Nebraska Department of Economic Development Announces Second Round of Funding for 2022 Public Works Opportunity

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) announces the 2nd round of funding for the 2022 Public Works Opportunity available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

A program of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administered by the DED on behalf of ineligible communities in Nebraska, CDBG dollars exist to help communities undertake projects that improve public health and safety, well -economic being, local vitality and quality of life.

The objective of the Public Works category is to provide a wide range of activities by investing in communities by providing efficient and affordable infrastructure and/or facilities that address long-term strategic developments. Every county in Nebraska and incorporated municipality in Nebraska (that is not a CDBG Entitlement community) is eligible to apply for funding. Project activities must meet the national objective of benefiting low to middle income people on a regional basis (LMA) or LMC – low/moderate clientele.

The 2022 Public Works Opportunity provides funding for two application classifications, which are separate applications: (1) public facilities, which include buildings and park facilities (e.g., community centers, seniors, fire stations, day care centers, neighborhood parks, tornado shelters, etc.); and (2) Public Infrastructure, which includes streets, sidewalks, drainage systems, water systems, sanitary systems, and other public infrastructure.

CDBG’s maximum award for project costs will be $400,000. Matching funds are needed depending on the size of the community.

The link to the DED website and the public works opportunity is at https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/programs/community/cdbg/

Applications should be submitted through our AmpliFund system beginning January 13, 2023. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2023.

For more information, contact Community Development Specialist Aaron Boucher, [email protected]