DED Announces CDBG Planning Grant Recipients for 2020

Published on November 24, 2020

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has selected 14 communities to receive Planning grants under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for 2020. The awards total $510,985.

CDBG is a federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program administered by DED on behalf of Nebraska’s non-entitlement communities (i.e., communities other than Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue or Grand Island). CDBG funding exists to help communities achieve local goals and address challenges, from economic development to public health and safety improvements. The primary objectives of the program — and criteria that all awarded projects must address — are to benefit low-to-moderate income persons, prevent or eliminate slum and blight conditions, or solve catastrophic health and safety threats.

DED currently administers nine CDBG funding opportunities. Planning grants are meant to help communities prepare to execute on impactful projects that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of residents — particularly low- and moderate-income households and/or the elderly, disabled or vulnerable.

A list of this year’s Planning recipients is found below. For more information about the CDBG program, including eligibility, funding descriptions, application dates and how to apply, visit https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/program/community-development-block-grant/. For questions, contact Steve Charleston at steve.charleston@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3757.

2020 CDBG Planning Recipients, Nebraska Non-Entitlement Communities

  • Arapahoe: $43,000 (Downtown Revitalization Study)
  • Bee: $23,100 (Storm Drainage and Flood Study)
  • Big Springs: $22,010 (Zoning and Plan Study)
  • Brownville: $53,000 (Riverfront Recreational Plan)
  • Cozad: $50,000 (Economic Development Study)
  • Craig: $22,000 (Street and Infrastructure Map Study)
  • Deshler: $27,000 (Commercial and Sidewalk Study)
  • Ewing: $30,800 (Community Strategic Plan)
  • McCool Junction: $53,000 (Comprehensive Development Plan)
  • Milford: $53,000 (Downtown Revitalization Study)
  • Mullen: $22,000 (Stormwater Drainage Study)
  • Superior: $53,000 (Recreational Master Plan)
  • Weeping Water: $36,075 (Comprehensive Development Plan)
  • Yutan: $23,000 (Downtown Revitalization Study)

Full article: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/ded-announces-cdbg-planning-grant-recipients-for-2020/

DED Announces CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Recipients for 2020

Published on November 17, 2020

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has selected nine communities as recipients under the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation funding opportunity of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for 2020. The awards total $4,067,000.

A federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, administered by DED on behalf of Nebraska’s non-entitlement communities (i.e., communities other than Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue or Grand Island), CDBG funding helps communities surmount financial obstacles to achieve local goals, from housing and economic development to public health and safety improvements.

“CDBG can help our communities obtain financing to meet their challenges and pursue opportunities head-on,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins. “Our Department is proud to administer CDBG funding on behalf of our cities, towns and villages throughout the state.”

DED currently administers nine CDBG funding opportunities, all matched with the core objectives of benefitting low-to-moderate income persons, preventing or eliminating slum and blight conditions, or solving catastrophic health and safety threats. Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation enables communities to make substantial repairs and improvements to homes on behalf of low- and moderate-income households; ultimately, these repairs — which can range from new siding or roofing to electrical updates, energy efficient windows and everything in-between — not only impact the lives of individuals and families, but can transform the appearance and vitality of entire neighborhoods.

A list of this year’s Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation recipients is found below. For more information about the CDBG program, including eligibility, funding descriptions, application dates and how to apply, visit https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/program/community-development-block-grant/. For questions, contact Steve Charleston at steve.charleston@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3757.

2020 CDBG Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Recipients, Nebraska Non-Entitlement Communities

  • Cook: $315,000
  • Deshler: $315,000
  • Falls City: $547,000
  • Jansen: $315,000
  • Morrill: $462,500
  • Scottsbluff: $732,500
  • South Sioux City: $750,000
  • Sterling: $315,000
  • Tecumseh: $315,000

Total: $4,067,000

DED Announces CDBG Public Works Funding Recipients for 2020

Published on November 4, 2020

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has selected nine community applicants to receive funding under the Public Works opportunity of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for 2020. The awards total $3,887,848.

CDBG is a federal program provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and administered by DED on behalf of Nebraska’s non-entitlement communities (i.e., communities other than Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue or Grand Island). CDBG provides flexible funding to help communities nationwide tackle local objectives — from housing rehabilitation, to tourism development, to public works improvements and more.

“CDBG can help our communities obtain financing to meet their challenges head-on,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins. “It can also be a launchpad for local projects that need assistance getting off the ground. Our Department is proud to administer CDBG funding on behalf of our cities, towns and villages throughout the state.”

DED currently administers nine CDBG funding opportunities. Public Works can support a wide array of activities ranging from sewer and water system projects to fire stations and trucks, daycare and senior centers, community centers, parks and tornado shelters — and much more. What all CDBG funding opportunities in Nebraska have in common is their alignment with one or more core objectives; namely, that of benefitting low-to-moderate income persons, preventing or eliminating slum and blight conditions, or solving catastrophic health and safety threats.

DED received 16 applications for CDBG Public Works funding in 2020. Each of the selected recipients have demonstrated a solid approach to community development within their project designs, while showing that by way of collaboration, much-needed local facility and infrastructure improvements can be achieved.

A list of this year’s Public Works recipients is found below. For more information about the CDBG program, including eligibility, funding descriptions, application dates and how to apply, visit https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/program/community-development-block-grant/. For more information, contact Steve Charleston at steve.charleston@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3757.

2020 CDBG Public Works Funding Recipients, Nebraska Non-Entitlement Communities

  • Elm Creek: $435,000 (street improvements)
  • Hastings: $435,000 (sidewalks)
  • Humboldt: $435,000 (neighborhood facilities)
  • Milligan: $407,848 (street improvements)
  • Morrill: $435,000 (water/sewer improvements)
  • Peru: $435,000 (street improvements)
  • Superior: $435,000 (sidewalks)
  • Winnebago: $435,000 (street improvements)
  • Wymore: $435,000 (street improvements)

Total: $3,887,848