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Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for Community Improvement in Eligible Areas

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


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Funding Source
City of Bellevue
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Geographic Focus
USA: Nebraska: City of Bellevue

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/10/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Nebraska nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and school districts for community improvement in eligible areas. Funding priorities include Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention and response, affordable housing, public services, improvement of infrastructure and buildings, and economic development. Eligible programs must benefit residents of the City of Bellevue.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides entitled cities and counties with annual funding and resources that can be used to address the particular needs of their community.  As the nation’s eighth largest federal grant program, the CDBG program impacts a community’s housing stock, business environment, neighborhoods and public facilities. The objectives of the CDBG program are to develop a viable urban community by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate income.

All activities proposed for funding must meet one of three national objectives:

  • Benefit low and moderate income (LMI) persons or households,
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or
  • Meet a community development need having a particular urgency.

Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons can by designated by the following categories (1) area benefit, (2) limited clientele, or (3) employment/job opportunities. For more information on these categories, see page 6 of the Application Guidelines in Attached Files below.

The following priorities and goals were identified in the 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan to address needs in the community that were discussed in the planning process.

  1. Encourage Economic Development through Business Development and Job Creation. (HIGH)
  2. Improve and Expand the Availability and Accessibility to Public Infrastructure and Buildings. (HIGH)
  3. Increase Affordable Housing Opportunities. (HIGH)
  4. Increase and Expand Public Service Availability. (LOW)
  5. Administration of CDBG Program. (HIGH)
  6. COVID-19 Preparation, Prevention, and Response.

For more information on these priorities, see page 8 of the Application Guidelines in Attached Files below.

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition of real property;
  • Demolition;
  • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures (must own building);
  • Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes;
  • Public services (must be a new service or a quantifiable increase in the level of existing service);
  • Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and
  • Providing assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities. 

Eligible activity costs may include:

  • Direct personnel costs necessary to carry out the activity;
  • Reasonable administrative costs relating to oversight of the activity (generally 10%);
  • Materials and supplies necessary to the activity; and
  • Rent, insurance, and utilities associated with the activity location.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, government agencies, school districts, and, under limited circumstances, for-profit businesses (for-profit businesses, please check with the CDBG Program Administrator to determine eligibility). Nonprofits applying for funds must follow “good practice” policies (i.e., board members only serve on a volunteer basis and conflict of interests are avoided— board members do not approve family members receiving financial gain).

Nonprofits receiving federal funds (CDBG) must adhere to the Open Meetings Act (i.e., post agendas and ensure meetings are open to the public).

If the application will be for a public service activity, the activity must be a new service or a quantifiable increase in the level of an existing service pursuant to 24 CFR 570.201(e). Furthermore, if the application request funding for building improvements, 24 CFR 570.201(c) requires that any public facility to be improved must be owned by the public or the non-profit organization requesting funding.

Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:
- Those activities not meeting a National Objective;
- Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government;
- Political activities
- Certain income payments; and
- Construction of new housing.

Generally, the following types of costs are ineligible for funding:
- Any costs not directly related to the implementation of the activity described in the approved application;
- Costs incurred prior to an executed subrecipient agreement or after the expiration of the CDBG subrecipient agreement; and
- Administrative costs that are considered excessive or unreasonable.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A technical assistance workshop will be offered on March 9, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Attendance is strongly encouraged to fully understand project eligibility and the requirements of the program, and the application form will be reviewed in detail. CDBG staff will be available by appointment to review proposal eligibility and application questions with interested applicants.

Pre-Application Information
Applications Deadline: 4:30 p.m. at Monday, April 10, 2023

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to the City of Bellevue and must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 10, 2023. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. will not be considered for funding. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is delivered or received in the mail on time. There is no penalty for early submission.

CDBG Grant Schedule and Important Dates:
- 6:00 PM, Monday, February 6, 2023: 1st Public Hearing
- 1:00-3:00, Thursday, March 9, 2023: Technical Assistance Workshop/Application Q & A
- Monday, April 10, 2023: Application Deadline
- 6:00 PM, Thursday, May 4, 2023: 2nd Public Hearing (applicant presentations)
- 6:00 PM, Thursday, May 11, 2023: CDBG Committee meeting to determine funding recommendations
- June 15, 2023 (or earlier): Notice of Availability of 2023-2024 Annual Action Plan for review
- 6:00 PM, Tuesday, July 18, 2023: CDBG Committee and CDBG staff present funding recommendation to Mayor and City Council and holds during 3rd Public Hearing. Mayor and City Council will make final decision on 2023 funding allocations and Annual Action Plan.
- July 31, 2023: Availability of Final 2023-2024 Annual Action Plan
- August 15, 2023: Annual Action Plan Due to HUD

All applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with the CDBG Program Administrator during the application process to receive accurate information on the category of eligible activity, and the national objective the activity will meet in addition to federal requirements that will apply.

Requests for accommodations will be provided, to the extent feasible, to meet the needs of non-English speaking, deaf and hearing impaired, and visually impaired persons. The City of Bellevue will make arrangements to provide an interpreter, a signer or a reader upon request. Requests must be made by phone call or email at least 72 hours prior to any public hearing or meeting.

CDBG typically operates on a reimbursement basis, in which, subrecipients document the eligible expenditures and are then reimbursed for the costs.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
The term of the grant is generally for a 12-month period in order to meet HUD timeliness requirements; this may be extended for up to a one-year term only on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information
Mail or hand-deliver applications to:
City of Bellevue
Attn: CDBG Program Administrator
1500 Wall Street
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005

If you have questions concerning the City of Bellevue’s CDBG or CDBG-CV programs, please contact:
Abby Highland
CDBG Program Administrator
(402) 293-3000 or (443) 655-2123

RFP & Supporting Documents
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