details can be found via the links above.  https://omahafoundation.org/community/douglas-county-cares-arts-culture-and-entertainment-program/

The Landscape is a community indicator project at TheLandscapeOmaha.org that examines eight areas of community life (Health, Neighborhoods, Workforce, Transportation, Safety, Education, Arts and Culture, and Civic Engagement) in Omaha-Council Bluffs using publicly available data, policy, and insight gathered from resident engagement.

Voices of The Landscape – TheLandscapeOmaha.org/YourVoice – is an opportunity for Omaha- Council Bluffs residents to be a part of The Landscape project and offers a public place for our community to share their experiences about living here.

Devin Owens, Digital Content Strategist for these projects joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the projects, how the community can be involved and make a difference in public policy, as well as what the future holds for the collected data.

Today is "Giving Tuesday" and the Omaha Community Foundation is right in the mix!  The OmahaGives.org website remains up and running year-round allowing everyone to donate to any and all of a thousand non-profits in the greater Omaha area.

Ally Freeman, Communications Manager for the Omaha Community Foundation, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this day of philanthropic activity, how the foundation can help both donors and charities, and how to use the #OmahaKeepsGiving hashtag to let the community know you're involved.

The Omaha Community Foundation is hosting the sixth annual "Omaha Gives!" celebration.  Kali Baker, Vice President of Community Investment, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about today's drive and what it means to the community.  If you would like to contribute, the website is www.OmahaGives.org.

Communications Director for the Omaha Community Foundation, Ally Freeman, stops by the studio for a chat