$98,500 awarded for planning projects

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$98,500 awarded for planning projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $98,500 in 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) second cycle Planning funding to four communities with ongoing planning efforts.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $98,500 in 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) second cycle Planning funding to four communities with ongoing planning efforts.

The grants are all 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 communities receiving planning grants are:

  • Chester – $19,000 to develop a utility planning study
  • Madison – $30,000 to develop a study for an industrial park and master plan
  • Pleasanton – $30,000 to develop a study on the water systems
  • Walthill – $19,500 to develop a study on comprehensive planning and housing

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 the 2012 CDBG allocations. Applications for a third cycle are currently being accepted.

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 .

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