Economic Development Grants (CDBG)

Loans to businesses or infrastructure construction projects undertaken for economic development purposes. This grant has an open cycle that will review applications on a rolling basis. Max award is $1 million with a 100% match required. Contact PADD staff if your community is interested or go to the Department of Economic Development website under CDBG Grants.

Guidelines can be found here: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Chapter-9-Economic-Development_201806.pdf

USDA Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

USDA is requesting applications for USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program. The goal of this program is to support rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The maximum loan is $2 million. The maximum grant is $300,000.  Contact Marla Marx (Scottsbluff) 308-632-2195 Ext. 132 marla.marx@ne.usda.gov for more information. Applications are currently open for an undetermined amount of time.

Rural Energy for America Program – 2018

The Rural Business Cooperative Service (the Agency) announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. REAP have two types of funding assistance: (1) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance, and (2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants. The Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance provides grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to their operations. Eligible renewable energy systems for REAP provide energy from: Wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydro-electric, ocean, geothermal, or hydrogen derived from these renewable resources. The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant is available to a unit of State, Tribal, or local government; instrumentality of a State, Tribal, or local government; institution of higher education; rural electric cooperative; a public power entity; or a council, as defined in 16 U.S.C. 3451. The recipient of grant funds, grantee, will establish a program to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. Contact marla.marx@ne.usda.gov for more information.