Civic and Community Center Financing Fund

The Civic and Community Center Financing Fund is a state of Nebraska program designed to promote quality of life in communities through the development or renovation of community and recreation centers. Community centers may be either indoors or outdoor community facilities that serve the whole community.  Municipalities are eligible to apply. In some cases, a non-profit collaborating with a municipality may be eligible. Funding is available for planning and construction of facilities that contribute to quality of life and place-making; for example, the development, rehabilitation, renovation, or rpurposing of facilities used primarily as recreation centers, community centers, auditoriums, etc. Also eligible are improvements or expansions to public parks, and the development of public spaces for community gatherings, entertainment and events.

Letters of interest are due by January 15, 2019 with full applications due February 15, 2019.

More information about the CCCFF program, including instructions on how to apply for funding, can be found on the DED website at: Or, contact Jenny B. Mason, CCCFF Coordinator, at 402-471-6280 or


Local Foods , Local Places- Technical Assistance Grant

Federal agency partners invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through development of local food systems. To date, 94 communities have benefited from assistance with support from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Delta Regional Authority, among others. In 2018, the Northern Border Regional Commission will join as a program sponsor.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States.

Greener Towns Program- Statewide Arboretum

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum can help fund landscape projects for a better quality of life. Priorities for funding are landscaping projects in ‘people-oriented places’, trees and gardens that thrive on less water and energy, and diverse habitat for wildlife and beneficial insects. The grant provides $1,000-$20,000 with a 1:1 match (match can include in-kind). Applications open July 1 and are due September 30, 2018. Go to the Statewide Arboretum Website for more information at under ‘community landscapes’ and ‘project funding’.

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