COVID-19 Community CARES


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On May 27, 2020, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the Community CARES grant program to help Nebraska's charitable organizations and care providers respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are being funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. They are designed to aid Nebraska charitable organizations and licensed providers by providing working capital; provide community programming for COVID-19 response and recovery; and provide key supplies for child care and religious centers.

DHHS is committed to prioritizing available funds for underserved communities, including areas of high poverty, communities of color, and populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Please read the program descriptions below for detailed information on three Community CARES grants and how to apply. An organization may apply for multiple grants if they meet eligibility criteria.

Stabilization Grant for Charitable Organizations and Providers

Charitable organizations and care providers across the state have been struggling in the wake of COVID-19. The Community CARES Stabilization Grant offers organizations working capital of at least $12,000 to help them cover operating expenses related to COVID-19 impacts. This will enable charities and eligible providers to continue serving Nebraska's children, families and communities. A total of $40 million is allocated for this opportunity.

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Response & Recovery Grant for Charitable Organizations and Providers

Communities need help responding to and recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. Needs are vast and include housing security, food access and behavioral health resources. The Community CARES COVID-19 Response & Recovery Grant will provide resources to charitable organizations and eligible providers to help children, families and communities respond to and recover from impacts of the COVID-19. DHHS expects subawards in the $50,000 to $2,000,000 range. A total of $43 million is allocated for this opportunity.

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Healthy Places Grant for Child Care Providers and Centers of Worship

Nebraska's child care providers and centers of worship must provide clean, safe facilities for the children and families they serve. In accordance with public health guidance, this includes ensuring access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfecting supplies to limit the spread of COVID-19. These resources will help facilities continue operating safely, or enable others to reopen under public health guidelines. Award amounts, explicitly to be used for COVID-19 PPE and cleaning supplies: $250 for child care homes, $500 for child care centers, $500 for places of worship. A total of $2 million is allocated for this opportunity.

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