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Community Development Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States for Housing, Economic,
Neighborhood, and Workforce Development Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First National Bank of Omaha

Deadline Date:

07/06/18 - Applications for Stable Housing, Vibrant Neighborhood and Economic Development Initiatives

Description:

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Grants starting at $10,000 to Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, South Dakota, and Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for programs and projects that focus on promoting stable housing, strong local economies, vibrant neighborhoods, and an educated workforce.

The goal of the Bank's Community Development Grant Program is to build strong and successful communities. Applicants requesting a Community Development grant must currently be implementing or planning to implement a program, service, or initiative that will achieve one of the following community development goals for the benefit of low or moderate income individuals, families, and/or communities:

- Stable Housing: Increase access to safe, affordable, and quality housing through construction, site development, housing rehabilitation, homeownership education, and foreclosure prevention programs and services.

- Strong Local Economies: Grow local economies through small business and entrepreneurship development and job creation by supporting training, technical assistance, education and microfinance.

- Vibrant Neighborhoods: Stimulate revitalization that attracts or retains individuals and/or businesses to blighted, underserved, and distressed communities.

- Educated Workforce: Strengthen individual core competencies that will improve personal economic self-sufficiency, including financial education, adult basic education, and vocational and employability training.

Please note that First National Bank is now accepting applications for Stable Housing, Vibrant Neighborhood, and Economic Development Initiatives for the upcoming deadline. Applications for Educated Workforce are accepted only during Grant Cycle 2, beginning in June.

Eligible use of funds:

Grants can support the direct implementation of programs, services, and initiatives of eligible nonprofit organizations, consistent with the grant program goals. Funds can be used to support program related expenses, including: personnel, supplies, materials, and sub-contracts. Grants may be used for funding multiple programs or general operating expenses if the organization’s mission and overall activities are consistent with the Community Development goals and a majority of the organization’s beneficiaries are low or moderate income.

Examples of Community Development-supported programs:

Stable Housing: Increase access to safe, affordable, and quality housing through construction, site development, housing rehabilitation, homeownership education, and foreclosure prevention programs and services

Vibrant Neighborhoods: Stimulate revitalization that attracts or retains individuals and/or businesses to blighted, underserved, and distressed communities.

- Affordable housing construction, renovation and repairs
- Affordable housing construction predevelopment expenses
- Down payment assistance programs
- Homebuyer education
- Remediation of home health hazards

Educated Workforce: Strengthen individual core competencies that will improve personal economic self-sufficiency, including adult basic education, and vocational and employability training.

- Career education and support
- Computer coding and programming summer academy
- Low interest auto loans for transportation to/from work
- College and career readiness programming
- Financial education, budgeting, coaching and cash flow management
- Pathways to help out of school and unemployed young adults connect to the workforce
- Workforce training for near-homeless youth, homeless veterans
- Adult basic education, literacy, and GED instruction
- Vocational training

Strong Local Economies: Grow local economies through small business and entrepreneurial development and job creation by supporting training, technical assistance, education and microfinance.

- Technical assistance, and training for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs
- Microlending
- Education, asset and credit building, peer support and network development

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182899

Estimated Size of Grant:

In an effort to maximize impact, the minimum award is $10,000. In some cases, grants will be awarded for a lesser amount. The majority of grant awards are less than $50,000, with the average size around $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants should cover a period of one year; multiyear grant awards will be considered on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the Bank. Grant funding should be expended within one year of the award, and grant renewals are not guaranteed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Program Eligibility:

- Community Development Purpose: Grants are awarded to support the four grant program goals outlined above.

- Tax Status: Eligibility is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are currently implementing or planning to implement programs, services, and initiatives that are consistent with the community development goals identified above.

- Geography: Organizations eligible for a Community Development grant must serve a county listed in Appendix A in the “Counties Served” column, and the program/service/initiative must benefit individuals in one of the counties listed.

- Program Beneficiaries: The majority (51 percent or more) of the beneficiaries (individuals, families, and/or census tract(s)) of any grant funded program or service must be low or moderate income. Low or moderate income is defined as 80 percent or below the area Median Family Income. Grant applicants must demonstrate that a majority of the grant funded program beneficiaries are or will be low or moderate income by providing the specific data points requested in section 4 (Primary Beneficiary Information) for the target beneficiary group. Organizations that do not provide accurate or complete information will not be eligible for funding.

Funding will not be provided to organizations or programs for the following purposes:

- Organizations that are not tax-exempt defined by 501(c)(3)
- Capital or endowment campaigns
- Expenses for travel or for the benefit of an individual(s)
- Political organizations or those that lobby as a primary area of focus
- Health or disease specific programs or organizations
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Organizations outside of Bank’s geographic footprint
- Fundraising events or sponsorships

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

Grant Applications are accepted in two annual cycles as detailed below. If you represent an organization that focuses on one these initiatives, you may apply during one of the open application periods:

First National Bank is now accepting applications for Stable Housing, Vibrant Neighborhood and Economic Development Initiatives from January 10, 2018 thru February 12, 2018.

Applications will be accepted for initiatives supporting an Educated Workforce from June 4, 2018 thru July 6, 2018.

Additional Information:

Click here for the grant guidelines: http://fnni.force.com/survey/gr01

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to review the questions asked in the application and to download the FAQs and eligibility requirements.

Additional Resources:

Appendix B - View Frequently Asked Questions: https://fnni.secure.force.com/survey/gr23
Appendix C - View examples of programs supported by First National Bank’s Community Development Grant Program: https://fnni.secure.force.com/survey/gr24

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online: https://fnni.secure.force.com/survey/gr12?id=a090c00001EJQWqAAP

If you have questions or issues while completing these forms, please contact the First in the Community Team: firstinthecommunity@fnni.com

If you have questions after reviewing the application and appendices A through C, direct them to: communitydevelopment@fnni.com.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld Counties;   Illinois: Boone, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, and McHenry Counties;   Iowa: Mills and Pottawattamie Counties;   Kansas: Johnson County;   Nebraska: Antelope, Boone, Box Butte, Buffalo, Butler, Colfax, Custer, Dawes, Dawson, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Hall, Howard, Kearney, Lancaster, Lincoln (County), Madison, Merrick, Morrill, Phelps, Pierce, Platte, Polk, Pottawattamie, Sarpy, Scotts, Bluff, Sheridan, a;   South Dakota: Beadle, Davison, Sanborn, and Yankton Counties;   Texas: Collin and Denton Counties