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North & South Omaha Recovery Grant Program (NSORG)

The North & South Omaha Recovery Grant Program (NSORG) was 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. NSORG was established by LB 531 of the State of Nebraska Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jim Pillen on June 6, 2023.

Eligibility Information

What Can the Grants Be Used for?
Based on the coordination plan and appendices, dated January 10, 2023, DED has identified eight funding categories that respond to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency and to build resilient and innovative communities.

  • Small Business Support Grants
  • RAPID Grants
  • Recovery Housing Grants
  • Sports and Tourism Grants
  • Arts, Culture, and Social Assistance Grants
  • Entrepreneur and Innovation Grants
  • Youth, Talent, and Workforce Development Grants
  • Placemaking Infrastructure Grants

Applicants may apply for projects in ONE of the eight funding categories. If an Applicant submits the same project under more than one funding category, only the first application submitted will be considered for funding.

  • Applicants cannot submit the same project in multiple categories. However, Applicants can apply in multiple categories so long as the projects differ from one another.

Categories
Each funding category has special threshold requirements and scoring criteria, which are detailed in the Program Manual, Section 3.3.2.

Additional Information
Grants must relieve the negative impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency within a qualified census tract (QCT) or an economic redevelopment area (ERA) located within the boundaries of a city of the metropolitan class and/or build resilient and innovative communities, with a priority on small business development, job creation, and economic development within such communities.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
The North & South Omaha Recovery Grant Program grant application will be open to public and private entities. In addition, to be eligible for a grant under the NSORG, a project must be listed in the coordination plan or appendices by the Economic Recovery Special Committee of the Legislature dated January 10, 2023.

A copy of the plan can be found here: https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/reports/econrec.php.

Look up proposal name/ ID number here: https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/reports/econrec.php 

 

Important Requirements

  • Each Applicant may apply for projects in one of the eight funding categories. If an Applicant submits the same project under more than one funding category, only the first application submitted will be considered for funding. 
  • No single organization will receive more than two (2) NSORG awards. 
  • Universities and Colleges: Each institution of higher education (IHE) may submit no more than one application total across all NSORG funding categories. If an IHE submits more than one application, only the first application submitted will be considered for funding. 

    Application Information

    Small Business Support Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 9/1/2023
    Close Date: 12/31/2023

    Program Manager Information:
    Deisy Coyle, Economic Recovery Program Manager
    deisy.coyle@nebraska.gov | 531-500-9577

    Youth, Talent, and Workforce Development Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 9/8/2023 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Close Date: 10/10/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time

    Program Manager Information:
    Mike Vlassakis, Program Manager
    mike.vlassakis@nebraska.gov  |  531-600-7045

    Arts, Culture, & Social Assistance Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 9/29/2023 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Close Date: 10/30/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time

    Program Manager Information:
    Assetina Kataka, Economic Recovery Program Manager
    assetina.kataka@nebraska.gov  | 402-840-0440

    Recovery Housing Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 10/13/2023 10:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Close Date: 11/13/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time

    Program Manager Information:
    Ryan ZimmerMas, Lead Economic Recovery Program Manager
    ryan.zimmermas@nebraska.gov

    Placemaking Infrastructure Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 9/1/2023 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Close Date: 10/2/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time
    * City of Omaha has requested that anyone seeking a letter of support should request the letter from the Mayor’s office no later than 9/22.*

    Program Manager Information:
    Ryan ZimmerMas, Lead Economic Recovery Program Manager
    ryan.zimmermas@nebraska.gov

    RAPID Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 9/8/2023 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Close Date: 10/10/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time

    Program Manager Information:
    Assetina Kataka, Economic Recovery Program Manager
    assetina.kataka@nebraska.gov  | 402-840-0440

    Sports & Tourism Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 9/29/2023 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Close Date: 10/30/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time
    * City of Omaha has requested that anyone seeking a letter of support should request the letter from the Mayor’s office no later than 10/13.*

    Program Manager Information:
    Mike Vlassakis, Program Manager
    mike.vlassakis@nebraska.gov  |  531-600-7045

    Entrepreneurship & Innovation Grants

    Application Period:
    Open Date: 10/20/2023 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Close Date: 11/20/2023 5:00 PM Central Standard Time

    Program Manager Information:
    Deisy Coyle, Economic Recovery Program Manager
    deisy.coyle@nebraska.gov | 531-500-9577

    Award Amount: Applications for NSORG funds may not exceed the amount requested for each respective project in the coordination plan or appendices of the Economic Recovery Special Committee of the Legislature dated January 10, 2023.

    Coordination Plan & Appendices Data Request Form
    To obtain your original proposal submission (Olsson data) as a Microsoft Excel file, you may submit a request here.

    Contact Name(Required)
    Individual filling out this form.
    Provide the Name of the Organization as listed in the North and South Omaha Economic Recovery Coordination Plan known as the Olsson Plan.
    Provide the Name of the Proposal Title as listed in the North and South Omaha Economic Recovery Coordination Plan known as the Olsson Plan.
    Provide the Number of the proposal as listed in the North and South Omaha Economic Recovery Coordination Plan known as the Olsson Plan.

    Look up proposal name and ID/Row number here: https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/reports/econrec.php 

    Grant Management Resources

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

    Press Releases & Announcements

    For questions or additional information, visit DED’s North or South Omaha offices at the times listed below:

    • North Omaha Office: 5319 N 30th St., Suite B, Omaha, NE 68111
      • Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      • Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • South Omaha Office: 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave., Omaha, NE 68107
      • Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      • Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Have questions?

    Ryan ZimmerMas

    Lead Economic Recovery Program Manager

    ryan.zimmermas@nebraska.gov  |  531-207-5020