Starting today and running until noon on May 15, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is accepting applications for the 2020 cycle of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) grant program.

Launched by Governor Pete Ricketts in 2015, DYTI is intended to engage and inspire Nebraska middle school students to explore careers in high-pay, high-wage, high-demand STEM fields like manufacturing, information technology, engineering and healthcare. DYTI grants are awarded to for-profit firms, who partner with area middle schools to implement engaging, hands-on curriculum to support youth career exploration.

“It is imperative that we focus on retaining our state’s workforce talent,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins. “Introducing our young people to the careers of tomorrow, and giving them real opportunities to succeed, is one of the best ways we have of encouraging them, early and often, to start their careers and raise their families right here in Nebraska.”

2020 marks the first year that DYTI grant eligibility has been expanded to include careers beyond manufacturing and information technology. Other STEM-related career fields, like healthcare and engineering, are now also eligible for funding under the grant. Other changes to the program for 2020 are summarized as follows:

  1. The grant period will be extended from 12 months to two years, allowing for more ramp-up time and a longer period of impact.
  2. There will now be more variation in grant award levels, allowing for more project flexibility. Projects awarded at $50k or more will now be referred to as “Signature Projects,” while projects awarded at less than $50k will be called “Visionary Projects.”
  3. A new standardized assessment tool will help measure program impact

For more information on DTYI requirements and guidelines, visit: Or, browse the program’s FAQ page at

Applications for the 2020 grant cycle will be accepted through AmpliFund using the link provided below. All applications must be submitted by noon on Friday, May 15, 2020.

For more information, or to apply, visit:

For questions, contact DYTI Coordinator Karrissa Jyles at or 402-471-3765.