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. These grants have since been awarded and are now closed.
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.
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 requirements, see especially item 4 on page 1 for prohibited activities.