Grants and Contract Opportunities


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This page includes information about grants, loans, bid opportunities and funding that is available from DHHS. This is not an all-inclusive list.

Most competitive bid opportunities are published by the State Purchasing Bureau, however some may be listed here.

Sections on this page
    General Documentation
    Final versions of may be different for specific Grant and Contract opportunities.

    General Terms - Subawards

    Insurance Requirements - Subawards

    Business Associates Agreement - Subawards

    COVID-19 Community CARES 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.

    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.

    LEARN MORE - The Application Period is now CLOSED.

    Public Notice

    DHHS is planning to enter into a contract with Heidi Gubanyi for grant writing assistance-related services. The consultant is Heidi Gubanyi, who is an employee of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. View the draft contract. Once executed, the contract will be available for public viewing on the Nebraska State Contracts Database, available at:

    DHHS Grievance/Protest Procedures  

    • DHHS Grievance/Protest Procedures for Vendors
      This policy sets forth the process for a vendor to protest any Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) contract awarded through a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Invitation to Bid (ITB) issued by DHHS. This policy does not apply to DHHS contracts awarded through an RFP or ITB issued by the Department of Administrative Services, or DHHS subawards awarded through a Request for Application. Grievances/protests will only be accepted from any vendor who submitted a timely response to the RFP or ITB associated with the contract.
    • DHHS Subaward and Grant Grievance/Protest Procedures
      This policy sets forth the process for an entity to protest any Nebraska DHHS subaward (i.e. federal grant) or state funds grant awarded through a Request for Applications (RFA) issued by DHHS.

    Ongoing Opportunities

    • Child Care Grants (Providers)
      Three grants are available to child care providers including the Child Care Grant, Emergency Mini-Grant, and the Quality Improvement Grant.  2019 Natural Disaster Recovery Grants have recently been added.

    • Interpretation and Translation Bid Opportunities Board
      Qualified interpreters and translators in the Contractor Pool can review jobs and submit bids at this page. 

      Interpreters and translators who would like to submit an application to join the Contractor Pool can view the Request for Qualifications at

      A list of previous jobs and award for each job can be found at the following link: Log of Interpretation Jobs.

    • Nebraska Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund
      Grants range from $75,000-$150,000 with a 100% match from the local community. Matching dollars can be existing federal, state, or local dollars, private, or in-kind resources. School districts must partner with at least one other community-based entity to serve at risk children birth to three.

    • Recovery Homes for Substance Abusers
      In 1998 Federal law required states to establish revolving loan funds for Recovery Homes. Nebraska continues to have a loan fund.

    • Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)
      This grant provides services to low-income people. Services are intended to enable individuals to be as self-sufficient as possible.
    • Student Loans (Rural Health)
      The Nebraska Student Loan Program has been in existence since 1979 and awards student loans to medical, physician assistant, dental and graduate-level mental health students attending school in Nebraska.  These students must be Nebraska residents and agree to practice one year in a state-designated shortage area for each year a loan is received.  

    Children and Family Services Funds

    Public Health Funds 

    • Colposcopy Training and Equipment – Funding Opportunity
      Funds are made available to public health clinics to provide clinical training for staff and/or to purchase colposcopy equipment as a means to ensure seamless access to follow-up procedures with a colposcope after an abnormal Pap test. - Open

    Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilitites

    The State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Council on Developmental Disabilities has released Requests for Applications for projects that address their five-year state plan goals. See the full RFAs and application requirements under the Grant Seekers tab at The Council uses DD Suite for all applications and required reporting. You must create an account in DD Suite to apply. Applications are due by October 30, 2020. Contact Council staff at with questions. 

    • Elevating the Role of the Direct Support Professional
      Project will document the critical service that DSPs provide to individuals, especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, through interviews with DSPs, individuals, families/guardians, and provider agency management. Stories will be recorded as a video/story. This project will be used to influence policies to increase DSP wages and as a tool to recruit and retain dedicated direct support professionals.

    • Technology Training and Outreach
      This two-fold demonstration project will provide education and training to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), care providers, and Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) on the many positive uses of technology. For people with IDD, the project will result in decreased feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and isolation; increased social capital and interaction with peers, family members, and the community; and new skills learned through apps specific to activities to keep their minds sharp, exercise programs, increasing independence, etc. For service providers, the project will demonstrate how technology can be used by DSPs to provide supports in new ways, assist with ISPs, and teach life and employment skills to be or become more independent.

    • Opportunity Subawards
      Opportunity Subaward projects are funded for only one year. Projects will focus on improving the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Opportunity Subaward projects must address one of the four goals in the Council's 2017-2021 State Plan. Applicants should justify how their project supports inclusion and self-direction, as well as how the project can be sustained beyond the one-year subaward period. Up to three Opportunity Subawards will be funded.