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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides funding for community and economic development projects in order to encourage additional federal, state and private resource investment. Communities receiving CDBG funds use the 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.

Funding & Deadlines

Program Resources

LMI
Data

Additional Resources

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 a CDBG Entitlement Community is eligible to apply for funding through DED. The CDBG Entitlement Communities of Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue and Grand Island administer the program in their own areas. Based on the category of CDBG funding requested, general rules regarding eligibility can differ; refer to the CDBG Application Guidelines for more detailed information on eligibility.

How can my community apply?
If an applicant’s project addresses a CDBG national objective and meets 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

2022 Applications

Economic Development

Loans to businesses or infrastructure construction projects undertaken for economic development purposes.

Application Deadlines: Open Cycle, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

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 available employment and education opportunities for at-risk youth.

Application Deadlines: Open Cycle, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Tourism Development

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, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Downtown Revitalization

Involves revitalization efforts located within the downtown business district, including street, 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, 2022

Planning

Supports project-related studies, data collection, paths to implementation, and the preparation of plans, such as housing studies, comprehensive plans, downtown revitalization plans and historic preservation studies.

Application Deadlines: September 15, 2022

Public Works - Facilities

Fire stations & trucks, non-profit daycare centers, senior centers, community centers, libraries, tornado shelters, removal of architectural barriers, parks

Application Deadlines: September 1, 2022

Public Works - Infrastructure

Sewer and water systems, drainage improvements, streets, sidewalks, removal of architectural barriers, and other public infrastructure.

Application Deadlines: September 1, 2022

Program Resources

AmpliFund

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

Plans and Reports

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s action plans, allocation plans, five-year strategic plan, annual performance reports, and citizen participation strategy. These items are made available to the public, the Nebraska Legislature, and the agency’s program sponsor – the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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.
      • CPD-14-013: Guidelines for Conducting Income Surveys to Determine the Percentage of Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Persons in the Service Area of a CDBG Funded Activity.
      • CPD-19-02: Low-and Moderate-Income Summary Data Updates
  • 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.

2022 CDBG Application Guidelines

2022 CDBG Application Guidelines 

Exhibit Guidance and Templates

TitleFile TypeDate Uploaded
Exhibit AWordJune 14, 2022
Exhibit BWordJanuary 25, 2022
Exhibit C1WordJanuary 25, 2022
Exhibit C2WordJanuary 25, 2022
Exhibit DWordJanuary 25, 2022
Exhibit E1-E2WordJanuary 25, 2022
Exhibit E3WordJune 14, 2022
Exhibit E4WordJanuary 25, 2022
Exhibit K1aWordJanuary 25, 2022
Exhibit K1bWordJune 14, 2022
Exhibit K2WordJune 15, 2022
Exhibit NPDFJune 14, 2022
Exhibit O1WordJune 14, 2022
Exhibit PWordJune 14, 2022
Exhibit RWordJune 14, 2022
Part 07 Program Income CertificationWordMay 20, 2022

 

CDBG 2022 Application Webinar Series

Webinar 1: CDBG Funding Opportunities, Deadlines, and Criteria

Webinar 2: CDBG Application Exhibits

Webinar 3: AmpliFund Application Walkthrough

To help grantees administer their grants, the 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.

List of Certified CDBG Grant Administrators
Upcoming Training for Grant Administrators

CDBG Administration Manual

TitleFile TypeDate Uploaded
0 CDBG Administration ManualPDFFebruary 10, 2022
00 Chapter 0: OverviewPDFJanuary 24, 2022
01 Chapter 1: Welcome to CDBGPDFJanuary 24, 2022
02 Chapter 2: Administrative OverviewPDFJanuary 24, 2022
03 Chapter 3: CDBG National Objectives and FundabilityPDFJanuary 24, 2022
04 Chapter 4: Developing Program GuidelinesPDFJanuary 24, 2022
05 Chapter 5: CDBG ContractPDFJanuary 24, 2022
06 Chapter 6: Environmental ReviewPDFJanuary 24, 2022
07 Chapter 7: ProcurementPDFJanuary 24, 2022
08 Chapter 8: Program IncomePDFJanuary 24, 2022
09 Chapter 9: Construction and Labor StandardPDFJanuary 24, 2022
10 Chapter 10: Property AcquisitionPDFJanuary 24, 2022
11 Chapter 11: RelocationPDFJanuary 24, 2022
12 Chapter 12: FinancialPDFJanuary 24, 2022
13 Chapter 13: Reporting RequirementsPDFJanuary 24, 2022
14 Chapter 14: MonitoringPDFJanuary 24, 2022
15 Chapter 15: AuditPDFJanuary 24, 2022
16 Chapter 16: CloseoutPDFJanuary 24, 2022
17 GlossaryPDFJanuary 24, 2022
18 Appendix Section-1PDFJanuary 24, 2022
19 Appendix Section-2PDFJanuary 24, 2022
20 Appendix Section-3PDFJanuary 24, 2022
21 Appendix Section-4PDFJanuary 24, 2022

 

CDBG Policy Memos

TitleFile TypeDate Uploaded
Policy Memo 10-01: Contract Special Condition: Affirmatively Further Fair Housing ActionJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 11-01: Information Required on Invoices for CDBG General AdministrationJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 12-01: Environmental Review Process for Projects Funded with Local CDBG Economic DevelopmentJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 12-02: Local CDBG Economic Development Revolving Loan Funds Policy and GuidanceJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 13-01: CDBG Financial Management Policy ChangeJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 13-02: System for Award Management (SAM)January 24, 2022
Policy Memo 13-03: CDBG Financial Management Policy ChangeJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 13-04: CDBG Labor Standards Policy Update – Clarification on Grantee Responsibilities Regarding Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) Liquidated DamagesJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 14-01: Sub Recipient Guidance on CDBG Limited English Proficiency Access RequirementsJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 14-02: System for Award Management (SAM) & Community Development Grant Policy UpdateJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 15-01: Draw Down Source Documentation for CDBG ProjectsJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 16-01, Revised: Recapture of Net Proceeds from Sale of Homebuyer and HomeownerJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 16-01: Recapture of Net Proceeds from Sale of Homebuyer and HomeownerJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 16-02: Construction ManagementJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 17-01: Semi-Annual Project Status and Compliance ReportJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 17-02: Drawdown Source Documentation for CDBG GrantsJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 18-02: SAM and Federal Debarment, Suspension, and IneligibilityJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 19-01: LMI Summary Data Updates, Including Income Survey Methodology and UseJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 19-03: CDBG Program Income-RLF Re-purposing Idle AccountsJanuary 24, 2022
Policy Memo 21-01: Section 3January 24, 2022
Policy Memo 21-02: Procurement and Conflict of InterestJanuary 24, 2022
Section 3 FAQJanuary 24, 2022

 

CDBG Full Certification

Environmental Review

  • Historical Preservation, Section 106 Webex (January 2020) – PowerPoint | Recording
  • Floodplain Management (February 2021) – PowerPoint | Recording
  • Environmental Review Record Reference Guide (July 2021) – PDF
  • Instructions for HUD Form 7015.15 (Request for Release of Funds and Certification) – PDF

Contract Special Conditions Forms & Templates

TitleFile TypeDate Uploaded
Authorization to Request Funds TemplateWordJanuary 25, 2022
CDBG Grantee Information SheetPDFJanuary 25, 2022
DED Rehab StandardsPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Excessive Force Certification TemplatePDFJanuary 25, 2022
Financial Management CertificationWordJanuary 25, 2022
Four Factor Analysis and Language Assistance Plan TemplatePDFJanuary 25, 2022
Procurement Standards and Code of Conduct TemplatePDFJanuary 25, 2022
Project Implementation Schedule TemplatePDFJanuary 25, 2022

 

Performance of CDBG Contract Forms & Templates

TitleFile TypeDate Uploaded
CDBG Request for FundsWordFebruary 24, 2022
CDBG Request for FundsPDFFebruary 24, 2022
Certification of Continued Environmental CompliancePDFJanuary 25, 2022
Contract Amendment Request FormPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Additional Classification and Rate Request FormPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Pre-Construction Conference TemplatePDFJanuary 25, 2022
Contract Award Notice (LSE 7) FormPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Section Sample Certification Form – ResidentsPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Section Sample Certification Form – BusinessesPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Monitoring Onsite ChecklistPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Monitoring, Program Income Revolving Loan Fund (Economic Development)WordJanuary 25, 2022

 

Reporting Forms & Templates

TitleFile TypeDate Uploaded
Final Financial ReportPDFAugust 12, 2022
Notification of Annual AuditPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Semi Annual Project Status and Compliance Report (May 2019)PDFJanuary 25, 2022
Semi Annual Project Status and Compliance Report Instructions (May 2019)PDFJanuary 25, 2022
Employee Certification Form (May 2019)PDFJanuary 25, 2022
CDBG Program Income Report – Instructions, Economic Development Revolving Loan FundWordJanuary 25, 2022
CDBG Program Income Report, Economic Development Revolving Loan FundExcelJanuary 25, 2022
CDBG Program Income Report – Instructions, HousingPDFJanuary 25, 2022
CDBG Program Income Report, HousingPDFJanuary 25, 2022
CDBG Program Income Report Certification and Verification Letter TemplateWordJanuary 25, 2022
Application For NDO DesignationWordJanuary 25, 2022
NDO Revolving Loan Fund Report Instructions and ReportPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Performance Review – Risk Analysis Compliance Checklist (July 2019)PDFJanuary 25, 2022
Job Creation/Retention ReportPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Final Wage Compliance ReportPDFJanuary 25, 2022
Final Job Creation/ Retention ReportPDFJanuary 25, 2022

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.

Environmental Review Record Forms by Level of Review

Exempt
TitleFile TypeDate
24 CFR 58.6 – Other RequirementsWordDecember 14, 2021
Determination of Level of ReviewWordDecember 14, 2021
Finding of Exempt ActivityDecember 14, 2021

 

Categorically Excluded Not Subject To (CENST)
TitleFile TypeDate
24 CFR 58.6 – Other RequirementsWordDecember 14, 2021
Determination of Level of ReviewWordDecember 14, 2021
Finding of CENST Activity FormWordDecember 14, 2021

Nebraska Low and Moderate Income Summary Data

Sources: U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, FY 2021 ACS 5-Year 2011-2015 Low-and-Moderate Income Summary Data
NOTE: There were no changes between FY 2021 data and FY 2020 data.

Raw Data from HUD:
Block Groups (incl. MOEs)
Counties/Cities/Towns/Villages 
(Dashboard Updated: 6/14/2020)

How to use the Map Tools in the visualization

If you hover the map, the toolbar shown below will show up in the top left corner.

The following icons are in the toolbar along with descriptions of what that tool does:

Search for a city, county, or state (because this search covers the whole globe, some smaller cities may not be searchable.
Zoom in (+) or out (-)
Return to the map to its default view and zoom level
Create a rectangle to zoom into a selected portion of the map
Select geographies on the map with a rectangle, circle, or a freehand region

Another way to make selections on the map is to click on the geographies. If you hold down the Ctrl key or the Command key on a Mac, you’ll be able to make multiple selections.

How to Download a PDF of the visualization

1. Click the Download button, located in the bottom right corner of the visualization. Show in red in the image below:

2. Click PDF.

3. Change settings as desired and then click Generate.

4. Once the window stating, “The PDF has been generated.” appears, click Download.

5. Print or save the PDF that you downloaded.

How to Download an image of the visualization

1. Click the Download button, located in the bottom right corner of the visualization. Show in red in the image below:

2. Click Image.

3. Once the window stating, “The image has been generated.” appears, click Download.

4. Print or save the image that you downloaded.

How to Download data from the visualization

1. Click the Download button, located in the bottom right corner of the visualization. Show in red in the image below.

2. Click Data. If the Data option is unavailable, you’ll have to make a selection from the visualization of what you want to download.

3. Once the window “View Data” window comes up select from the summary or full data tabs and click the link that says “Download all rows as a text file”. The summary tab will show all the data selected plus the calculated fields being summarized on-the-fly in the visualization. The full data tab will just show the selected data in its original form, without the calculated fields.

Have questions about CDBG?

Steve Charleston

Director of Housing & Community Development