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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. Find 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 how to get financial help in NE near you below.

Apply to resources for farmers or rural communities from the USDA. In addition, struggling and low-income families will get grant money for their bills, but the financial help is often combined with other social 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

Nebraska Food Stamp Program - This assistance program helps low income Nebraska families, the rural community and working poor 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 SNAP food stamps or an EBT card 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 program provides cash assistance grants to lower income families with children that are aged 18 or younger as well as single mothers. ADC (TANF) cash grants are used to pay for family living expenses like utilities, rent, medical bills, groceries and food, car repairs, gasoline, 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. Some low income parents in NE may get free daycare too. 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 children as well as other household members when there’s an emergency situation. Get money for gas to get to a job, housing, groceries or even to pay for a car. This is part of TANF in Nebraska. Call (800) 383-4278, or find details on emergency cash assistance in Nebraska.

Financial Help and Free Stuff for Pregnant Woman - Nebraska has one of the nation’s highest fertility rates, and expectant moms or pregnant woman can get help. government grant money, baby stuff including diapers, formula or cribs and more is offered. Read how to get free stuff when pregnant.

Rental Assistance Program (RAP) - RAP is a financial support program for adults with both a serious mental illness as well as a very low income or that have no money. 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.

Mortgage Help and Foreclosure Prevention - A number of government certified 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 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.





Government Cash Assistance and Public Aid - The state of Nebraska offers low income, unemployed and working poor families access to several federal government funded as well as state assistance programs. In general, some short term immediate 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 deposit grants 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, including a free car for work in Nebraska, internet access or computers, and grant money. 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, rent help or hotel vouchers 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.

Free medical, prescription drugs and dental assistance for low-income families in Nebraska

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

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.

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 or even if the patient has no money. 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.

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)


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