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AmpliFund

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

Business Retention & Expansion Program

The Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program creates discussion with existing businesses in Nebraska through personal interviews. These interviews provide important information on the local and state business climate that help shape the state economic development policies and programs.

Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF)

We support the development of civic, community, and recreation centers by offering grants to Nebraska municipalities.

Community Development Assistance Act (CDAA)

This Act provides tax credits to entities that support approved community betterment projects.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Community Development Block Grants provide funding for projects to encourage the use of additional federal, state, and private resources. Communities receiving CDBG funds use those grants to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities.

Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) provides funding for Nebraska communities recovering from disasters.

Customized Job Training

This program provides employee training assistance to businesses that maintain, expand, and diversify the state’s economic base.

Developing Youth Talent Initiative

The Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) creates collaboration between Nebraska businesses and public schools. The DYTI exposes students to careers in Manufacturing and Information Technology (IT) to support a youth talent pipeline for these industries in the state.

Economic Development Certified Community (EDCC)

The EDCC program recognizes communities that are economic development leaders in our state and show a readiness for growth.

Enterprise Zones

DED gives preference for various business incentive and grant programs to projects located in whole or in part within a designated enterprise zone.

HOME Investment Partnerships Fund (HOME)

HOME provides resources for affordable housing to lower-income households by strengthening the capacity of non-profit housing providers and private housing developers in the state.

Intern Nebraska

The Intern Nebraska program provides grants to businesses and non-profits who want to create new internships in the state.

Leadership Certified Community (LCC)

Communities can apply for leadership designation by demonstrating strong organizational skills and leadership abilities that promote future growth and economic development.

Local Option Municipal Economic Development (LB840)

LB 840 authorizes cities that meet certain requirements to collect tax dollars for economic development purposes.

LocationOne (LOIS)

Search the DED database for information about sites, buildings, and locations for businesses looking to grow.

Microenterprise Assistance Program

The purpose of the microenterprise assistance program is to encourage and support the transfer of Nebraska-based technology and innovation in rural and urban areas of Nebraska in order to create high-growth, high technology businesses and to enhance creation of wealth and quality jobs.

Middle Income Workforce Housing Investment Fund (MWHF)

The Middle Income Workforce Housing Investment Fund (MWHF) was created under the 2020 Middle Income Workforce Housing Investment Act (LB866). The program will provide matching grants to non-profit development organizations administering local workforce housing investment funds to invest in Nebraska’s older urban neighborhoods and majority minority communities in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy counties.

Municipal Inland Port Authority Act

The Municipal Inland Port Authority Act will allow for the creation of Municipal Inland Port Authorities to manage inland port districts.

National Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

The National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) is an affordable housing resource for increasing and preserving decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing for extremely low-income and very low-income households, including homeless families. HTF Funds in Nebraska focus on activities related to rental housing.

Nebraska Academic Research and Development Grant

This program offers Nebraska businesses a matching competitive grant for research and development activities done in conjunction with a Nebraska college or university.

Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF)

The NAHTF is a state financial resource developed in 1996 to increase the supply and improve the quality of affordable housing in Nebraska.

Nebraska Career Scholarships

Nebraska Career Scholarships Program is a collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), Nebraska community colleges and Nebraska private nonprofit postsecondary institutions. This program will provide scholarships to students pursuing degrees in programs of study leading to high wage, high skill and high demand careers.

Nebraska Film Office Grant

The Nebraska Film Office Grant is funded through the Nebraska Film Office Fund. These grants are intended to benefit the State of Nebraska through marketing of the state as well as job creation and economic development.

Nebraska Innovation Fund Prototype Grants

The Nebraska Innovation Fund (NIF) Prototype Grant is a competitive matching grant that provides financial assistance for product development to businesses operating in Nebraska.

Nebraska Rural Projects Act

The Nebraska Rural Projects Act will provide matching funds to Nebraska nonprofit economic development organizations with projects to build new rail access business parks in counties of less than 100,000 people.

Nebraska Seed Investment Program

This program can invest in a Nebraska business for commercialization of a product or process.

Nebraska Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Grant Program

The Nebraska SBIR/STTR Initiative is a matching grant that provides financial assistance to Nebraska businesses that are applying to or have received a Federal SBIR or STTR.

Opportunity Zones

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 authorized the governor of each U.S. state and territory to nominate a certain number of qualifying census tracts as “Opportunity Zones.” The purpose of the program is to promote investment and drive economic growth in low-income and/or economically disadvantaged communities. Investors can subsequently create “opportunity funds,” which are used to spur economic growth in designated Zones and are eligible for tax incentives.

Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act

The Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act will award tax credits to businesses located in Nebraska who produce renewable chemicals.

Risk Assessment & Business Continuity Planning

Continuity planning is an important consideration for any business, large or small. Taking time to plan for emergency situations and consider your response to a business interruption will help foster resilience and assist in recovery. The following resources are provided as a guide to the business continuity planning process.

Rural Workforce Housing Fund (RWHF)

The RWHF provides matching grants to reduce the cost of workforce housing in Nebraska’s rural communities. Workforce housing is housing that meets the needs of working families and is attractive to new residents locating in a rural community.

Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act

The purpose of the Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery and Investment Act (LB566) 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.

Site and Building Development Fund

The Site and Building Development Fund (SBDF) supports projects that help advance business innovation and strengthen workforce recruitment.

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

The STEP grant helps increase the number of small businesses that export internationally and increases export value for those already doing so.

Urban Redevelopment Act

The Urban Redevelopment Act will allow businesses looking to expand in or relocate to an Economic Redevelopment Area in Nebraska to earn tax credits for qualified investments and new full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
August 9, 2016

North Platte Community Daycare Center

In Nebraska, 77.3 percent of all women with children younger than age 18 are in the workforce, making child care a necessity for many, if not most, families. Yet as the rate of working women with children continues to rise, it far outstrips the availability of quality, affordable child care […]
August 9, 2016

Scottsbluff – Midwest Theater

Sometimes all it takes is a rumor or two, or casual talk at the downtown café to stir people to action. Many good movie plots have been based on little more. Consider the classic “On the Waterfront,” or the more up-to-date “Norma Rae.” In 1997, Scottsbluff (pop. 14,732), had its […]
August 9, 2016

City of Lexington Housing

The city of Lexington (pop. 10,118) has undergone major changes during the past 15 years, starting with the arrival of Tyson Foods (formerly Iowa Beef Packers) and other companies. The influx of new companies has resulted in growing population along with a need for more affordable quality housing. Even before […]
August 9, 2016

Kearney – St. Lukes Child Care Center

Kearney is a key city along the I-80 stretch through the State of Nebraska. It is no surprise that this city continues to grow every year. New construction is a continuing theme for Kearney. With the development of new shopping centers, apartment complexes, national banks, family homes, restaurants, medical facilities […]
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