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Nebraska Grants

There are many grants available in this State to assist a home buyer purchase a home. By using these grants it makes it possible to purchase a home with little or no money down. 

Below is a list of some of the grants available, as well as contact information for each. Some are State sponsored grants. Some are sponsored on the county or municipality level. 

Understand that many of these grants have limited funding, and most have income restrictions, so it is important to work with your mortgage lender and the non profit administering the grant program to ensure availability of funds. 

State Sponsored
Bank Sponsored Matching Funds Programs
Community/local Sponsored Grants
Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Programs

State Sponsored 

The State of Nebraska offers grants of up to $3000 to first time home buyers through the Federal Home Loans Bank – Topeka. For more information click on the link below:


They also offer grants of up to 4.25% of the mortgage amount applied for through their NIFA Down Payment Assistance Program. For more information click on the link below:


Bank Sponsored Matching Funds Programs 

Banks that are members of the Federal Home Loan Banking system also offer IDA savings accounts. Visit the Regional Federal Home Loan Bank web site for more information.

Community/local Sponsored Grants

Douglas County Holy Name Housing Corporation, New Community Development Corporation and Omaha Economic Development Corporation, Focus Community Initiative Challenge Grant (GRANT) 
(402) 451-2939 

Grand Island Homeownership Opportunity Program (308) 385-5444 

Hastings Southwood Subdivision Down Payment Assistance (DPA) 
(402) 461-4115 

Lincoln First Home Program (FHP) 
(402) 477-7181 

Multi Counties Blue Valley Community Action Inc Home Ownership Opportunity Program (HOP) 
(402) 729-2278 

Multi Counties High Plains Community Development Corporation Down Payment & Closing Cost Assistance Program (DAP) 
(308) 432-4346 

Multi Counties Northeast Economic Development, Inc. Northeast Regional Down Payment Assistance Program (DPAP) 
(402) 379-1150 

Multi Counties Northern Ponca Housing Authority Down payment Assistance Program (DAP) 
(402) 379-8224 

Norfolk Elkhorn Valley Community Development Corporation Homeownership Opportunity Program (HOP) 
(402) 379-3311 

Omaha Housing Authority Public Housing Homeownership Program (PHHP) 
(402) 444-3215 

Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Programs

There are several non profit organizations that allow a seller to “donate” funds to them at closing, which is then given to the buyer as a down payment assistance grant. Presently, the federal government is reviewing these programs to determine whether this practice is an acceptable lending practice. By using one of these programs it is possible to purchase a home with little or no money. The seller needs to be a motivated seller, and the home needs to be priced correctly. Usually the sales price is inflated to cover the “donation”. The home must be able to appraise at the inflated price. These programs are initiated by the lender, so it is important to work with a local lender before you start looking for a home. The lender will also know how present legislation is affecting the program. The two most commonly used programs are The American Dream DAP and The Nehemiah DAP. Below are links to their web site.

American Dream:  http://www.americandreamdownpaymentassistance.com/dpa_app.cfm

Nehemiah Corp: