With more than $3,656.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $2,826.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Nebraska. There are 41,861 business establishments in the state of Nebraska, and they break down to the following:

Nebraska Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 24,341 registered businesses in Nebraska have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 7,029 registered businesses in Nebraska have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 4,351 registered businesses in Nebraska have 10-19 employees.
  • 3,743 registered businesses in Nebraska have 20-99 employees.
  • 992 registered businesses in Nebraska have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 1,405 registered businesses in Nebraska have over 500 employees.

Nebraska Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 4,245 registered businesses in Nebraska are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 2,611 registered businesses in Nebraska are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 4,257 registered businesses in Nebraska are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 5,726 registered businesses in Nebraska are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 48,000 farms in the state of Nebraska.

Starting and managing a small business in Nebraska is not an easy task. Over $27,474,673,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Nebraska and more than 7,933 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Nebraska, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Nebraska, contact Nebraska financial aid agencies.

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Number Funding Title
O OJJDP 2021 30002 OJJDP FY 2020 and 2021 Nonparticipating States: American Samoa (2020), Connecticut (2020 and 2021), Nebraska (2020 and 2021), New Mexico (2020), Texas (2020 and 2021), Wyoming (2020 and 2021), and Virgin Islands (2020) Solicitation
USDA NRCS NE CCA 21 NOFO0001076 Conservation Collaboration Cooperative Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Announcement for Program Funding – NEBRASKA
HHS 2021 ACF OHS CH R07 1878 Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee -- Communities in the state of Nebraska
USDA NRCS MULTI CCG 20 GEN0010740 Conservation Collaboration Grants or Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Announcement for Program Funding – MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NORTH DAKOTA, and SOUTH DAKOTA
NPS NOIP20AC00175 Operation of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center at Nebraska City, NE - LECL
HHS 2020 ACF OHS HP R07 1722 Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants - Douglas County, Nebraska
F19AS00236 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Conservation and Environmental Tool
USDA NRCS MULTI STATE CENTRAL 19 01 Conservation Collaboration Grants or Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Announcement for Program Funding – MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, and KANSAS
HHS 2019 ACF OHS CH R07 1428 Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Antelope, Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, Thursday, Washington, and Wayne Counties, Nebraska
BOR GP 18 N013 Nebraska Aquatic Invasive Species


Small Business Grants in Local States

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