Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to questions we frequently receive:
Does the Mutual of Omaha Foundation fund outside of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area?
How do I know if my organization is eligible to apply?
To qualify, an organization must:
- Have a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 and must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service
- Be located in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area
- Clearly address at least one critical issue of the Mutual of Omaha Foundation
- Not have an active grant on file or have been declined for a previous grant request in the current calendar year (Jan-Dec)
What does the Mutual of Omaha Foundation fund?
Organizations must be a 501(c)3, located in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area and must CLEARLY address one or more of the
following critical issues:
- Behavioral Health
- Domestic Abuse
- Early Childhood Education
- Emergency Shelter
- Financial Literacy
- Homeless Prevention
- Preparedness for Graduation
- Workforce Development
- Youth Violence
While these critical issues can mean something different to everyone, we have defined what they mean to our Foundation here.
Does the Mutual of Omaha Foundation consider requests for capital campaigns?
To be considered for capital campaign funding, organizations must clearly and directly address at least one Mutual of Omaha Foundation critical issue. For more information, click here.
What does the Mutual of Omaha Foundation NOT fund?
- Organizations that are not tax-exempt under paragraph 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code
- Organizations outside of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area
- Endowment funds
- Projects of religious denominations or sects that do not address a critical issue and do not provide a service to the community at large
- Support of individuals for any purpose
- Event sponsorships, tickets/tables, walks/runs (to be considered for an event sponsorship from Mutual of Omaha, Omaha/Council Bluffs area nonprofits should send an
email of intent to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Requests to support travel of any kind
- Team sponsorships or athletic scholarships
- Political actions, candidates or lobbying activities
- Civic or commemorative advertising
- Social clubs, labor or fraternal organizations
- The creation or maintenance of monuments or memorials
How do I apply?
How do I create an account and what can I do with it?
Organizations submitting a request for funding must have (or create) an account within our online application system.
Once the account is created, organizations can:
- Access saved, but not yet submitted applications
- Submit saved applications
- View copies and dates of submitted applications
- Access and submit requirements (final reports, progress reports, etc.)
To access your account now, click here.
How do I access an application for funding that I have saved, but have not yet submitted?
What is the dollar range of grant awards?
This amount varies depending on the program, need and our budget. It may be helpful to review prior grants awarded by the Foundation.
What information is required on an application?
Who do I contact with a grant request?
When could I meet with someone regarding a grant request?
We prefer that you submit your grant request prior to scheduling a meeting.
When will I receive a response to my application?
You will be contacted if there are any questions regarding your request. Requests are reviewed at Mutual of Omaha Foundation board
meetings, which are held approximately two months after each application deadline. Communication regarding the outcome of the grant review will be provided
within seven days following the decision.
May individuals apply for grants?
Does the Mutual of Omaha Foundation offer a matching gift program for Mutual of Omaha employee contributions?
Yes, however the program is limited to accredited high schools, colleges and universities and is only matched for donations
up to $1,000 per eligible employee to support the general operating budget of the institution. Initiation of eligible matching gifts must come from the
Mutual of Omaha employee.