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Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF)

Grants to Nebraska Municipalities to
Build and Improve Community Facilities

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) - Housing and Community Development Division

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Grants to Nebraska eligible municipalities for community facility construction, improvement, or planning projects. An intent to apply must be submitted prior to applying. Facilities may include recreation and wellness centers, libraries, convention centers, gathering spaces, cultural centers, and town squares.

Projects may include the conversion, rehabilitation, or reuse of historic buildings. The grant may also be used for preliminary planning related to the development or rehabilitation of eligible projects.

Projects must be open to the public and located within the official boundaries of the applicant community. Successful projects should demonstrate substantial community support as well as enhancements to the quality of life in the application community.

Eligible Projects

Applicants apply for one of two grant types available in a single program year:
- Planning (i.e. engineering and/or technical studies directly related to eligible projects as defined below.)
- Construction

Eligible facilities defined:

- Civic Center: a facility that is primarily used to host conventions, meetings, and cultural events and/or a library. A civic center therefore includes space for conventions, meetings, and cultural events and/or a library.
- Recreation Center: a facility or park used for athletics, fitness, sport activities, or recreation that is owned by a municipality and is available for use by the general public with or without charge. A recreation center does not include any facility that requires a person to purchase a membership to utilize such facility (e.g. country club), but may include facilities that charge a reasonable user fee (e.g. wellness center).
- Historic Building or District: a building or district eligible for listing on or currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. NOTE: Where an application involves an historic building or district, special policies apply; see Special Policies for Historic Buildings.
- Community Center: the traditional center of a community, typically comprised of a cohesive core of residential, civic, religious, and commercial buildings, arranged around a main street and intersecting streets. A community center is therefore an area of multiple buildings with both internal and external elements. A civic center may or may not be in a community center. NOTE: what is commonly called a “community center” is a likely a “civic center” under this statutory definition.

While some facilities are likely to incorporate multiple uses and may meet the definition of more than one type, eligible activities by facility type are:

- Civic Centers and/or Recreation Centers: used for new construction or renovation/expansion of existing facilities.
- Historic Buildings: used for conversion, rehabilitation, or reuse of historic buildings. Where the ownership is that of a non-profit organization, a grant may assist in the preservation and restoration thereof. For more information, see Special Policies for Historic Buildings.
- Community Centers: used to upgrade community centers, including demolition of substandard and abandoned buildings.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180584

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grants are available for $3,000 – $15,000.

Construction grants are available for a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum as defined below.

Grant Maximum Schedule A (Until the balance of the Fund reaches $3,750,000):
-Population of 100,000 to 299,999 persons: Up to $2,250,000
-Population of 40,000 to 99,999 persons: Up to $1,125,000
-Population of 20,000 to 39,999: Up to $750,000
-Population of $10,000 to 19,999: Up to $600,000
-Population less than 10,000: Up to $375,000

Grant Maximum Schedule B (After the balance of the Fund reaches $3,7500,000 and until it falls below $1,500,000)
-Population of 100,000 to 299,999 persons: Up to $3,375,000
-Population of 40,000 to 99,999 persons: Up to $1,687,000
-Population of 20,000 to 39,999: Up to $1,125,000
-Population of $10,000 to 19,999: Up to $900,000
-Population less than 10,000: Up to $562,000

Term of Contract:

Awarded projects should be completed within two years of the contract start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Under the Civic and Community Center Financing (CCCF) Act and in competition with other municipalities seeking funds, most Nebraska municipalities are eligible and may apply. Eligibility requirements and restrictions include:

- Ownership: Municipality seeking a grant must own and operate the facility, directly or under contract.
- Location: The project must be located within the boundaries of the municipality applying for the grant.
- A municipality may only receive one grant of each type (planning or construction) in any two-year period

Not eligible to apply for a CCCFF grant are the cities of Omaha and Lincoln, or other municipality that has received funding through the Convention Center Facility Financing Assistance Act. No project may receive assistance under both the Sports Arena Facility Financial Assistance Act (SAFFA) and CCCF Act, including Ralston.

Ineligible Expenses
Not eligible for grant funds, nor for consideration as required local match, are those costs incurred prior to a grant award. Also ineligible are costs associated with facility programming, marketing, advertising, or facility-staffing activities. For construction grants, monies may be used for the purchase and installation of fixed seating, lighting, carpeting, and other fixtures at a facility, but not for temporary and/or portable furniture or equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

On an annual cycle, the program operates on a two-part application process. Applicants meeting eligibility requirements, (1) provide a signed letter of intent to apply on or before January 15 of the current program year and (2) submit a completed application using the online application portal.

Upon submission of the letter of intent and within the appropriate program year, Applicants may submit their application at any time from January 15 to February 15. Through an announcement made no later than June 1 of the current program year, DED reserves the right to hold a second application cycle.

- Letter of Intent Due Date January 15
- Application Due Date February 15
- Anticipated Award Date March 30

Recipients must match grant funds at least equally from local sources (1:1 local cost-share). Matching funds must be injected into the project within the contract effective dates. Neither the local match nor the items listed for grant assistance may include amounts already expended prior to the date of application for grant assistance.

The Legislature annually allocates funds to DED. Approximately $4.5M was available and awarded in 2018, with approximately $2.5M awarded in the prior two program years.

Potential applicants should contact the CCCFF Program Coordinator to confirm which grant maximum schedule shall be utilized for the current program year.

DED issues formal notice of approval to recipients of an award, followed by issuance of CCCFF contracts typically within 30-45 days.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Jenny B. Mason, CCCFF Program Coordinator
800-426-6505 / 402-471-6280

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Housing & Community Development Division
P.O. Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4666

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska: Statewide, excluding the Cities of Omaha and Lincoln and other municipalities receiving funding through the Convention Center Facility Financing Assistance Act