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 Round 2

    On October 19, 2020, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a second round of Community CARES grant programs to help Nebraska's charitable organizations and care providers respond to 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; provide resources for child care providers and religious centers; and fund organizations focused on food and housing security.


    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. 

      Please do not submit bids if you are not currently in the Interpreter and Translator Contractor Pool. Please complete the application process described below to join the Contractor Pool.

      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.  

    iServe Nebraska

    The State of Nebraska seeks to prequalify a pool of contractors able to provide Agile application or platform development and deployment agile application development services to implement the iServe Nebraska, and/or legacy modernization services to incrementally enhance the existing benefits eligibility and enrollment system (N-FOCUS) functionality, to deliver a modern and improved user experience. Opening date: January 5, 2021, continuous thereafter.


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    Children and Family Services Funds

    • SOAR Case Management
      The purpose of this funding is to assist individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness with applying for Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) by utilizing the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) model developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Application Due Date: October 15th, 2021.
    • Child Care and Subsidy Study
      DHHS, Division of Children and Family Services, is issuing this RFA for the purposes of collaborating with a nonprofit organization to conduct an independent evaluation or impact study as outlined in Nebraska Revised Statutes §68-1206(2)(a)-(d), per Legislative Bill 485 2021 (LB 485).  Applicants must have expertise in early childhood care and education.  This effort is a fact finding mission that seeks to quantify the impacts of raising Child Care Subsidy program eligibility to 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  Additionally, it also seeks to address the child care cliff effect by allowing families to qualify for transitional child care assistance if their income is less than 200 percent of the FPL.  The research will be conducted to obtain an independent evaluation of the income eligibility changes made in subdivisions 2(a) and 2(b) of Nebraska Revised Statutes §68-1206 by LB 485. Application Due Date: December, 3rd, 2021.

    Public Health Funds 

    • State Indoor Radon Grant
      The objective of the Radon Awareness and Risk Reduction Award program is to increase local awareness about the risks associated with radon exposure and to involve communities in the reduction of such risks. To achieve this objective, the NDHHS Radon Program has identified High Priority Areas, which applications should address:  1. Increasing numbers of radon resistant new construction, especially in high risk areas of the state. 2. Increasing amounts of radon testing across Nebraska. 3. Continuing to encourage mitigation when necessary. 4. Increasing awareness about the health risk from radon exposure. Application Due Date: October 8, 2021.
    • Title V Adolescent Reproductive Health RFA
      The State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health (“DHHS") Reproductive Health, is issuing this Request for Applications (“RFA") for the purposes of entering into grant agreement(s) (“subaward" or “subawards") and awarding federal funds to an eligible and qualified entity to engage Adolescents to increase their utilization of reproductive health services. Closed.​
    • Radon Awareness and Risk Reduction
      The State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS"), Division of Public Health, Radon Program is issuing this Request for Applications (“RFA") to award funds to non-profit organizations throughout Nebraska, to increase local awareness about the risks associated with radon exposure and to involve communities in the reduction of such risks. Application Due Date: November 13, 2020
    • 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. ​
    • Infant Toddler Pantry project - Notice of Opportunity
      The Nebraska Title V Maternal and Child Health Program in the Division of Public Health is accepting applications now through August 15, 2021, for a short-term project to establish “Infant-Toddler Pantries" in non-profit and public organizations, to temporarily assist families in need with a selection of infant and toddler supplies.  One-time awards will be made on the basis of completed application and available funds, with provision that all supplies are distributed and final invoices received for reimbursement no later than September 15, 2021.  Awards may be $2,000 - $10,000 depending on demonstration of ability to reach families in need. See Notice of Opportunity for specifics and limitations. Awards will be make on an ongoing basis until August 15, 2021 or $100,000 has been obligated, whichever comes first.