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Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF)


As announced during the second webinar in support of the upcoming CCCFF 2024 Application Cycle on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, all 2024 CCCFF Applicants should use the Grant Maximum Schedule B. All applications submitted in 2024 must partner with a Certified Creative District. For more information, please see the Application & Program Guidelines.

Through the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF), the State of Nebraska awards funding to municipalities and tribal governments to support an array of project types that promote economic opportunity and a higher quality of life.

Administered by the Department of Economic Development, CCCFF grants are awarded annually to eligible entities on a competitive basis for the planning and construction of civic, community, and recreation centers.

What Can CCCFF Grants Be Used for?

CCCFF Capital Construction grants can be used to build 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. CCCFF Planning grants can be used for preliminary planning efforts related to the development or rehabilitation of eligible projects.

CCCFF eligible projects must be open to the public and located within the official boundaries of the applicant community. Successful applications demonstrate substantial community support, as well as a project that enhances local quality of life. Projects are owned by the eligible entity, with some limited provisions for shared ownership by a municipality and eligible political subdivision.

A CCCFF grant cannot account for more than 50% of a project’s total costs. Minimum local cost-share is 1:1. 

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Nebraska municipalities, including rural cities and villages, and tribal governments may apply for CCCFF grants. Ineligible are the cities of Omaha and Lincoln, or other municipalities that have received assistance under the Convention Center Facility Financing Assistance Act. Additionally, projects receiving state assistance via the Sports Arena Facility Financing Assistance Act, which includes facilities in Ralston and Kearney, may not also receive state assistance via CCCFF.

For more information on applicant or project eligibility, please consult the CCCFF Application & Program Guidelines.

How to Apply

To be considered, applicants must meet eligibility requirements and submit their proposal via the application portal. Applicants must submit a pre-application (Letter of Intent) and a full application, both of which must be submitted no later than the date identified below. 

The CCCFF program operates on an annual cycle.

Application Cycle/Grant Schedule

Letter of Intent/Pre-Application Due Date: January 15
Full Application Due Date: February 15
Anticipated Award Date: March 30
Contract Term: Two Years

Pre-Application/Letter of Intent (2024)

Grants to municipalities and tribal governments in support of civic, community, and recreation centers.

Pre-Application Period Opens: January 1, 2024

Pre-Application Period Closes: January 15, 2024

Full Application (2024)

Grants to municipalities and tribal governments in support of civic, community, and recreation centers.

Full Application Opens: January 15, 2024

Full Application Closes: February 15, 2024

Program Resources

Grant Management Resources

This page will provide technical assistance on using AmpliFund to apply for and manage grants awarded by DED.

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Susan Nickerson

CCCFF Program Coordinator