Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED)
Grants to Nebraska counties and incorporated municipalities, excluding Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, and Bellevue, for neighborhood development projects. Funding is available for both project planning and implementation. Emphasis is placed on projects that benefit low and moderate-income communities, address health and safety hazards, and prevent or eliminate slum or blight conditions.
Community Development Block Grant:
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.
The purpose of the CD Category is to provide flexible investments in housing and infrastructure to carry out a comprehensive strategy of revitalization to stabilize, support, and enhance clearly defined residential neighborhoods with concentrations of persons with lower incomes. The focus is to foster a greater capacity for local community and economic development initiatives to carry out an enhanced and stable comprehensive revitalization strategy principally benefitting low- and moderate-income residents of the community.
The CD Category combines the Comprehensive Revitalization (CR) and Comprehensive Investment & Stabilization (CIS) into a single, competitive program. Any community with a population of 5,000 or greater may apply for CD Phase I. To be eligible for Phase II funding, the applicant must have received a Phase I grant. Activities funded within the CD Category include those identified as State CDBG Priorities in the Housing, Public Works, Planning, and Downtown Revitalization program categories. Applicant must have received Phase II Year 1 award to apply for Year 2.
For the current program year, CD resources are only available to those communities previously selected for Phase I and Phase II Year 1; this includes Columbus, Fremont, Kearney, Nebraska City, Norfolk, Wayne, and York. Phase II Year 1 grants should be in good standing to be considered for Year 2. Target areas are identified within Phase I and carried through Phase II. For the current program year, activities must meet the primary national objective of benefiting low- and moderate-income persons.
The primary objective of the CDBG Program involves the “development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, particularly for low- and moderate-income persons,” meeting the LMI National Objective. Eligible activities are those identified as State Priorities in the Housing, Public Works, Planning, and Downtown Revitalization categories. Based upon information gathering and planning processes, CD participants identify target area(s) for investment.
Activities must benefit the LMI persons within the neighborhoods. In addition, activities that are adjacent to the neighborhood sites or provide a clear benefit to the LMI persons in the neighborhoods identified for the program may also be eligible, but will depend on the nature of activities proposed. The proposed activities for the program may be broad in nature and should include both public- and private-funded activities. If any activity is not noted below, please consult the DED Primary Contact in order to determine if any other proposed activities are eligible for the CD category.
Phase I Predevelopment
-Neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic predevelopment studies;
-Functional or special predevelopment studies; and
-Analyses of impediments and barriers to fair housing choice.
Phase II Implementation
-Housing rehabilitation or homebuyer assistance programs;
-Neighborhood centers or senior centers of a single- or multi-purpose nature designed to provide public recreational and social activities;
-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;
-Accredited public libraries);
-Single- or multi-service fire/rescue buildings (fire trucks are considered eligible as public facilities);
-Removal of architectural barriers for accessibility;
-Water distribution system improvements (only where system service connections are or will be metered);
-Sanitary sewer collection system improvements (lines on private property are eligible under LMH national objective);
-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;
-Drainage improvements (e.g. retention ponds or catch basins);
-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);
-Neighborhood parks (anew facility/improvement or a quantifiable increase of an existing facility/improvement);
-Loans to businesses located in the designated downtown business district o for façade improvements and/or to improve deficiencies in meeting community codes;
-Historic restoration, rehabilitation, housing conversion of upper stories, and preservation for physical structures, and infrastructure in a defined downtown business district; and
-Acquisition, clearance, and code enforcement (NOTE: These activities may be undertaken when in support of the above mentioned activities)
GrantWatch ID#: 183900
The maximum grant amount for CD activities was $30,000 for Phase I (predevelopment), and was funded during the 2016 program year. Up to $780,000 for Phase II (implementation) with $350,000 being provided during the first year awards of implementation funding (Year 1) and $430,000 being provided for the second year of funding (Year 2), exclusive of supporting project and general administrative costs.
Typically, successful applicants complete their project within 24 months of an award.
Except as provided in Section 1.03 of the Application Guidelines, eligible applicants include communities with a population of 5,000 persons or greater and who are not a CDBG Entitlement Community (including Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and Grand Island). Any community with a population of 5,000 or greater may apply for CD Phase I. To be eligible for Phase II Year 1 funding, the applicant must have received a Phase I grant. To be eligible for Phase II Year 2 funding, the application must have received a Phase II Year 1 grant.
Recipients of CD resources are not required to use any of their award for General Administration, nor for either Construction Management or Housing management. With the exception of General Administration (0181), Construction Management (0380), and Housing Management (0580), all project costs require match and leverage as provided below.
Phase I - Predevelopment:
-Match: 25%; and Leverage 25%
Phase II - Implementation:
-Match: 25%; and Leverage 25%; OR
-March 50%; and Leverage 0%
Phase I and Phase II Year 1 are closed in this 2018 program year. Applications for Phase II Year 2 will be accepted as shown in the table below based on US Postal Service postmark date or date of delivery by other means. Upon completion of this round and at its discretion, the Department may announce another round of CD commencing with predevelopment applications.
The upcoming deadline of September 15, 2018 is for Year 2 applications. The anticipated award date is Winter 2019/2019.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Steve Charleston, Director of Housing & Community Development
Jenny B. Mason
Phone: 1 (402) 471-6280 (or) 1 (800) 426-6505
Fax: (402) 471-840
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Housing and Community Development Division
PO Box 94666, Lincoln NE 68509-4666
USA: Nebraska: Statewide, excluding Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue, and Grand Island