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

Grants to Nebraska Municipalities and Counties
to Invest in Community Infrastructure

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED)

Deadline Date:

08/30/18

Description:

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Grants to Nebraska counties and municipalities, excluding Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, and Bellevue, for the development of public infrastructure. Examples of eligible projects include streets, sewer and water systems, senior centers, community centers, daycare centers, parks, and libraries.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):

The federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program provides funding for community and economic development projects to encourage additional federal, state, and private resources. Communities receiving CDBG funds use those grants to provide safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) administers the CDBG program for most of the state. Due to population size, some cities in Nebraska are the administrators of the CDBG program in their communities.

DED receives federal funds for CDBG from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis. Communities can apply to use those funds for the planning and construction of projects that:

-Benefit low and moderate-income persons.
-Prevent or eliminate slum or blight conditions.
-Solve catastrophic health and safety threats.

If an applicant’s project meets both a CDBG national objective and other eligibility requirements, a completed application for the appropriate funding category is submitted to DED by a deadline.

Public Works:

Public Works projects include sewer and water systems, streets, sidewalks, fire stations and trucks, nonprofit daycare centers, senior centers, community centers, libraries, tornado shelters, removal of architectural barriers, parks, and other public infrastructure.

Public Works Overview:

These application guidelines are for all Public Works (PW) applications. Any eligible applicant must follow the instructions and information within this Chapter in order to apply for any PW resources.

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.

Eligible Activities:

The following activities are eligible within the PW Category. Where any activity is not identified among the list below, please consult the Program Representative.

Facilities :
-Community Centers
-Senior Centers exclusively for persons aged 62 and over
-Nonprofit centers for daycare, dependent care, primary health, and mental health care outpatient clinics, excluding shelters defined as: hospitals, nursing homes, convalescent homes, battered spouse shelters, shelters for the homeless, halfway houses, group homes, temporary housing;
-Remodel shelter facilities for the homeless (excludes costs for operation)
-Accredited public libraries
-Neighborhood parks: a new facility/improvement or a quantifiable increase of an existing facility/improvement;
-Single- or multi-service fire/rescue buildings. Fire trucks are specifically considered “public facilities” and thus eligible;
-Removal of architectural barriers for accessibility; and
-Tornado-safe shelters in manufactured home parks—containing not less than 20 manufactured housing units that are within such proximity of shelter to be of use in a tornado.

Infrastructure:
-Street improvements including curb, gutter, and sidewalk;
-Storm sewer improvements;
-Flood control designed to influence or affect the flow in a natural water course such as a river, stream, or lake;
-Removal of architectural barriers for accessibility; and
-Drainage improvements (e.g. retention ponds or catch basins).

CDBG National Objective:

All CDBG-funded project activities (including matching funds) must meet a National Objective of the CDBG Program. A project or project activity that fails to meet a national objective is ineligible for CDBG resources. These national objectives are briefly described below:

-Benefitting low- to moderate-income persons (LMI), including: on an area basis (LMA); serving a limited clientele (LMC).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181203

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount for PW activities is up to $350,000 exclusive of supporting project and general administration costs.

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

Funding Limits:
-Project Costs: $350,000
-General Administration: 10% of Project Costs, not to exceed $25,000
-Construction Management: $10,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Every Nebraska county or incorporated municipality not designated as CDBG Entitlement Community is eligible to apply with DED. The CDBG Entitlement Communities, Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue, and Grand Island, are the administrators of the CDBG program in their areas.

Pre-Application Information:

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 benefitting a substantial majority of the LMI persons or families residing within the service area during the grant award period.

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

Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for State CDBG Programs:
https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/2179/guide-national-objectives-eligible-activities-state-cdbg-programs/

Contact Information:

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

Rebecca Schademann
Phone: 1 (402) 471-3172 (or) / (800) 426-6505
Fax: (402) 471-8405
rebecca.schademann@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Housing and Community Development Division
PO Box 94666
Lincoln NE 68509-4666

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska: Statewide, excluding Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue, and Grand Island