Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program in Nebraska
- A former Rural Utilities Service borrower who borrowed, repaid or pre-paid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan.
- Nonprofit utilities that are eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs.
- Current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs borrowers.
- Up to $300,000 in grants may be requested to establish the Revolving Loan Funds.
- Up to 10 percent of grant funds may be applied toward operating expenses over the life of the Revolving Loan Fund.
- Up to $1 million in loans may be requested.
- 10 years at 0 percent interest.
- Grants require a 20 percent match from the local utility.
- Grants must be repaid to USDA upon termination of the Revolving Loan Fund.
- Business incubators.
- Community development assistance to nonprofits and public bodies (particularly for job creation or enhancement).
- Facilities and equipment to educate and train rural residents to facilitate economic development.
- Facilities and equipment for medical care for rural residents.
- Start-up venture costs, including, but not limited to, financing fixed assets such as real estate, buildings, equipment or working capital.
- Business expansion.
- Technical assistance.
- The interest rate is 0 percent.
- Up to 80 percent of project costs; 20 percent must be provided by the ultimate recipient or the local utility.
- The local utility may incorporate interest rates or administrative loan fees after the funds have been loaned out and revolved once. First-time loans are at 0 percent interest.
- Repayment may be deferred up to two years for projects including a start-up venture or Community Facilities project.
- Basic Program – Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR, Part 4280.
- Loan/Grant Servicing – Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR, Part 4280 and 2 CFR Part 200.
- This program is authorized by the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.
NOTE: If state specific forms are not shown above, please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information and speak to a Business Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in your application.
You may also access the Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR, Part 4280.
There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.
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Nebraska State Office - Business & Cooperative Programs
Federal Building, Suite 308
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3859
Joan Scheel, Business Programs Director
Brant Richardson, Business Program Specialist
Jeff Carpenter, Business Program Specialist, State Energy Coordinator
Deborah Drbal, Business Program Specialist
Christian Faber, Loan Specialist
2601 Lakeridge Drive, Suite 2
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Bill Sheppard, Business Programs Specialist
Daniel Janke, Business Programs Specialist
Eastern Service Counties: Antelope, Boone, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Clay, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Gage, Hamilton, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lancaster, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Washington, Wayne and York.
4009 6th Avenue, Suite 1
Kearney, Nebraska 68845-2386
Kelley Messenger, Business Programs Specialist
Central Servicing Counties: Adams, Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Cherry, Custer, Dawson, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Greeley, Hall, Harlan, Holt, Hooker, Howard, Kearney, Keya Paha, Loup, Phelps, Rock, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, Webster and Wheeler.
818 Ferdinand Plaza, Suite B
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-4401
Marla Marx, Business Programs Specialist
Western Servicing Counties: Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Chase, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Dundy, Frontier, Garden, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Kimball, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Red Willow, Scottsbluff, Sheridan and Sioux.