Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers, Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray and State Sen. Brenda Council have announced $98,665 in “turn-back tax” grants to benefit projects in north Omaha.
State law provides that 10 percent of the funds received by the City of Omaha in “turn-back taxes” be distributed to areas with a high concentration of poverty.
The grants are to be used to showcase important historical aspects of north Omaha, or to assist with the reduction of street or gang violence in the target area.
This year’s winners are:
» Banister’s Leadership Academy’s Friday Night Lights program, $3,600.
» Bryant Center Association Youth Adult and Senior Program, with St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church as fiscal agent, $5,000.
» North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance for the Building Better Neighborhoods: Block by Block program, $5,000.
» OIC Neighborhood Association’s Cultivating Community Leaders & Neighborhood Scan program, with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha as fiscal agent, $3,325.
» LSL Entertainment’s Love of Arts and Music Festival LOVAM, with North Omaha Foundation for Human Development as fiscal agent, $5,000. Funding is contingent on the support of Metropolitan Community College by March 29.
» NAACP’s Omaha Branch for promoting the historical significance of the Juneteenth holiday, with Omaha Minority Community Development Fund as fiscal agent, $5,000.
» The Omaha Economic Development Corp. for the Fair Deal Cafe Renovation Project, $10,000.
» The Union for Contemporary Art for the extroSPECTIVE: North Omaha Mural Project program, $5,000 immediately and another $5,000 when specific locations for murals have been identified.
» Juneteenth Nebraska for the Juneteenth Place in History program, $10,000.
» Great Plains Black History Museum for its Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibition, $10,000.
» Prospect Hill Cemetery for the Pioneer History in North Omaha program, with Prospect Hill Cemetery Site Foundation as fiscal agent, $1,740.
» Love’s Jazz & Arts Center for the Love’s Jazz & Arts Center program, $25,000.
» The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts for the Carver Bank Events Series, $5,000.