Center for Rural Affairs – REAP – Community Capitol

Areas Served:

  • Panhandle of Nebraska
  • State of Nebraska

Age Group:


    When a bank can’t help with dreams of homeownership or growing a business, the Center for Rural Affairs can. We offer coaching and financing to help people become homeowners and to start or grow sustainable businesses. You can find your nearest loan specialist here.

    Call on the Center when you are thinking of starting a small business or if you already operate a small business in Nebraska. We offer four essential services: financing (microloans), business training, one-on-one business counseling, and networking.

    With the assistance of our staff, you can create a business plan, research potential markets and marketing ideas, discuss management issues with experienced business specialists, and apply for a small business loan.

    Started in 1990, our lending program has provided services to numerous micro/small businesses throughout Nebraska. (A microbusiness is defined as one with 10 or fewer employees.) We’ve placed more than $23 million in loans to strengthen rural communities and are committed to continue this work.

    In 2021, the Center started offering home ownership loans for the purchase of home, owner occupied rehabilitation or renovation, or emergency repair to a property. We believe in building sustainable communities and that everyone living in rural America should have the opportunity to live a happy and fulfilling life. We help Nebraskans own stable, safe, and quality housing.

    Learn more at

    145 Main St, PO Box 136
    Lyons , NE 68038 

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    Contact Person: Bryon DePew

    Agency Hours:

    Fees: 8:00 - 4:30

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