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.

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Transportation Innovation Act Economic Opportunity

This is a program from the Nebraska Department of Roads to encourage businesses to make a difference in Nebraska. The goal of the program is attract or retain jobs and private capital investment in Nebraska, to make grant funds for strategic transportation improvements, and to connect businesses to Nebraska’s multimodal transportation system. Eligible applicants include cities, counties or MPO’s. To apply, submit a letter of interest to Korey Donahoo at


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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 for more information. Applications are currently open for an undetermined amount of time.