Department of Economic Development Invites Applications for READ Nebraska Grant Program
18 Aug 2023
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is accepting applications for the READ Nebraska grant program. At the request of Governor Jim Pillen, the Nebraska Legislature established the program through Legislative Bill (LB) 814 during the 2023 legislative session. The Unicameral allocated $4.8 million to DED for both State fiscal years 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 to provide aid to mentoring programs designed to improve reading levels for elementary students.
“There is no better investment than helping a young person,” said Gov. Pillen. “Students’ success largely depends on supportive adults taking an active interest in their growth. Mentors give guidance, encouragement, as well as hope when times are tough. Every child deserves a mentor, and we’re committed to providing that opportunity for all our kids in Nebraska.”