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Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI)

Grants to Nebraska Businesses and
Hospitals for STEM Education Initiatives

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED)

Deadline Date:

05/16/21 12:00 PM


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Grants to Nebraska businesses, business consortia, and hospitals for education initiatives. Funding is intended to support partnership programs between businesses and local middle schools. The purpose of this program is to encourage career exploration in STEM fields, such as engineering, healthcare, IT, and manufacturing.

The Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) creates collaboration between Nebraska businesses and public schools, connecting young Nebraskans to learning opportunities in the workforce that can play an important role in their decision to build their careers in the state.

The intent of DYTI is to support an industry-defined approach to develop a youth talent pipeline for the state’s emerging STEM workforce, especially in Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare and Engineering occupations. Grant recipients will partner with schools to engage 7th and 8th grade students in participation of hands-on career exploration and relevant workplace-learning opportunities. Exposing this next generation of leaders to the advanced skills and knowledge required for STEM occupations encourages an expanding workforce to help Grow Nebraska.

Projects must facilitate 7th and 8th grade student participation in hands-on STEM career exploration and exposure to STEM skills in order to increase interest and awareness of STEM occupations among area students. Priority may be given to projects with a focus on IT, manufacturing, healthcare and engineering skills. Eligible projects may be structured in a variety of ways, including (but not limited to) activities such as:

  • Developing new classroom curriculum
  • Purchasing equipment for a classroom or lab
  • Creating a mobile trailer
  • Mentoring
  • Planning new events
  • Training teachers and company staff
  • Conducting industry tours
  • Creating a makerspace
  • Providing project competitions and awards
  • Bringing in guest speakers

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189354

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded as Signature and Visionary Projects. Projects that are awarded $50,000 or more will be considered a Signature Project; projects that are awarded less than $50,000 will be considered a Visionary Project. Preference given to business consortiums, with one business designated as lead. One grant must be awarded to a rural county with a population of less than 100,000.

Term of Contract:

Contract period is for two years with eligible costs incurred within the Contract Period, which begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are for-profit Nebraska businesses or consortiums of businesses in any industry. Non-profit hospitals are also eligible. Non-profit businesses can be part of a business consortium. Consortiums must identify the lead business applicant who will serve as the primary contact for the application and grant recipient. The business must be registered with the Nebraska Secretary of State.

Eligible businesses, or consortium of businesses, must partner with local public schools to create a sustainable project plan. Letters of support from all entities participating in the application and identification of all in-kind match is also requested within the application.

State and federal government entities, governmental subdivisions (including counties, cities, villages, school districts, metropolitan utilities districts, or any other subdivision of the state, which receive revenue raised by taxation), and public and private colleges and universities are not eligible to receive a DYTI grant.

Grant funds may not be used for:
- Indirect costs
- Wages or salaries that are already paid by the business or school (note: wages paid to compensate additional hours necessary to the project may be a reimbursable expense at the discretion of DED)
- Alcohol, tobacco and entertainment
- Politically related activities (ex. lobbying services etc.)
- Individual donations or fundraising activities
- Costs incurred outside of the contract period of the grant
- Other costs deemed unallowable by DED

Pre-Application Information:

- Submission Open Date: 3/1/2021 9:00 AM Central Standard Time
- Submission Close Date: 5/16/2021 12:00 PM Central Standard Time

Important Deadlines
- March 1st: Applications will be opened; a link to the application is provided below
- May 14th at 12:00pm (noon): Applications due
- Late May: Review committee meets
- Late June: Notices of award and denial sent
- July 1st: Contracts begin

Once the contract and ACH Enrollment Form are completed with signatures, reimbursement may be requested in amounts no less than $1,000.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

For more information, please contact:
Allison Hatch, Talent Development Team Leader
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
P.O. 94666
Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
(402) 318-1383

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