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Financial assistance programs in Nebraska.

Get information on financial assistance including grants, charitable and government aid, or free stuff in all counties of Nebraska listed below, including Lincoln and Omaha. Get financial help for paying rent, electric bills, a mortgage or other housing costs. Locate free food and medical care, clothes, gasoline cards for work, or Meals on Wheels services. Find resources for farmers or rural communities and get financial aid to pay other bills across Nebraska.

Struggling and low-income families can get grant money for their bills, but the financial help is often combined with other services. This includes free job training in NE, information on budgeting or paying down loans, and also free daycare vouchers or car payment help for work related reasons. Find details below.

Find grant money to help with bills, free stuff in NE, housing and other social services

CHIP - Kids Connection
A government funded health insurance program for low to even moderate income families. It provides kids under 19 with health insurance and an help with medical bills. It is available for children 19 and younger who are residents of Nebraska. Call (855) 632-7633.

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
RAP is a financial support program for adults with both a serious mental illness as well as very low incomes. Services are afforded to qualified clients to help them find affordable and safe housing. Participants may also qualify for other resources such as independent housing or government section 8 housing vouchers. Apply at community action agencies in Nebraska. Or find additional rent assistance.

Rural Programs, Including USDA
Rural communities in Nebraska can get financial help from the government, non-profits, state and other agencies. There may be low cost business loans. Free transportation for the elderly/disabled may be arranged, or get grants, counseling, referrals and more. Find financial resources for rural communities.

Nebraska Food Stamp Program
This assistance program helps low income Nebraska families buy food or groceries at the store. Applicants not need to be receiving any other public assistance or benefits in order to be eligible for this program, but families won’t receive food stamps automatically. Families, single mothers, the elderly or unemployed need to apply and be found eligible for SNAP EBT cards. Call (402) 471-3121.




Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) program
This government assistance program provides cash assistance grants to lower income families with children that are aged 18 or younger. ADC (TANF) cash grants are used to pay for family living expenses like utilities, rent, medical bills, groceries and food, clothing, and other needed items. Call (800) 383-4278.

  • Employment First - This is Nebraska's welfare reform program. This assistance program will help families achieve economic self-sufficiency by providing education, job training, and employment preparation as well as opportunities. There is also financial help for food, housing, medical and more. It is combined with TANF above.

Child Care Subsidy
This government assistance program will help pay for child as well as day care expenses. Income limits are in place and the parent applying must meet other conditions around employment and/or job training. Call (402) 471-9325, or more on Nebraska free child care assistance programs.

Emergency Assistance
This service provides government services and money to pay bills for needy children as well as other household members when there’s an emergency situation. This is part of TANF in Nebraska. Call (800) 383-4278, or find details on emergency cash assistance in Nebraska.

Mortgage Help and Foreclosure Prevention
A number of non-profit housing counselors operate across Nebraska. The HUD certified counselors can offer homeowners free foreclosure assistance and information on mortgage programs. Read more free HUD counseling in Nebraska.

Nebraska Free Prescription Card - Nebraska Rx Card
This is a statewide discount prescription medication card. This program, which provides a free discount drug card to all Nebraska residents, will provide savings of up to 75% on medicines and prescription drugs. The card is free to sign up for and use with no restrictions to membership, no age limitations, and no income requirements. Call (402) 471-9147.

Nebraska Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Programs
Non-profits known as the Continuum of Care as well as the Department of HHS provide help. The government funded eviction and rapid rehousing assistance stops homelessness by issuing grants. The money will pay for everything from rent to legal bills, shelters, moving fees, and security deposits. More Nebraska eviction assistance.





Access Medical and Free Health Care from Clinics
Several free or low cost health care centers and clinics operate across Nebraska. These centers mostly help low income families and those with no or limited health insurance, but anyone can stop by for care. No one is turned away, regardless of your income. More on Nebraska free community clinics.

Additional free health insurance and medical bill help is offered. There is Medicaid, free prescription drugs (or discounts), advocates to assist with medical bills, payment plans in Nebraska and other resources. Find a list of medical bill assistance and insurance programs.

Government Cash Assistance and Public Aid
The state of Nebraska offers low income and working poor families access to several federal government funded and state assistance programs. In general, some short term cash may be provided for basic needs (such as food, utilities, and rent) while social services help people get back on their feet. Read more Nebraska public aid.

Nebraska Senior Financial Assistance Programs
Residents over the age of 55 as well as senior citizens have several programs that focus on their needs. Regional non-profit Agency on Aging offices provide information, food, medical care, and more in an effort to help older adults. Or learn about Meals on Wheels and other support. Learn more on financial help for seniors in Nebraska.

Temporary Housing and Homeless Shelter
Organizations such as community action agencies, churches, and non-profits in Nebraska offer short term housing and other support, such as food and information on low income apartments, to low income families and the homeless. The goal is to rehouse residents, and learn more on Nebraska transitional housing.

Job Training, Career Counseling, Education and Government Grants
If you need a job, access to educational services, and help in applying for emergency grants, then a community action agency can be a great place to call. The non-profits provide residents a number of services for short and long term needs. Continue with community action agencies in Nebraska.

Get Help With Heating and Energy Bills
A number of assistance programs are offered from non-profits, private donations, charities and utility companies themselves. Find how to get a grant and/or financial assistance. Click here for more information on Nebraska energy bill assistance programs, conservation programs and other resources.

Social Services and Emergency Aid in Nebraska
One of the leading non-profits to call for help is the Salvation Army. They operate several centers in the state. Some of what may be provided includes Christmas assistance, food, funds for paying utility bills, Family Stores and ongoing case management. Click Nebraska Salvation Army.







The Nebraska Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This state and federal government assistance program will help people with limited incomes and those who are struggling offset the cost of both heating and cooling their homes. Seniors, the disabled, and those in poverty get priority for low-income utility bill help. The financial aid program will partially pay the cost of fuel oil, electricity, gas, coal, wood, propane, propane, or other fuel source. Find more on LIHEAP in Nebraska.

  • Nebraska Free Weatherization Program - The program (combined with LIHEAP above) enables low-income families in Nebraska to low their energy and heating bills by making their homes more energy efficient. It will help families save energy as part of government mandates.

Assistance from Nebraska Cities and Counties

There are other city and countwide financial resources as well, and select a location below. Local government grant money, charities and other groups can offer help with bills, free items and other social services.

Adams County (Hastings)

Buffalo County (Kearney)

Dawson County (Lexington)

Kearney County (Minden)

Keith County (Ogallala)

Lancaster County (Lincoln)

Lincoln County (North Platte)

Omaha and Douglas County

Red Willow County (McCook)

Sarpy County (Papillion)

Sioux County (Orange City)


By Jon McNamara

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