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Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF)

We support the development of civic, community, and recreation centers by offering grants to Nebraska municipalities.

Attention! Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, eligible activities under the CCCFF 2021 Application Cycle have changed. Please see the COVID-19 Fact Sheet and FAQ found on this page below. Contact Jenny Mason at with questions.

We support the development of civic, community, and recreation centers by offering grants annually to Nebraska municipalities.

The Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF) grants are awarded to municipalities and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to encourage and foster quality of life in our communities. CCCFF grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis.

What Can CCCFF Grants Be Used for?

A CCCFF grant may be used to construct and/or improve community facilities such as libraries, recreation and wellness centers, gathering spaces, convention centers, town squares, and cultural centers. Projects may include the conversion, rehabilitation, or reuse of historic buildings. The grant may also be used for preliminary planning related to the development or rehabilitation of eligible projects.

Projects must be open to the public and located within the official boundaries of the applicant community. Successful projects should demonstrate substantial community support as well as enhance the quality of life within the community. Projects are owned by the municipality with some limited provisions for shared ownership by an eligible political subdivision.

A CCCFF grant cannot account for more than 50% of the total project costs. And, at a minimum, local cost-share is 1:1.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Nebraska municipalities, including rural cities and villages, may apply. Not eligible are the cities of Omaha and Lincoln, or other municipalities that have received assistance under the Convention Center Facility Financing Assistance Act or the Sports Arena Facility Financial Assistance Act, which includes Ralston. For more information on the eligibility of applicants or projects, please consult the CCCFF application and program guidelines.

How to Apply

To be considered, applicants must meet eligibility requirements, provide a letter of intent, and submit their proposal via the application portal. Letters of intent must be signed by the chief elected official and received by DED no later than the date identified below.

The CCCFF program operates on an annual cycle.

Grant Schedule

Letter of Intent Due Date: January 15, 2021
Application Due Date: February 15, 2021
Anticipated Award Date: March 30, 2021
Contract Term: Two Years

Need help with CCCFF grants?

Jenny B. Mason

CCCFF Program Coordinator