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NIFA Housing Study Grant

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits and For-Profits
for Community Development Evaluations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA)

Deadline Date:

11/17/17 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $60,000 to Nebraska nonprofit and for-profit housing and economic development agencies to conduct studies that will inform future housing, economic, community, and place-based development initiatives. Studies must focus on a specific neighborhood, region, community, or county. The grant may be used to finance a new study or an update to a study conducted five or more years previously.

The area to be included in the study must be consistent with and contained within an area’s planning and zoning regulations. Demographics, housing stock quality, housing types, and community design characteristics must be elements considered in the study.

The Application must indicate how the study will address the following components:

1) The housing needs of the selected area must be evaluated and proposed future housing development identified. Some portion of the final study should include recommendations for projects potentially eligible for NIFA financing.

2) The incorporation of an identified public planning process in order to encourage citizens to actively participate in the shaping of the future of their community.

3) Evidence of coordination with and participation of the local municipality and other stakeholders in the community in the process of the study.

4) The inclusion of recommendations for, at a minimum, development of one of the following: future land use planning, community facilities, transportation needs, and or employment opportunities.

5) The Application must include a detailed timeline for the completion of the study. The final study should include a workable timeline for the implementation of the proposed recommendations.

6) The Application must include a detailed budget setting forth all costs and expenses related to the proposed study. All professionals providing services in connection with the completion of the study must be clearly identified with contact information (or, if not yet identified, the selection process to be used to select those professionals must be set forth in the application). If the housing study is part of a comprehensive plan, please clearly identify the cost of the housing study component in the budget for the comprehensive plan.

7) The study and public planning process should also consider and address the following key elements of Place-Based Development:

-Uses and Activities
-Comfort and Image
-Access and Linkage

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176099

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $60,000

Term of Contract:

The study is expected to be completed within an 18-month period following acceptance by grantee of a NIFA letter agreement for a Housing Study Grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include any housing or economic development entity, for-profit or nonprofit, without direct access to funds from property tax revenues.

Pre-Application Information:

Housing grant evaluation criteria:

Fiscal Year 2018 Allocation - Applications for the Housing Study Grant Program must be delivered to NIFA by 5:00 p.m. on the following dates to be considered:

Round 1: July 14th, 2017
Round 2: November 17th, 2017 (if funds remain)

To be considered for a Housing Study Grant, one copy of the Application (hard copy or email in .pdf file) must be submitted at the address and to the person indicated below.

Except as set forth in the following sentence, a cash match of at least fifty percent (50%) is required for all housing studies. If the proposed housing study is part of a “comprehensive plan,” the match requirement will be a minimum of seventy percent (70%).

Proposed studies must have the support, and preferably partial funding, from the local governing jurisdiction(s).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Elizabeth Fimbres, Outreach Program Manager
(402) 898-2501

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
200 Commerce Court
1230 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska