Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF)

The State of Nebraska, Department of Economic Development, will be accepting applications from Nebraska municipalities for grants to support the development of civic centers and community centers under the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund program. A municipality seeking a grant should complete the enclosed brief preliminary application form and return it to the Department no earlier than April 15 but no later than May 1, 2015. Completion of the pre-application is the first step in a two-part grant application process. After May 1, the Department will seek more detailed information on eligible grant requests and the final application is due June 15.


In 2013, the State Legislature amended the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund Act. The Act’s purpose is to support the development of civic, community, and recreation centers throughout Nebraska and to support projects that foster maintenance or growth of communities. In effort to support this purpose, grants of assistance to municipalities from the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF) administered by the Department of Economic Development.

Awarded Projects:
Municipality 2014 Awarded Project Grant Amount
 Hastings  City Auditorium $750,000 
 Pender  Community Center $375,000 
 Lyons  Community Center $375,000 
 Burwell  Burwell Area/Calamus Conference Center  $375,000 
 Hickman  Community Center $375,000 
 Lexington  Fieldhouse $600,000 
 Bellevue  Convention Center $1,125,000 
 South Sioux City    Recreation Center (Planning) $10,000 
 Kearney  Recreation (Planning) $10,000 
 Plattsmouth  Downtown Entertainment Plaza (Planning)  $10,000 
 Kimball  Event Center $250,000 
 Blair  Library and Technology Center $375,000 
 Deshler  Public Library $250,000 
   Total Awarded Amount CCCFF $4,880,000 


  • 2004 - Present CCCFF Awards .xls
Eligible projects:

The fund may be used for the construction of new civic and recreation centers or the renovation or expansion of existing civic, community, and recreation centers, which may include the conversion, rehabilitation, or reuse of historic buildings. The fund may also be used for preliminary planning related to the development or rehabilitation of eligible projects. The definitions of eligible projects are:

  • Civic Center—a facility that is primarily used to host conventions, meetings, and cultural events and/or a library. A civic center therefore includes space for conventions, meetings, and cultural events and/or a library.
  • Community Center—the traditional center of a community, typically comprised of a cohesive core of residential, civic, religious, and commercial buildings, arranged around a main street and intersecting streets. A community center is therefore an area of multiple buildings with both internal and external elements. A civic center may or may not be in a community center.
  • Recreation Center–a facility used for athletics, fitness, sport activities, or recreation that is owned by a municipality and is available for use by the general public with or without charge. A recreation center does not include any facility that requires a person to purchase a membership to utilize such facility.
  • Planning–engineering and technical studies directly related to eligible projects.
Eligible applicants:

Most Nebraska municipalities are eligible and may apply for a grant in competition with other municipalities. Not eligible is the City of Omaha and the City of Lincoln, The City of Ralston, or other municipality that has received funding under the Sports Arena Facility Financial Assistance Act is ineligible to receive funds under both the Sports Arena Facility Financial Assistance Act and the CCCFF. A municipality will own and operate the center, directly or under contract, for which a grant is sought.

Grant amounts:

Assistance from the fund shall not amount to more than fifty percent of the cost of construction, renovation, or expansion. The minimum amount for a non-planning grant request is $10,000. The maximum amount is determined by the total revenues in the Fund and the population size of a municipality applying for a grant, as follows:

Grant Maximum Schedule A
Until the balance of the Fund reaches $2,500,000
  Grant Maximum Schedule B
After the balance of the Fund reaches $2,500,000 and until it falls below $1,000,000
Population of Municipality Maximum Grant Amount   Population of Municipality Maximum Grant Amount
100,000 to 299,999 persons $1,500,000   100,000 to 299,999 persons $2,500,000
40,000 to 99,999 $750,000   40,000 to 99,999 $1,125,000
20,000 to 39,999 $500,000   20,000 to 39,999 $750,000
10,000 to 19,999 $400,000   10,000 to 19,999 $600,000
less than 10,000 $250,000   less than 10,000 $375,000

The maximum amount of a planning grant is $10,000. The Department will allocate no more than 10% of annual grant funds awarded for planning projects.

2015 Grant Schedule:

A municipality seeking funding will complete and return a Preliminary Application Form by May 1, 2015. Projects deemed eligible and competitive for funding will be sent an invitation to submit a Full Application no later than May 15, 2015. Full Application Forms are to be completed, returned to the Department no later than June 15, 2015. Only projects that have been invited to complete Full Applications will be accepted. The Department will evaluate final application forms soon after they are received. Announcement of grants awarded will occur no later than June 30, 2015.

All applications and supporting materials must be received in the Department by 5:00pm on the respective due date. Please submit both single hard copy original and electronic copy (PDF email attachments are acceptable).

The Department reserves the right to hold a second application cycle beginning in September 2015. The announcement of this cycle will be made no later than August 15, 2015.

Review Criteria: Pre-application narratives should be informed by the same criteria as full applications. Maps, images, and photographs should be included where appropriate. Upon invitation by the Department of Economic Development, full applications will be reviewed and scored by a committee consisting of Department staff as well as invited members of other vested State agencies. The review committee will make a recommendation reflecting top scoring applications to the Director of the Department of Economic Development, or their designee, for final approval.

Eligible project applications will be reviewed based upon review criteria established in statute (Nebraska Revised Statute 13-2707): project location, ownership, and operation; retention impact; new resident impact; visitor impact; financial support; readiness and local public support; and project planning. Top scoring applications will be recommended to the Director for approval.

Application Guidelines:
  • 2015 CCCFF Pre-application and Guidelines .docx or .pdf
  • 2015 CCCFF Final Application Form .docx or .pdf
  • CCCFF Review Criteria (Rev. Dec 2014) .docx or .pdf

For clarification on the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund, contact:

Jenny B. Mason, CCCFF Program Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Housing & Community Development Division
P.O. Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
800-426-6505 or 402-471-6280
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Updated 01/13/2015 JS


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Nebraska Department of Economic Development | Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, Director
301 Centennial Mall South | P.O. Box 94666 | Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
Phone (800) 426-6505 | Fax (402) 471-3778