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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Downtown Revitalization (DTR)

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Funding Source:

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED)

Conf. Date:

06/15/22

Deadline Date:

09/15/22 11:59 PM Central Standard Time

Description:

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Grants to Nebraska qualifying municipalities to support the development of local business areas. Funding is intended to support the implementation of projects that will restore or revitalize downtown infrastructure, address safety and health concerns, and develop the capacity for commercial growth. Funded activities must meet the national objective of benefitting low- and moderate-income persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Eligible applicants include Nebraska incorporated municipalities with a population of less than 50,000 that are not classified as a CDBG Entitlement Community.

CDBG funds can be utilized for downtown revitalization projects. The purpose of the Downtown Revitalization (DTR) Opportunity is to leverage investments that will contribute to the revitalization or redevelopment of downtown infrastructure and develop a greater capacity for growth, addressing health and safety concerns and commercial revitalization within the traditional business centers of Nebraska communities. This provides a sound basis for fostering local economic development through public and private sector partnerships. This recognizes the importance of the condition and viability of a downtown to increase the community’s tax base and cultivates a tangible center for community activity. These projects directly relate to business retention, expansion, and location decisions, but also address public gathering space, recognizing that downtowns reflect the economic core and persona of our communities.

Activities assist communities in their implementation of comprehensive downtown revitalization plan to stabilize and enhance clearly defined downtown areas, providing benefit to low- and moderate-income residents of the community or aid in the elimination of substandard or blighted structures and areas in the downtown.

DTR resources are for implementation of the project (i.e., physical improvements to the built environment); such funds become available to the applicant upon successful completion of the requirements of a downtown revitalization predevelopment/planning study. Because responsible, intelligent implementation arises from well-informed planning processes, applicant must make available their DTR study prior to, or along with the application for DTR resources. Use of CDBG resources for planning activities is not required to access DTR resources.

The primary objective for the CDBG program is benefit to low- and moderate-income communities; therefore, priority is given to projects meeting the primary national objective of benefiting low- and moderate-income persons. Activities proposed in applications for CDBG funding in the DTR Opportunity must meet the national objective of benefitting low- and moderate-income persons (through the subcategories LMI Area Benefit and/or, LMI Limited Clientele) or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight on an area (SBA). 

For a list of priority activities, see https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-Application-Guidelines_20220613_Final.pdf#page=32.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181548

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$435,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum CDBG Project Costs: $250,000
- Maximum CDBG Project Costs: $400,000
- General Administration: 10% of CDBG Project Costs not to exceed $25,000
- Construction Management: $10,000

Term of Contract:

All applications awarded funding have 30 months from the Notification of Award letter to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only incorporated municipalities are eligible to apply. Only individual type of applicants are eligible to apply. Except as provided in Part II. Section 1.03, an eligible municipality may apply only for projects within its corporate limits.

Except as provided in Part II. Section 1.03, eligible applicants include every Nebraska incorporated municipality with a population of less than 50,000 and are not classified as a CDBG Entitlement Community. (The CDBG Entitlement Communities of Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue and Grand Island administer the program in their own areas.)

For further information about applicant requirements, please see Special Policies for Applicants at https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-Application-Guidelines_20220613_Final.pdf#page=5.

For ineligible activities, see https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-Application-Guidelines_20220613_Final.pdf#page=18.

Pre-Application Information:

- Submission Open Date: 6/13/2022 8:00 AM Central Standard Time
- Submission Close Date: 9/15/2022 11:59 PM Central Standard Time

Applicants must include within the application the following documentation:
a) Proof of Secretary of State Registration
b) System for Awards Management (SAM), https://www.sam.gov/SAM/
c) Agreement

A 25% match is required.

About the CDBG program: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/community/cdbg/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://ne.amplifund.com/account/login.aspx?returnUrl=%2FPublic%2FOpportunities%2FApply%2F08750906-88d5-4992-aa77-6c6f186cb5c0

Questions may be directed to:
Steve Charleston,CDBG Manager
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
P.O. 94666
Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
(402) 471-3757

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