The federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program provides funding for community and economic development projects to encourage additional federal, state, and private resources. Communities receiving CDBG funds use those grants to provide safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) administers the CDBG program for most of the state. Due to population size, some cities in Nebraska are the administrators of the CDBG program in their communities. DED receives federal funds for CDBG from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis. Communities can apply to use those funds for the planning and construction of projects that:
- Benefit low and moderate-income persons.
- Prevent or eliminate slum or blight conditions.
- Solve catastrophic health and safety threats.
Is my community eligible?
Every Nebraska county or incorporated municipality not designated as CDBG Entitlement Community is eligible to apply with DED. The CDBG Entitlement Communities, Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue, and Grand Island, are the administrators of the CDBG program in their areas. Based on the category of CDBG funding requested, these general rules on eligibility can differ. Refer to the CDBG Application Guidelines for more detailed information regarding eligibility.
How can my community apply?
If an applicant’s project meets both a CDBG national objective and other eligibility requirements, a completed application for the appropriate funding opportunity is submitted to DED by a deadline. Applicants submit their proposals via an application portal. Once the application portal becomes available, links to each open funding opportunity will be listed below. Typically, successful applicants complete their project within 24 months of an award.
CDBG Funding Opportunities & Application Deadlines
Involves revitalization efforts located within the downtown business district, including streets, sewer, and water systems, historic restoration, removal of architectural barriers, and/or loans to business for façade improvements, signage, and/or to meet community codes.
Application Deadlines: September 15, 2021
Studies, analysis, data gathering, identification of implementation action, and preparation of plans – such as Housing studies, Comprehensive plans, Downtown Revitalization Plans, Historic Preservation studies.
Application Deadlines: September 1, 2021
Sewer and water systems, streets, sidewalks, fire stations & trucks, non-profit daycare centers, senior centers, community centers, libraries, tornado shelters, removal of architectural barriers, parks, and other public infrastructure.
Application Deadlines: August 15, 2021
Historic restorations; scientific and educational interpretive sites; cultural and heritage recreational sites/facilities; removal of architectural barriers that restrict mobility and accessibility to sites/facilities. Funding is for tourist attractions expected to draw 2,500 visits annually.
Application Deadlines: Open Cycle, begins July 1
Youth Job Training
In collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Labor and the Nebraska Jobs of America’s Graduates (JAG) Program, the Department makes funding available to further expand the available employment and education opportunities for “at risk” youth.
Application Deadlines: Open Cycle, begins July 1
In order to be eligible for CDBG funds, the project must meet a national objective. For more information, review Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for State CDBG Programs.
Benefit Low and Moderate Income Persons
- Area Benefit: Benefits are available to all the residents in a particular service area, where at least 51% of the residents are LMI persons. There are two ways to qualify for this:
- ACS (American Community Survey) 5-Year Low-and Moderate-Income Summary Data: If the listed community/county has a low- and moderate-income percentage over 51%, that community/county is eligible to apply.
- If your community/county does not have a percentage over 51%, an income survey may be conducted.
- Limited Clientele: A Limited Clientele activity benefits a specific group of people (rather than all the residents in a particular area), at least 51% of whom are LMI persons.
- Housing: Income based, the resident that will benefit from the housing activity must be a LMI person.
- Jobs: Created/retained jobs, of which 51% or more are provided to LMI persons.
Aid in the Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight: Focuses on activities that create a change to the physical environment of a deteriorating area. There are two ways to qualify for this national objective. The applicant community must officially designate the project’s target area.
- Area Basis
- Spot Basis
Urgent Need: Use of this national objective category is extremely rare. It is designed only for activities that alleviate emergency conditions. Consult with a program representative.
2021 CDBG Application Guidelines
2021 CDBG Application Guidelines (06/14/2021)
To help grantees administer their grants, Nebraska Department of Economic Development created the Nebraska Community Development Block Grant Administration Manual. This manual contains all of the guidelines essential for carrying out a successful Nebraska CDBG project and is available for download by chapter. The Department will notify the public of any new requirements through the issuance of a Policy Memo upon receipt of additional clarification.
CDBG Administration Manual
CDBG Policy Memos
CDBG Full Certification
- Webinar 1: National Objectives – PowerPoint | Recording
- Webinar 2: Procurement – PowerPoint | Recording
- Webinar 3: Program Guidelines – PowerPoint | Recording
- Webinar 4: Environmental Review – PowerPoint | Recording
- Webinar 5: Financial & Program Income – PowerPoint | Recording
- Webinar 6: Labor Standards – PowerPoint | Recording
- Webinar 7: Reporting – PowerPoint | Recording
Contract Special Conditions Forms & Templates
Performance of CDBG Contract Forms & Templates
Reporting Forms & Templates
Environmental Review Record Forms by Level of Review
Categorically Excluded Not Subject To (CENST)
Categorically Excluded Subject To (CEST)
Environmental Assessment (EA)
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Contact your Program Representative.
What is CDBG-CV Funding?
DED will administer multiple allocations of federal Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding to assist in community-level recovery, prevention, and preparation efforts relating to the coronavirus.
This funding was allocated to the State by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136). The CARES Act created supplemental CDBG funding in 2020. The CARES Act identified the CDBG coronavirus response (CDBG-CV) funds to be made available through the CDBG program.
All CDBG-CV funds must be expended by June 2023. For more information, reference the Federal Register, FR-6218-N-01.
Usage of the first allocation of funds include availability of funding to units of local government (UGLG) for public services (e.g., meals on wheels programs, employment training, assistance to food banks, health services, etc.), public facilities and infrastructure, and direct assistance to businesses that provide essential goods and services. UGLGs may apply for funding through the CDBG Emergent Threat funding opportunity.
The second allocation, currently under development, may involve unrelated activities, and information will be released by DED at a later date.
A third allocation is anticipated to be distributed by HUD to states and units of local government on a rolling basis, at the discretion of the HUD Secretary, with formula factors to be defined by HUD. It is uncertain whether the State of Nebraska will receive a portion of this allocation.
What Can the Funding be Used For?
CDBG-CV funding is reserved for use in preventing, preparing for, and/or responding to the outbreak of coronavirus in Nebraska. As with all CDBG program dollars, funding must also primarily address the unique needs of low- and moderate-income persons (i.e., persons with less than 80% area median income).
Importantly, the CARES Act requires compliance with Stafford Act, i.e., funding is subject to the Duplication of Benefits (DOB) test. And, to the greatest extent feasible, CDBG funds are to be used as gap financing; this implies that other local, state, and federal funds will be invested in the project. Duplication of benefits is not allowable.
What is a Duplication of Benefit?
Federal disaster law prohibits the provision of federal assistance in excess of need. A duplication of benefit (DOB) is the receipt of funding from multiple sources for the same purpose. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Act (Stafford Act) prohibits any person, business concern or other entity from receiving financial assistance from CDBG-CV funding with respect to any part of the loss resulting from a major disaster as to which he/she has already received financial assistance under any other program or from insurance or any other sources. It is an amount determined by the program that may result in the reduction of an award value or require repayment of grant funds disbursed.
- HUD Exchange, CDBG-CV Program Page, https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/cdbg-cv/
- HUD Exchange, CDBG Covid-19 Resource Page, hudexchange.info/programs/cdbg/disease
- HUD Exchange, CDBG-CV Federal Register (FR-6218-N-01), hudexchange.info/resource/6113/fr-6218-n-01-notice-of-program-rules-waivers-alt-requirements-under-cares-act-cdbg/
- HUD Exchange, Notice CPD 20-07: Guidance on Conducting Environmental Reviews Pursuant to 24 CFR 58 for Activities Undertaken in Response to the Public Health Emergency as a Result of COVID-19, www.hudexchange.info/resource/6112/notice-cpd2007-guidance-on-conducting-environmental-review-pursuant-to-24-cfr-58-for-activities-undertaken-in-response-to-covid19/
- HUD Exchange, State CDBG-CV Implementation Quick Guide, https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/6316/state-cdbg-cv-implementation-quick-guide/
- DED CDBG Business Loans, opportunity.nebraska.gov/nded-covid19/#CDBG