$229,200 awarded to eight communities for ongoing comprehensive development projects

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$229,200 awarded to eight communities for ongoing comprehensive development projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $229,200 in 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in the Comprehensive Development Category to the communities of Columbus, Fremont, Kearney, Nebraska City, Norfolk, Scottsbluff, Wayne, and York for ongoing efforts. These awards are part of a two phased approach to make available flexible investments in housing and infrastructure to assist in the carrying out of a comprehensive revitalization strategy to stabilize, support, and enhance clearly defined residential neighborhoods with concentrations of persons with low- and moderate-incomes.

DECEMBER 14, 2016 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $229,200 in 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in the Comprehensive Development Category to the communities of Columbus, Fremont, Kearney, Nebraska City, Norfolk, Scottsbluff, Wayne, and York for ongoing efforts. These awards are part of a two phased approach to make available flexible investments in housing and infrastructure to assist in the carrying out of a comprehensive revitalization strategy to stabilize, support, and enhance clearly defined residential neighborhoods with concentrations of persons with low- and moderate-incomes.

 

2016 Comprehensive Development (CD) Category Phase I Pre-development

 Community Award Local Match Local Leverage Total Investment
 Columbus  $26,400  $12,600   $12,600  $51,600
 Fremont $ 30,000 $9,000  $9,000 $48,000
 Kearney $ 30,000 $9,000  $9,000 $48,000
 Nebraska City  $ 30,000 $15,000  $9,000 $54,000
Norfolk  $26,400 $12,600  $120,000 $159,000
Scottsbluff $30,000 $9,000  $50,000 $89,000
Wayne $26,400 $12,600  $12,600 $51,600
York $30,000  $15,000  $15,000 $60,000
Total: $229,200  $94,800  $237,200 $561,200

 

Communities submitted applications to further assess and evaluate housing and public works activities benefitting low- and moderate-income persons in targeted neighborhoods. The intent of this category is a comprehensive neighborhood-based approach to enhance and expand the impact of existing and new partnerships towards community development and revitalization. Resident and stakeholder engagement is the foundation of a comprehensive development effort. Phase I is a pre-development planning stage and is required to access Phase II implementation funds. The maximum available award under Phase I is $30,000. Phase II is expected to be highly competitive as it includes the possibility of a two-year funding maximum allocation of $350,000 each year for those qualifying communities. Phase II applications will be accepted in 2017.

The money is part of Nebraska’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds are administered by DED. The focus is to foster a greater capacity for local community and economic development initiatives that will carry out an enhanced and stable comprehensive revitalization strategy principally benefiting low/moderate income residents of the community. Under the CD category, eligible applicants include communities with a population of 5,000 persons or greater and who are not a CDBG Entitlement Community.

Activities funded within the CD Program Category include those identified as State CDBG Priorities in the Housing, Public Works, and Planning Program Categories. Matching funds include cash contributions from the community, or other partners. Leveraged funds include a variety of resources (cash and/or in kind contributions). Proposed match and leverage must be from CDBG eligible activities directly related to the proposed project(s) in the same neighborhood or directly benefiting a substantial majority of the LMI persons or families residing within the neighborhood during the grant award period.

For information about CDBG planning grants, contact Jenny B. Mason at 800-426-6505, 402-471-6280 or jenny.mason@nebraska.gov
Media Contact Kate Ellingson at 1-800-426-6505, 1-402-471-3749 or email kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov