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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Public Works (PW)

Grants to Nebraska Municipalities and Counties
to Develop Community Infrastructure

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED)

Deadline Date:

08/30/19 Postmarked or Delivery


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Grants to Nebraska counties and municipalities for the development of public infrastructure. Funding is intended for projects such as community centers, remodeling homeless shelters, neighborhood parks, fire trucks, tornado shelters, senior centers, public libraries, improved access for people with disabilities, and nonprofit care centers.

The purpose of the Public Works (PW) Program Category is to provide for a broad range of investments to communities investing in effective and affordable infrastructure and/or facilities that address strategic long-term developments. This category recognizes the importance of the availability and condition of infrastructure and community facilities. Funded projects shall develop the state’s communities and counties by providing residents with basic infrastructure and/or facilities with the opportunity to maximize energy efficiency and provide a suitable living environment.

For this purposes of the PW program category, there are two general classifications of applications:
- Facilities: buildings and park facilities (e.g. community centers, neighborhood parks, tornado shelters, etc.).
- Infrastructure: underlying structural systems (e.g. streets, flood control, water mains, etc.)

National CDBG Objective:

Eligible Activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181203

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum Projects Costs: $250,000
Maximum Project Costs: $400,000, exclusive of supporting project and general administration costs
General Administration: 10% of Project Costs, not to exceed $25,000
Construction Management: $10,000

The cost per resident beneficiary cannot exceed $3,000, except for daycare centers where it cannot exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

PW projects are to be completed within twenty-four (24) months following notice of approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include every Nebraska incorporated municipality or Nebraska county with a population of less than 50,000 and who are not classified as a CDBG Entitlement Community (including Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and Grand Island).

Eligible applicants may submit one of two types of applications:
1. Individual: An eligible municipality may apply only for projects within its corporate limits, and an eligible county may apply only for such projects or activities in unincorporated areas.
2. Joint: Eligible applicants may apply together for projects when it can be clearly documented that mutual action by the applicants is required. The applicant local government in multi-jurisdictional application must also be a direct participant in the study/project. The applicant local government cannot serve only as a pass through for CDBG funds or only as the general administrator of the study/project.

Special Policies for Applicants:

Ineligible Activities:

Pre-Application Information:

- Public Works Application Due (Cycle 1): August 30
- Anticipated Award: Fall
- Public Works Application Due (Cycle 2): TBD (if needed)

Under the PW program category, activities require a 25% match. Consideration for match will be given for such sources as public and/or private funds, or in-kind services such as materials, labor, or other items that are directly related to the project. The amount of match must be calculated in dollars.

Proposed match must be from CDBG eligible activities directly related to the proposed project(s) or directly benefiting a substantial majority of the LMI persons or families residing within the service area during the grant award period.

For this purposes of the PW category, there are two general classifications of applications for which communities may apply: 1) facilities and 2) infrastructure. Facilities are those activities including buildings and park facilities (e.g. community centers, neighborhood parks, tornado shelters, etc.). Infrastructure involves underlying structural systems critical to the function of the community including streets, flood control, water mains, etc.

In each of the two general classifications, eligible local governments may individually or jointly apply and receive up to two grants per year in the Public Works category; one only in the facilities classification and one only in the infrastructure classification. For example in a single program year, Anytown may apply for and receive one PW grant for improvements to their community center and another to replace a water main.

Contact Information:

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

Rebecca Schademann

Applications must be submitted electronically via Sharefile:

Additionally, a hard copy must be submitted to the address below:

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
ATTN: CDBG PW Application
PO Box 94666
Lincoln, NE 68509

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska