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State announces funding to develop Nebraska’s community centers

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jessica Sock, Industrial Site Consulting

A community, civic, or recreation center can be the heart of a community - a place for people to gather, where memories are made, traditions are passed on, and character is built. To help communities achieve their goals of building vibrant community gathering spaces, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development is currently offering a competitive grant called the Civic and Community Center Financing Act (CCCFF).

For many communities, the idea of constructing their own community gathering places is a distant notion. The buildings that bring a community together can be expensive to build and, once built, expensive to maintain when inevitable updates are required.

Most Nebraska communities are eligible to apply for the CCCFF grant to help them construct or renovate civic, community, or recreations centers.

The window to apply started Friday, February 14 and ends February 28. This initial deadline is step one of a two-part process. The preliminary application form is fairly basic. However, this will be a much sought-after source of funding. As such, being prepared during the application process is vital. Some review factors that carry importance include the following:

  • The impact the project will have on retaining residents and sustaining long-term economic growth
  • How well the project will attract new residents and visitors, as well as the community’s overall fiscal and planning preparedness

Being prepared with your project plan is an important consideration in the review criteria. However, as an alternative, an option exists for up to $10,000 for technical or engineering studies if your community is still in the planning stages of your build or renovation.

Step two is a final application due April 11, with awards to be no later than April 30. If your community would like assistance with either stage of this application process, please contact Jessica Sock at 402.341.1116 orjsock@olssonassociates.com.

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