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Gov. Ricketts discusses second round of COVID-19 related grants

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 10:00 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 12:08:44-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — During a press conference on Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts discussed how leftover funds from the state’s coronavirus relief grants will be used.

A little over $1 billion was allocated for Nebraska by the U.S. government to help meet the needs of businesses, the unemployment trust fund, state and local governments.

Approximately $160 million in funding has not been used yet. Funds must be used by Dec. 30 or the funds will be returned to the federal government.

COVID-19 relief fund programs such as Community Cares and the Healthy Places Grant will receive nearly $50 million in the second phase of grants.

Approximately $150 million will be allocated to the second phase of Grow Nebraska. Grants will be available for small businesses, livestock, restaurants and bars, cosmetics, massage therapists and body art, events centers and sports arenas, hotels and convention centers, ethanol producers, movie theaters and a zoo stimulus.

Applications open at 10 a.m. Wednesday and close on Nov. 14. Funds will be dispersed by Dec. 30.

There is a first-come, first-serve basis on many of the grants.

See more here.

On Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a press conference with public health leaders saying a Directed Health Measure, which will place limits on crowd sizes and quotas on hospital capacity, will go into place on Wednesday, October 21.

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