Applications Start Monday For Neb Coronavirus GrantsPosted by John AxtellDate: June 14, 20205 ViewsGRANT SCHULTE, Associated PressOMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska small businesses and livestock producers that took a hit from the coronavirus pandemic will get the chance to apply for financial assistance through several federally-funded state programs. The application period starts Monday and ends on Friday the 26th.Governor Pete Ricketts says the state will award first-come, first-served grants of at least $12,000 to eligible businesses with 5 to 49 employees and to livestock producers with 1 to 10 employees. The programs are a part of the $1.1 billion the state received from the coronavirus relief package.Nebraska businesses have suffered major financial losses during the pandemic, and a survey last month by the University of Nebraska Omaha found that 1 in 6 are afraid they may have to close permanently.The state’s farm economy, likewise, has lost an estimated $3.7 billion in revenue since the outbreak began, according to analysis by the Nebraska Farm Bureau. State officials say over 8,300 small livestock producers could qualify for the $100 million dikkars farm programNebraska Dept of Economic Development Director Tony Goins says the “new programs are designed to get the economy going.”The state will also funnel money into job-training programs and community college scholarships for residents unemployed because of the pandemic while another program expands broadband in rural areas that lack high-speed service and offer leadership training to small businesses.Program details area available online at getnebraskagrowing.nebraska.gov.