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Eligibility Requirements


Organizations seeking GCF funding must meet the following criteria:

1. The organization must provide services to, and the grant proceeds must be used within, the City of Gretna, and/or the Gretna School District to be considered for support.

2. The organization must qualify as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit federally tax-exempt organization under the regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

3. As a general rule, GCF does not support grant requests for:

• Debt reduction.
• Direct aid to individuals/families.
• Projects of religion-based organizations (unless the project is secular and does not give

priority or preferential treatment to the religious organization or its members).
• Political organizations or projects.
• Dinners, tickets, conferences.
• Tax supported activities identified by GCF as being the responsibility of federal, state and local governments.
• Organizations with an “active” grant. An “active” grant is a GCF grant that has been awarded but not expended. This grant will not be considered “closed” until a final report has been received on the project or organization for which the grant was provided.


The GCF reserves the right to fund occasional grant requests for items on the above list at the discretion of the Board.


The application period for Gretna Community Foundation (“GCF”) Community Grant Program will begin on September 1st of each year with a deadline of November 15th.


  1. All applications must be postmarked or emailed by November 15th or they will not be eligible.

  2. Only nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status are eligible to receive GCF grant funding.

  3. No hand delivered applications will be accepted.

  4. Nonprofit organizations can submit grant requests of up to $5,000 for consideration.

  5. Organizations can only submit one application per grant cycle. Organizations must submit a new application for each grant cycle.

  6. All applications must be typed or printed from an electronic application. No handwritten applications will be considered.

  7. All questions on the application form must be answered. Supporting documents are required.

  8. The grant recipient will be required to sign a grant agreement and provide a detailed report to the GCF on how the funds were expended, including applicable receipts.

  9. The recipient must agree to arrange appropriate publicity regarding the receipt of grant funding from the GCF.

  10. Misuse of funds will result in a recall of the grant and ineligibility for future grant support.

2023 Community Grants Winners


Gretna Friends of the Library to provide six classes and programs for adults, teens and families

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) for therapy sessions 

Gretna Neighbors to purchase 2,000 totes for food distribution

Greater Omaha Youth for Christ for donuts for weekly clubs in both Gretna middle schools

Gretna Public Library Foundation for 1,200 books to distribute to children during the Gretna Days parade

Merrymakers grant to fund 24 professional musical performances at 2 Gretna senior communities 

2022 Community Grants Winners

Gretna High School Show Choir, purchase equipment

Gretna Public Library to purchase books to give to kids at the Gretna Days Parade

Gretna Friends of the Library for programs for young adults and adults

Gretna Neighbors to purchase supplies for food distribution

Gretna Youth Sports Foundation for required training training for all youth football coaches

Lift Up Sarpy to serve the needs of families in Gretna

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) for therapy sessions

Merrymakers grant to fund musical performances at Gretna senior communities

Banisters Leadership Academy to provide funding for Night LIFE program

2021 Community Grants Winners

Dragon Football Booster Club for tackling sleds

Gretna Band Parents for drum major ladders

Gretna Friends of the Library for workshops, classes and seminars

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) for therapy sessions

Merrymakers grant to fund musical performances at Gretna senior communities

2020 Community Grants Winners

Gretna Band Parents for mutes for band instruments 

Gretna Friends of the Library for summer reading program 

Dragon Football Booster Club for protective helmet covers for football players 

2019 Community Grants Winners


Merrymakers grant to fund musical performances at Gretna senior communities

Gretna Friends of the Library to fund the summer reading program

Gretna Days Community Improvement Fund to construct a park shelter and tables in Peterson Park

Matt’s Music Memorial to repair donated musical instruments

Little Giants Foundation to raise awareness for those diagnosed with rare forms of Dwarfism

Download Grant Forms

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