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Loans, Grants & Financing

If it’s a business loan you need, or information about loan guarantee programs, check out the following information:

Business Loan & Loan Guarantee Programs

  • Nebraska Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Application Guidelines
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Programs

Microenterprise (5 or Fewer Employees) & Other Direct Loans

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA): Revolving Loan Fund (Counties of Washington, Sarpy and Douglas)
  • Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP): Microenterprise Direct Loans
  • Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Small/Micro Business Financing & Microenterprise Programs
  • Community Development Resources, Inc.(CDR): Business Loans
  • Northeast Nebraska Development District: Business Loans
  • Southeast Nebraska Development District: Business Loans

Other Business Financing Programs & Information

Venture Capital

  • Invest Nebraska
  • Midlands Venture Forum
  • Nebraska Angels, Inc.
  • Nebraska Global - A private venture capital fund focusing on software ventures in Nebraska.

Grant Resources

There are no grants for the general startup and operating costs of a for-profit business.

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - searchable directory of all federal grants.
  • Federal Grants.gov - find & apply for competitive federal grant opportunities.
  • Grant writing tools for non-profit organizations
  • Nebraska Foundations
  • Nebraska Community Foundation
  • State Trade and Export Program (STEP) - grants for Nebraska businesses that want to export products.
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust
  • Nebraska State Recycling Association - grants for recycling equipment.
  • USDA - Rural Development grant programs
  • USDA - Value-Added Agricultural Product Market Development Grants (VADG)

Grant Programs administered by State of Nebraska

  • Nebraska Tourism Grant Programs (Division of Travel & Tourism)
  • Customized Job Training (Dept. of Economic Development)
  • Nebraska Worker Training Program (Workforce Development/Dept. of Labor)
  • Child Care Grants (Dept. of Health & Human Services)

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