COVID-19 Community CARES


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What you need to know

The Application Period is now CLOSED.

El período de solicitud ya está cerrado.

Awards announced!

See links to each grant below for information about awards.

Important information for grantees

What can grantees expect next?

DHHS has informed grantees of a delay in the payment process. Payments are expected to begin processing in early September. As more precise timing of payments becomes known, this page will be updated with additional information.

What grant compliance obligations do grantees need to know?

Grantees are sub-recipients of a federal grant, and standard federal grant rules and regulations apply. View detailed compliance requirements.

Response & Recovery grantees will receive detailed information about compliance and reporting requirements. Other grantees are advised to document how their funding is used, maintaining books, records and receipts which can be easily accessed should an auditor request to see them in the future. All expenditures should meet federal regulations, as described at 2 CFR 200. Additionally, grantees should document in narrative form the impact the funding has on their organization. In the detailed compliance requirementssee especially item 4 on page 1 for prohibited activities.


About the Grants

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.


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.


View a list of Stabilization Grant grantees.


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.


View a list of Response & Recovery Grant grantees.


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.


View a list of Healthy Places Grant grantees.