The State of Nebraska will hold a public comment period and host a virtual public hearing to discuss substantial amendments to its 2019 Annual Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan. These amendments are being proposed in order to incorporate funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act; specifically, the funding falls under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) and Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus Response (ESG-CV) programs.

Both amendments will be available electronically for review and public comment from October 19, 2020, through October 23, 2020 (see below for how to submit a public comment).

HUD has allocated $14,130,912 for CDBG-CV under the CARES Act. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is responsible for administering CDBG-CV funds on behalf of the State. The purpose of the amendment under discussion is to incorporate clarification from the Federal Register, and to include a new method of distribution known as Coronavirus Related Emergency Payments. Refer to the draft 2019 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment – Proposed October 2020 to review this information; this document can be found at starting October 16. Updates from the previous version have been highlighted.

This substantial amendment also notifies the public on the manner in which $8,170,364 in ESG-CV funding was awarded to subrecipients; this complies with CPD Notice 20-08: Waivers and Alternative Requirements for the ESG Program Under the CARES Act.

The State will host a virtual public hearing to discuss these amendments on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. CDT/1:00 p.m. MDT. To participate, please register at

Public comments regarding the proposed amendments must be received by DED no later than October 23 at 6:00 p.m. CDT/5:00 p.m. MDT. Mail written comments to: Nebraska Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666. Or email comments to with the subject line “2019 AAP Substantial Amendment.”

Individuals requiring sensory accommodations, including interpreter services, Braille, large print or recorded materials, should contact Rebecca Schademann at 402-471-3172 or

Los individuos que no hablan inglés y los individuos con discapacidad podrán solicitor ayuda y servicios necesarios para contactar el Departamento de Desarrollo Economico, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4666, o