$700 million in ARPA grants, the state of Nebraska invites those interested to apply

LINCOLN, Neb. — To help the state and local businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Nebraska is seeking applicants for grants totaling more than $700 million.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) allocated $1.04 billion to Nebraska, and the Nebraska Department of Economic Growth was tasked with allocating $723 million for company development, entrepreneurship, internships, crime prevention, and affordable housing.

The Department of Economic Development (DED) said on Tuesday that it will accept proposals for the first round of programs in September, with subsequent funding possibilities continuing through the fall of 2024.

ARPA, a program of the Biden administration, must consume its assigned funds by 2026.

Gov. Pete Ricketts stated in a press statement, “The State is committed to leveraging federal ARPA funding to enhance Nebraska.” “Our objective is to allocate available funds efficiently, equitably, and openly for the greatest good of Nebraskans.”

DED has already allocated approximately $115 million for “shovel-ready” projects by charities whose operations were interrupted by the pandemic.

Visit to learn more about the state’s Economic Recovery Program and to sign up for regular updates.

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