State Leaders Launch Applications for Grant Programs to Get Nebraska Growing

On June 12, Governor Pete Ricketts and State officials hosted a press conference to provide updates on several new grant programs. Combined, the programs will award $387 million in grants, using federal coronavirus relief dollars, to help get the Nebraska economy growing in the coming weeks and months.

“Our Get Nebraska Growing initiatives are part of $7.8 billion in federal assistance that has come to Nebraska to aid our coronavirus response,” said Gov. Ricketts. “These business, agriculture, and rural broadband grants will directly address the economic hardships that our state continues to face as we recover from the pandemic.”

The new programs will be administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) in partnership with the Nebraska Departments of Labor (NDOL) and Agriculture (NDA). Each addresses a specific economic challenge or need created by the coronavirus pandemic.

A website has been created with information about these new grant programs, including eligibility requirements, how to apply, application deadlines, and frequently asked questions. The website is located at Additional questions can be directed to DED’s Get Nebraska Growing information hotline at (855) 264-6858.