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Deputy Chief Ken Kanger talks to kids at the 2018 Highland South-Indian Hills Neighborhood Association National Night Out.

The City of Omaha has announced the neighborhood and community groups that will receive grants to fund art projects, landscaping, community gardens and National Night Out activities.

The grants, totaling $75,000, will go to 29 organizations, Mayor Jean Stothert’s office said. Several mini-grants will support National Night Out parties, which are held each summer to bring police officers and community members together for social interaction.

“This grants program creates important partnerships with our neighborhoods, and that’s why I like to recognize good projects,” Stothert said in a press release. “Our city is better because of the hard work of dedicated neighbors.”

Neighborhood grants are awarded each spring to qualifying organizations. This year, 41 grant applications were received.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of police officers, firefighters and other city employees, as well as representatives of Keep Omaha Beautiful and One Omaha. The committee then makes grant recommendations to Stothert.

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Below are the organizations that were awarded grants. Those that received a National Night Out grant will get either $100 or $200:

  • Aksarben-Elmwood Park, $1,886: Park benches for Schroeder-Vogel Park. National Night Out grant.
  • Armbrust Acres Homeowners Association, $1,400: Planting trees at the neighborhood entrance.
  • Bemis Park Neighborhood Association, $2,750: Neighborhood landscaping and beautification: seeds, tools, landscape design, water tank, mulch and soil.
  • Benson First Friday, $3,750: 2019 Public Arts Initiative. Banner design and youth art project costs.
  • Benson Neighborhood Association, $4,730: Furnishings for a children’s nook at Benson Library.
  • Big Muddy Urban Farm, $3,964: Marketing campaign to increase participation in the Gifford Park Neighborhood Market.
  • City Sprouts, $5,000: Summer youth internship program.
  • Dahlman Garden Club, $582: Supplies and tools for the neighborhood garden.
  • Elkhorn Station Main Street, $4,964: Hanging flower baskets for the Olde Town Elkhorn Business District. National Night Out grant.
  • Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association, $600: Gardening on the median at 69th and Dodge Streets.
  • Escalante Hills, $4,900: Trees and mulch for neighborhood common area. National Night Out grant.
  • Gifford Park Neighborhood Association, $5,000: Supplies and promotional items for neighborhood events including Porchfest OMA, Halloween and holiday banquets.
  • Global Leadership Group, $5,000: Installation of a pergola at the community garden.
  • Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association, $1,897: Equipment and supplies for second annual CenterFest.
  • Highland South-Indian Hills Neighborhood Association, $4,992: South Omaha’s Back to School Bash.
  • Highlander Neighborhood Association, $1,100: Supplies and activities for Highlander Community Day. National Night Out grant.
  • In-Common Community Development, $4,467: A block party kit mobile trailer stocked with supplies for an interactive block party. National Night Out grant.
  • Leavenworth Neighborhood Association, $1,800: Neighborhood shredding event.
  • Metcalfe-Harrison Neighborhood Association, $5,000: Infant and toddler swings at Metcalfe Park.
  • Morton Meadows Community Garden, $1,891: Covered picnic area and rainwater collection system. National Night Out grant.
  • Parker Action Alliance, $2,807: Rededication and beautification of Parker Street from 24th to 35th Streets, including a free library, neighborhood cleanup materials and landscaping.
  • Piedmont-Wycliffe Neighborhood Association, $332: Equipment for the citizen patrol.
  • South 13th Street Community Action Group, $1,388: Materials for a 12-week demonstration of uses for vacant lots and green spaces in the neighborhood.
  • The Union for Contemporary Arts, $5,000: The North Omaha Mural Project.
  • Pacific Heights-Shaker Heights Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
  • Pepperwood Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
  • Quarters Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
  • Sunny Slope-Sunny View Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.
  • Willow Wood Neighborhood Association: National Night Out grant.

Reece covers Sarpy County for The World-Herald. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL grad who spent time in Oklahoma and Virginia before returning home. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127

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