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Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act

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 or that will provide a positive impact in the State of Nebraska. 2023 applicants are not required to have a capital project that was delayed by COVID-19.

LB818 and LB531 amended various provisions of the 2021 Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act, Nebraska Revised Statutes 81-12, 220 et seq.

Who Can Apply?

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

(a) 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;

(b) Operates a sports complex;

(c) Is a postsecondary educational institution in a city of the metropolitan class and partners with an organization hosting a regional or national event for purposes of infrastructure development related to furnishing and equipment for a health sciences education center, enhanced mobility by vacation of a public street, pedestrian safety, and construction of a community athletic complex; or

(d) Is a county agricultural society with facilities located within the boundaries of a city of the primary class;

 

Due to the amount of funding available, postsecondary educational institutions are only eligible to apply for the funding set aside as described in Nebraska Revised Statute § 81-12,225(2)(a).

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

  • Was delayed due to COVID-19 or
  • Provides a positive economic impact in the state of Nebraska and
  • Was not awarded funds previously by the first Shovel-Ready funding cycle.

Please be advised that Applicants awarded funding under Shovel Ready are only eligible to receive up to $2,000,000 in funding for LB531 programs.

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 other sources.

How to Apply

2023 Shovel-Ready Grant Program

Grant for capital projects that were delayed due to COVID-19 or that will provide a positive economic impact in the State of Nebraska.

Application Period: All available funds have been awarded.

SAMPLE 2023 Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act Application
This PDF is provided for your convenience. Application MUST be submitted online, through AmpliFund. DED will not accept applications in any other format.

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. The capital project must begin or resume no later than June 30, 2025 for all projects awarded funding for the second funding cycle. Capital projects awarded funding under the first Shovel-Ready funding cycle were required to begin or resume construction by 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)

Sports Complex means property that:

(a) Includes indoor areas, outdoor areas, or both;
(b) Is primarily used for competitive sports; and
(c) Contains multiple separate sports venues.

(a) A baseball field;
(b) A softball field;
(c) A soccer field;
(d) An outdoor stadium primarily used for competitive sports;
(e) An outdoor arena primarily used for competitive sports; and
(f) An enclosed, temperature-controlled building primarily used for competitive sports.

Application and Program Resources

TitleFile TypeDate
01: 2023 Shovel-Ready Program GuidelinesPDFAugust 7, 2023
02: 2023 Shovel-Ready Program FAQPDFJuly 10, 2023
03: 2023 Application ChecklistPDFJune 26, 2023
04: 2023 Match LedgerExcelJune 28, 2023
05: SAMPLE 2023 ApplicationPDFJune 30, 2023

Grant Management Resources

This page will provide technical assistance on using AmpliFund to apply for and manage grants awarded by DED.

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Ashley Drake

Shovel-Ready Grant Program Manager