The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced the City of Crawford as the latest recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding under the program’s Water/Wastewater category. This announcement marks the sixth and final award in this funding category made under the 2019 program cycle.
Crawford will receive $435,000 — complementing a $1.18 million grant and loan through the USDA’s Rural Development Program — to make improvements to its water system including the replacement of undersized distribution mains, hydrants and valves. These improvements will not only enhance the overall efficiency and long-term viability of the system, but will provide adequate water flow for local fire protection.
In all, DED has now awarded $2,337,905 under the CDBG Water/Wastewater category for program year 2019.
“The Department is privileged to administer federal CDBG funding across Nebraska, which helps our communities address local needs and achieve quality of life and economic development objectives,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins.
Previous awards in 2019 program year are as follows:
Administered by DED on behalf of the State to Nebraska’s non-entitlement communities, the flexible CDBG program provides funding for an array of activities intended to enhance communities’ vitality, solve health and safety threats and benefit vulnerable populations, among other objectives. Program categories available in 2020 include Downtown Revitalization; Economic Development; Emergent Threat; Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation; Planning; Public Works; Tourism Development; Youth Job Training and Water/Wastewater.
To learn more about the CDBG program, including how to apply under one of the multiple funding categories in 2020, visit https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/cdbg.