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Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act

Program Information

The purpose of the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act is to partner with the private sector by providing grants to qualified nonprofit organizations to assist such organizations with capital projects that have been delayed due to COVID-19 and that will provide a positive economic impact in the State of Nebraska.

The Act was passed on May 21, and subsequently signed on May 25. Application materials are in development and this page will be updated as items are finalized to assist interested parties with eligibility and other requirements. An Application Checklist is available now. 

Who Can Apply?

A qualified nonprofit organization that is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that:

  • Is related to arts, culture, or the humanities, including any organization formed for the purpose of developing and promoting the work of artists and the humanities in various visual and performing forms, such as film, sculpture, dance, painting, horticulture, multimedia, poetry, photography, performing arts, zoology or botany; or
  • Operates a sports complex
    Sports complex means property that:

    • Includes indoor areas, outdoor areas, or both;
    • Is primarily used for competitive sports; and
    • Contains multiple separate sports venues
      Sports venue includes, but is not limited to:

      • A baseball field;
      • A softball field;
      • A soccer field;
      • An outdoor stadium primarily used for competitive sports;
      • An outdoor arena primarily used for competitive sports; and
      • An enclosed, temperature-controlled building primarily used for competitive sports

 

The qualified nonprofit organization must also have a capital project that:

  • Was delayed due to COVID-19 and;
  • Provides a positive economic impact in the state of Nebraska

Matching Funds

The amount of any grant approved under the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act shall not exceed the amount of funds to be supplied by private sources.

How to Apply

Beginning July 1, 2021, through July 15, 2021, a qualified nonprofit organization may apply to the department for a grant under the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act.

Applications may be submitted online only and will be considered by the department in the order in which they are received.

Use the “Apply” button below beginning July 1.

Terms and Definitions

Capital Project: a construction project to build, expand, or develop a new or existing facility or facilities or restoration work on a facility designated as a National Historic Landmark.  In order to be eligible for a grant from the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act, the capital project must have been delayed due to COVID-19 and must resume no later than June 30, 2022.

Cost: The Cost of land, engineering, architectural planning, contract services, construction, materials, and equipment needed to complete the capital project.

COVID-19: The novel coronavirus identified as SARS-CoV-2, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, and the health conditions or threats associated with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom.

Department: The Department of Economic Development (DED)

Application Checklist

  • Amplifund login (AmpliFund Resource Page)
  • 501(c)(3) Letter showing organization’s tax-exempt status
  • Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws which demonstrate the purpose of the organization
  • Documentation of matching funds from private sources (if available)
  • Project description
  • Estimated project cost
  • Requested grant amount
  • Total amount of funds to be provided by private sources
  • Date capital project was delayed due to COVID-19
  • Date capital project is expected to resume

Apply

Applications open July 1, 2021.

Have Questions?

Jenny B. Mason

Community Development Division Administrator


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