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Economic Recovery Initiatives

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a federal law that was passed to provide direct relief to Americans, contain the COVID-19 virus, and rescue the economy.

Grant Management Resources

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

ARPA Anti-Fraud, Waste and Abuse Submission Form

If you know or suspect someone has committed fraud, waste, or abuse related to the ARPA programs and/or operations administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), please fill out this form.

North & South Omaha Recovery Grant Program (NSORG)

Designed to provide grants to public and private entities to respond to the negative impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency and to build resilient and innovative communities.

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LB 1014

Building Mental Health Care and Education Capacity Program

Capital construction grants to build Nebraska’s mental health care and education capacity.

Nebraska Refugee Job Training and Placement Program (RJTP)

Supply job training and placement grants to nonprofits for refugee employment and employability services.

Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act

Assistance with non-profit organization capital projects that have been delayed due to COVID-19.

International Competition Sponsorship Program

Sponsorship grants for international competitions to be hosted in Nebraska.

Nuclear Plant Siting Feasibility Study Program

A feasibility study to assess siting options for advanced nuclear reactors and existing electric generation facilities.

NIFA LIHTC Pandemic Gap Funding Program

Affordable housing units eligible for federal four and nine percent low-income tax credit programs.

Pandemic Relief Housing Program

Supply grants to nonprofits that develop affordable housing, including housing for refugees and other such immigrants.

Nebraska Meat Processing Wastewater Pretreatment and Runoff Control Program

Support wastewater pretreatment and runoff control for meat processing plant site development.

LB 1024

Airport Business Park Program

Funding grant to a nonprofit economic development organization development and creation of a business park.

Economic Recovery Act

Funding under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Innovation Hub Act

Innovation Hubs support entrepreneurship and technology-based small businesses. iHubs must first receive a designation per LB450.

Multi-Purpose Community Facilities Program

Funding for the creation of multi-purpose community facilities.

Chief Standing Bear Program

Funds for producing a film based on Chief Standing Bear’s life.

EDA Tourism Grant

Funding under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Internships and Crime Prevention

Providing internships and crime prevention within qualified census tracts.

Qualified Census Tract Affordable Housing Program – Metropolitan & Primary

Prepare land parcels for affordable housing or to conduct other eligible affordable housing interventions within QCTs.

County Agricultural Society Grant Program

Federal grant relief to county agricultural societies to compensate for lost revenue caused by the pandemic.

Financial Literacy Grant Program

Financial literacy program for individuals residing in qualified census tracts.

Middle Income Workforce Housing Investment Fund (MWHF)

Matching grants to invest in older urban neighborhoods and majority-minority communities.

Qualified Census Tract Recovery Grant Program – Lincoln & Greater Nebraska

Grants to respond to the negative impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency within QCTs.

Other ARPA Programs

HOME-ARP

American Rescue Plan funds to address the need for homelessness assistance and supportive services.

State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

Funding to strengthen state programs that support private financing to small businesses.

Good Life Transformational Projects Act

Promote and develop the general and economic welfare of Nebraska and its communities.

LB531

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Grant Program

Grants to Federally Qualified Health Centers located in a city of the metropolitan class.

Hall of Fame Museum Grant Program

Grants to create a museum that is named in honor of a person inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame

North & South Omaha Recovery Grant Program (NSORG)

Designed to respond to the negative impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Economic Recovery Program Resources

DocumentFile TypeDate
Additional Partner Entity InformationPDFAugust 18, 2023
Attestation of Legal ProceedingsPDFAugust 16, 2023
Title VI CompliancePDFApril 17, 2024

Economic Recovery Maps

Guidance Documents

DocumentFile TypeEffective DateShort DescriptionLink
ARPA Rural Workforce Housing Land Development Guidance re: Federal Interest in Real Property06/29/2023opportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery/rural-workforce-housing-land-development-program/
Building Mental Health Care and Education Capacity ProgramPDF06/14/2022Application and Program Guidelines for the Building Mental Health Care and Education Capacity Programopportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery/mental-health-capacity-program/
International Competition Sponsorship Program ManualPDF11/16/2022Application and Program Guidelines for the Nebraska International Competition Sponsorship Fundopportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery/international-competition-sponsorship/
Nebraska Meat Processing Wastewater Pretreatment and Runoff Control ProgramPDF10/19/2022Application and Program Guidelines for the Nebraska Meat Processing Wastewater Pretreatment and Runoff Control Program.opportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery/meat-processing-wastewater/
Nebraska Refugee Job Training and Placement ProgramPDF06/14/2022Application and Program Guidelines for the Nebraska Refugee Job Training and Placement Programopportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery/refugee-job-training-and-placement/
NIFA LIHTC Pandemic Relief ProgramPDF06/14/2022Application and Program Guidelines for the NIFA LIHTC Pandemic Relief Programopportunity.nebraska.gov/legislation/#1014-3
Nuclear Plant Siting Feasibility Study Program ManualPDF10/17/2022Application and Program Guidelines for the Nuclear Plant Siting Feasibility Study Programopportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery/nuclear-plant-siting-feasibility-study-program/
Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment ActPDF06/13/2022Application and Program Guidelines for the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Actopportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/business/shovel-ready-grants/