Omaha Public Radio News
2:36 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

The City of Omaha awards grants to agencies in North and South Omaha

Omaha, NE – 25 agencies and projects in North and South Omaha are recipients of this year's turn-back tax grants.

Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt says the turn-back tax grants are generated through the sales tax that the state gets from the Hilton Hotel and Century Link Center in Omaha.

He says the city receives a percentage of that back every year and via state statute the money is put toward grants for areas with high concentrations of poverty. Gernandt says the program assists with cultural-historical projects.

"The second way is if they have a youth or gang prevention project that they'd like to get funding for that's within that target area, they can apply for monies from that fund."

2012 grant recipients include Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center, the Mexican Cultural Arts Center and the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.