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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. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to applying. Facilities may include recreation and wellness centers, libraries, convention centers, gathering spaces, cultural centers, and town squares.

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:

  • Public Space: property located within 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.
  • Civic Center: a facility that is used to host conventions, meetings, and cultural events or a library. Note: what is commonly called a “community center” is a likely a “civic center” under this statutory definition.
  • 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 or a building that is certified as contributing to the significance of a registered state or national historic district. note: Where an application involves an historic building or district, special policies apply; see Special Policies for Historic Buildings.

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 and/or expansion of existing facilities.
  • Historic Buildings or Districts: used for preservation, restoration, conversion, rehabilitation, or reuse of historic buildings or districts. For more information, see Special Policies for Historic Buildings.
  • Public Spaces: used to construct or upgrade public spaces; for such purpose, included is demolition of substandard and abandoned buildings.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180584

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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:

This program is only open to municipalities. Most Nebraska municipalities are eligible and may apply in competition with other municipalities seeking funds. Eligibility requirements and thresholds include:

Ownership – Must conform to one of the two options described below. In any case, the municipality shall be the applicant (and, if awarded, recipient) for the grant of assistance.
- Municipality must own the facility.
- Municipality may jointly own an eligible facility with a political subdivision if the municipality's ownership interest in such facility is at least fifty percent. Political subdivision means a county, school district, community college area, or natural resources district.

Location – Must conform to one of the two options described below. In any case, the municipality shall include a map identifying the location of the facility for the grant of assistance in relation to the community, identifying any relevant sites or related projects. The intent of the map is to provide context to the proposed project. Also appropriate may be photographs, which – in addition to the required map – may also be included.
- The facility is located within the boundaries of the municipality applying for the grant.
- The facility is located within the municipality’s extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction.

Operation – A municipality must operate the facility directly, or under contract.

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:

Grant Schedule:
- Letter of Intent Due Date: January 15, 2020
- Application Due Date: February 15, 2020
- Anticipated Award Date: March 30, 2020

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.

Potential applicants should contact the CCCFF Program Coordinator to confirm which grant maximum schedule to use 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.

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.

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

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