The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is now accepting applications for a specific grant opportunity through the Site and Building Development Fund (SBDF). The opportunity is open to a city of the second class that is served by two first-class railroads, is within fifteen miles of two state borders, and partners with public power utilities for purposes of expanding electrical system capacities and enhancing redundancy and resilience.

Established in 2011, SBDF helps Nebraska’s communities prepare the places and spaces needed to support business growth. Having industry-ready facilities strengthens recruitment and retention of high-wage job creators. SBDF gives communities a competitive advantage when seeking to attract investment—whether from a new venture or existing company looking to expand.

Described in Nebraska Revised Statute § 81-12,147(1)(i), this particular funding opportunity is known as the SBDF: Subdivision (1)(i) of Section 81-12,147 Grant. It was created by the Nebraska Legislature as part of Legislative Bill (LB) 977 in 2022 and updated by LB 818 in 2023.

The application is now open. The last day to submit an application for the SBDF: Subdivision (1)(i) of Section 81-12,147 Grant is Monday, March 18, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CT.  Applications must be submitted electronically through AmpliFund, DED’s grant management system, before the application due date. Applicants may request the application link from Business Project Manager, Lorena Reichert, at

For additional information, please contact Business Project Manager Lorena Reichert at or 402-314-6468.