Applications Start Monday For Neb Coronavirus Grants

GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press

OMAHA, 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 program

Nebraska 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.

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