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Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund Awards $35,000 Grant to Heartland Disaster Recovery Group

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Contact: Kevin Langin, 402-602-3541
Release Date: December 13, 2019

Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund Awards $35,000 Grant to Heartland Disaster Recovery Group

The grant is the first of several to be awarded in 2020, totaling more than $825,000

Omaha, Neb. December 13, 2019 –The Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund recently awarded a $35,000 grant to the Heartland Disaster Recovery Group (under fiscal agency of Heartland United Way), announced Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy, First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). This grant represents the first of several to be awarded by the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund, which was established in partnership between FNBO and the Nebraska Community Foundation in response to the devastating floods that impacted Nebraska, western Iowa, and southeastern South Dakota in the spring and summer of 2019.

“Best practices for disaster recovery programs indicate that a significant period of waiting is necessary to fully understand the community’s needs and in order to appropriately coordinate federal and state resources that may be available,” said Gorynski.  “The remaining funding is expected to be awarded to other flood recovery programs in the first half of 2020.”

The Heartland Disaster Recovery Group focuses on rebuilding in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. The $35,000 grant serves as a required match to a $500,000 grant awarded by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.  These funds will help families in Wood River restore their homes to pre-flood conditions where 80% of the community’s homes were impacted by flooding. 

To date, the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund has raised more than $825,000 from individuals, families and organizations across the country. One hundred percent of donations is directed to supporting the long-term recovery of flood-impacted communities in NE, IA and SD that received FEMA Individual Assistance designations.

Eligibility for a grant from the Rebuild the Heartland Fund is limited to nonprofit organizations and local government authorities leading and/or engaged in rebuilding efforts in impacted communities. Grants are primarily focused on housing rehabilitation and related needs, but can also support small businesses impacted by the flood as well as infrastructure needs that are critical to impacted communities.  Organizations interested in applying can visit: www.rebuildtheheartland.org.   

The Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund is still accepting donations. To make a donation, visit https://www.nebcommfound.org/give/rebuild-the-heartland-community-fund/ today or you may send a check payable to Nebraska Community Foundation, P.O. Box 83107, Lincoln, NE  68501.  Memos on donation checks should read “Rebuild the Heartland.”

About FNBO
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

About Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska Community Foundation unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.  In the last five years, 41,776 contributions have been made to NCF and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, NCF has reinvested $323 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit NebraskaHometown.org.

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