$155,500 awarded for planning projects

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$155,500 awarded for planning projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $155,500 in 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) second cycle Planning funding to seven communities with ongoing planning efforts.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $155,500 in 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) second cycle Planning funding to seven communities with ongoing planning efforts.

The communities receiving planning grants are:

  • Duncan—$25,800 to develop a utility planning report
  • Upland —$21,500 to develop a water study
  • Hubbell—$21,500 to develop a water system pre-engineering report
  • Hardy—$15,900 to develop a wastewater study
  • Blue Hill—$22,600 to develop a Comprehensive Plan
  • Wilcox—$22,600 to develop a Comprehensive Plan and Zoning update
  • Brady—$25,600 to develop a master drainage plan

The grants are part of Nebraska’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These awards mark the end of the second cycle of funding for planning projects from DED’s 2013 CDBG allocations. Applications for the third, open cycle are now being accepted until April 10, 2014 or until 2013 allocated funds are depleted.

Up to $30,000 is available for communities and as much as $50,000 is available for multi-communities, counties, or regional applicants.

Planning activities that are considered for funding include community strategic planning, such as environmental assessments, citizen participation, downtown revitalization, and fiscal management. Analyses of impediments and barriers to fair housing choices may qualify, as do neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic development plans.

Also considered are functional or special studies for housing, infrastructure, community economic development, land use/regulatory measure, main street improvement districts, downtown revitalization, energy conservation and transportation.

In addition, environmental, heritage tourism, and historic preservation studies, and pre-engineering studies for publicly-owned water/wastewater projects may qualify.

For information, contact Kevin Andersen at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3775, or kevin.s.andersen@nebraska.gov .

CONTACT Patty Wood at 800-426-6505, 402-471-1559 or patty.wood@nebraska.gov