Applications are being accepted until June 26 for the new Nebraska Small Business Stabilization Grant program. Nebraska-owned businesses, including child care centers, with 5 to 49 employees that have closed or sustained a loss of revenue or employment since March 13 are eligible to apply. The requirement regarding number of employees includes total headcount, not just FTE. So part-time employees may be counted; the amount of each grant is $12,000. Non-profit organizations are not eligible for these grants.
The grants are available from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and are part of the federal CARES Act funding passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to apply
The grant-seeking business should submit a completed Eligibility Certification Form to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) by June 26. The Eligibility Certification Form will be used to verify that the business is a Nebraska taxpayer with employees in the state. If the business is validated, it will receive an invitation to submit a full application, which also must be submitted by June 26.
To complete the Eligibility Certification Form, you will need the following information: Business Name, Email Address, State Tax ID and Withholding FEIN (Federal Employment Identification Number).
Other information needed to apply: Child care businesses should select the “62 – Health Care and Social Assistance” code in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) drop-down box.