Small Business Stabilization Grants for Livestock Producers

Livestock producers across the state have been adversely affected by manufacturing closures and changing consumer demand due to COVID-19. This has translated into dramatic reductions in revenue. The SBS Grant allocates working capital to help cover Nebraska livestock producers’ operating expenses, enabling them to return to stability and profitability.

Please note: The application submission deadline for this program has passed and DED is no longer accepting applications. 

Applicants who applied before July 13th have been notifed by email. Hit the 'Who Received this Grant' button for more details.

Who is eligible?

  • Nebraska livestock producers with 1 to 10 employees that have closed or sustained a loss of revenue or employment since March 13, 2020, are eligible to apply. The following industries are eligible:
    • Beef Cattle Ranching and Farming (NAICS 112111)
    • Dairy Cattle and Milk Production (NAICS 11212)
    • Hog and Pig Farming (NAICS 1122)
    • Poultry and Egg Production (NAICS 1123)
    • Sheep/Goat Farming (NAICS 1124)
  • Nebraska Livestock producers must have at least 20 animal units
  • Two-thirds (2/3) of gross income must come from Farming or Ranching

The State of Nebraska will be providing transparent reporting on the CARES Act funds and names of recipients will be made public.

How can the grant be used?

Livestock producers can use the SBS grant as working capital to pay for operating expenses, with the purpose of helping the producer maintain or bounce back during the period of economic downturn.

Preparing to apply

A PDF version of the full application can be found here to be used in preparation. Please note that DED will NOT accept PDF applications. You must use the hyperlink in the Eligibility Certification to submit your application.

Download the User Guide Here
Download Preparation PDF Here

See the Application Guidelines for more information on eligibility, the use of funds, instructions on how to apply and the selection process.

Download Application Guidelines PDF Here.

How to apply

If eligibility requirements are met, the grant-seeking livestock producer should submit an electronic Eligibility Certification to DED by the deadline below. The Eligibility Certification will be used to verify that the livestock producer is a Nebraska taxpayer that has employees in the state. If the livestock producer is validated, it will receive an invitation to submit a full application, which must be submitted by the deadline below.

For a business, you will need the following: Business Name, Email, State ID (tax ID)

For an individual (sole proprietorship), you will need the following: Name, Email, Social Security Number, Driver’s License Number, Date issued for DL, Adjusted gross income for most recent tax return

Please note: Adjusted Gross Income on the Eligibility Certification should be the AGI (positive or negative) from the Form 1040. This number is used only to verify the applicant’s identity. This is NOT to meet a 2/3 income from farm or ranching requirement. Do NOT use the gross income from farming.

The requirement that an applicant needed to check that they are a farmer/rancher on their 1040N has been WAIVED. The Eligibility Certification for individual livestock producers has been updated.


  1. Complete the Eligibility Certification Form
  2. If you receive a confirmation message and confirmation number from the Eligibility Certification Form, use the hyperlink in that email to apply to the full application in AmpliFund. See the “Preparing to Apply” section for assistance on using AmpliFund.
  3. At any time, you can log into AmpliFund to check the status of your application.

Please note that only one application is allowed per household

Application deadlines

Eligibility submission opening date June 15, 2020 at 8 AM CDT
Eligibility submission deadline July 1, 2020 at 5 PM CDT
Eligibility notification date (via email from the State) June 15, 2020 – June 26, 2020
Application begin date June 15, 2020 at 8 AM CDT
Application deadline July 1, 2020 at 5 PM CDT

Who Received the Grant?

  • You have recieved an email notifying you whether or not you recieved the grant. Your email also contains information on how and when you will recieve the funds.
  • If you were asked to re-submit a W-9 / ACH Enrollment form, you can find a copy of the form (W-9/ ACH Enrollment Form PDF) and instructions (W-9/ACH Enrollment Instructions)
    • If you have further questions, please call
      • If located in western Nebraska – Mark Jagels (402-580-3525) *This number was incorrect in your email*
      • If located in central Nebraska – Kelly Gewecke (308-627-3151)
      • If located in eastern Nebraska – Lori Shaal – (402-471-3780)





See Frequently Asked Questions for more information on common questions.