Today, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) announced $6,750,112 in awards through the second funding cycle of the Rural Workforce Housing Fund (RWHF) for program year 2022.

Authorized by the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act of 2017, the RWHF helps communities create quality, affordable housing to accommodate growth.

“Nebraska’s growth and vitality as a state hinge upon our success developing affordable housing,” said DED Director K.C. Belitz. “Today’s awardees have shown exemplary initiative in raising funds to support local housing projects. Congratulations to the award winners! DED looks forward to supporting these organizations as they implement their housing plans.”

For the second round of the 2022 funding cycle, RWHF awards were available to eligible non-profit development organizations who supplied at least a twenty-five percent match (that is, twenty-five cents for every one dollar of funds awarded). In many cases, local financial institutions and employers partnered with the primary applicant to provide the local match. Combined, today’s ten recipients contributed more than $1.87 million in matching funds.

DED administers the RWHF program on behalf of the State of Nebraska through a competitive application process. The department then partners with recipients to provide input regarding project design, development, and implementation.

In 2022, the Nebraska Legislature approved a general fund allocation of $29,555,112 to the Rural Workforce Housing Fund. In May 2023, DED awarded $22,805,000 of these funds to 27 non-profit housing organizations. With today’s announcement, the remaining funds of $6,750,112 have now been awarded.

The award recipients, their project areas, matching dollars, and amounts awarded are listed below. For more information about the RWHF, visit For questions, contact Nick Dropinski, Workforce Housing Specialist, at or 402-580-0713. 

Rural Workforce Housing Fund Recipients, January 2024
RecipientProject AreaLocal MatchRWHF Award
Cambridge Community Daycare FoundationCambridge$504,000$2,000,000
Columbus Area Chamber of CommerceColumbus$251,343$502,685
Grand Island Area Economic Development CorporationGrand Island$314,242$1,256,715
Keith County Housing Development CorporationKeith County: Ogallala, Paxton, Brule$125,672$502,685
Main Street BeatriceBeatrice$250,000$800,000
NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska – NorfolkNorfolk$161,959$628,356
Republican Valley Golden Years FoundationArapahoe$50,000$200,000
Tilden Community AllianceTilden$50,000$200,000
Wakefield Development CorporationWakefield$31,418$125,671
Wood River Vision 2020, Inc.Wood River$134,700$534,000