NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (EDD): AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) FUNDING UPDATE

The State of Nebraska has received $1.04 billion in Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The CSFRF provides economic relief funds to state, local and tribal governments that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Nebraska State Legislature has allocated $723 million in ARPA and state funding to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) to strengthen Nebraska’s economy and create more resilient communities.

Today, we are thrilled to announce DED’s strategy for administering 29 innovative programs designed to include the following:

  • More than $110 million for restoration grants to benefit communities in qualifying census tracts;
  • Up to $147 million for economic stimulus grants to focus on business development, entrepreneurship, internships, crime prevention, affordable housing, among other areas;
  • Up to $115 million for coronavirus-related capital projects, including multi-purpose community facilities and broadband projects;
  • More than $140 million in state-funded programs for housing, internship scholarships, and a public-private partnership setup grant to support U.S. Strategic Command; and
  • Over $195 million for job training, facility construction, rural workforce housing and more.

This multi-year investment in Nebraska communities begins now and will continue through 2026. DED is rapidly designing program guidelines, applications, and processes needed to administer these programs. DED expects to open applications for the first round of programs in September 2022 with additional funding opportunities through fall 2024.

The DED is committed to administering these programs in an efficient, effective and transparent manner. Recurring status updates providing details of upcoming fund movements and activities will be posted periodically on the DED website.

“The state is committed to using federal ARPA funds to strengthen Nebraska,” Governor Ricketts said. “Our goal is to allocate available funds in an efficient, equitable, and transparent manner for the greatest benefit of Nebraskanians. Thank you to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for designing easy-to-use, responsive programs to help communities across the Good Life.

“DED is committed to a monthly communication cadence that will ensure our citizens are fully aware of our progress in achieving program goals,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins. “This includes email updates, social media, radio interviews and press conferences. We are excited about this economic development endeavor and the return of growth for our state. »

To learn more about these programs and sign up for ongoing email updates, please visit the Economic Recovery Program page at opportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/recovery.

Below is a list of eligible programs, available funds, and key application and award dates:

Table 1: Grant programs funded by ARPA

No. ARPA-Funded Grant Programs Total funds available Application opening date (estimated) Award date (estimated)
1 Affordable Housing in Qualified Lincoln Census Tracts $20 million September 2022 October 2022
2 Affordable Housing in Omaha’s Qualified Census Tracts $20 million September 2022 October 2022
3 Standing bear movie $5 million September 2022 September 2022
4 County Agricultural Society $5 million September 2022 September 2022
5 Internships and Crime Prevention $6 million October 2022 November 2022
6 Financial Literacy Program $1 million October 2022 November 2022
seven iHub $30 million November 2022 July 2023
8 Qualified Census Tract Recovery Grant Program – North Omaha ≥55M$* May 2023 June 2023
9 Qualified Census Tract Recovery Grant Program – South Omaha ≥35M$* May 2023 June 2023
ten Qualified Census Tract Recovery Grant Program – Lincoln $10M May 2023 June 2023
11 Qualified Census Tract Recovery Grant Program – Outside of Lincoln and Omaha $10M May 2023 June 2023
12 Funds for capital projects $128 million October 2022 November 2022
13 Business Park in Omaha Qualified Census Tracts $60 million October 2022 April 2023
14 Mental Health Care and Education Capacity Building Program $40 million September 2022 October 2022
15 Nebraska Meat Processing Wastewater Pretreatment and Runoff Control $20 million September 2022 October 2022
16 Feasibility study program on the establishment of a nuclear power plant $1 million September 2022 October 2022
17 Nebraska International Event Sponsorship Fund $0.5M September 2022 September 2022
18 Capital Recovery and Investment Ready to Start Act $100 million Firm July 2022
19 Land Development Program for Rural Labor Housing $10M October 2022 December 2022
20 Pandemic Relief Housing Program $8 million October 2022 December 2022
21 Economic Development and Tourism Administration $3 million October 2022 December 2022
22 Vocational training and placement of refugees $1 million October 2022 November 2022
23 NIFA LIHTC Pandemic Relief Program $20.5M Not applicable August 2022
TOTAL ARPA FUNDS $595.8M
*The program breakdown above may not total the total ARPA funds for an award of up to $582.8 million. This is because the qualified census tract recovery grant programs for North and South Omaha are minimum amounts for the program and additional amounts will be determined in the future.

Table 2: State-funded subsidy programs

No. State-funded grant programs Total funds available Application opening date (estimated) Grant date (estimated)
1 Rural Projects Act $50 million January 2021 July 2022
2 Rural Workforce Housing $30 million October 2022 April 2023
3 Middle income housing $20 million February 2023 August 2023
4 Control of risks associated with lead-based paint $0.25M To be determined To be determined
5 Intern $20 million To be determined To be determined
6 Public-private partnership facility to support US Strategic Command $20 million To be determined To be determined
seven Capital Recovery and Investment Ready to Start Act $15 million Firm July 2022
TOTAL STATE FUNDS $155.25M