Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF)

Annually, the Department of Economic Development, accepts applications from Nebraska municipalities for grants to support the development of civic, community, and recreation centers under the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund program. The program operates on a two-part application process. A municipality seeking a grant will complete a brief preliminary application form and upon invitation, a final application shall be submitted providing more detailed information for eligible grant requests.


In 2013, the State Legislature amended the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund Act. The purpose of the Act 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 are awarded to municipalities from the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF) and administered by the Department of Economic Development.

Awarded Projects:
Municipality 2015 Awarded Project Grant Amount
Chadron Chadron Area Aquatic and Wellness Facility $375,000
Humboldt Humboldt Auditorium $375,000
Plainview Plainview Public Library $375,000
St. Paul St. Paul Area Community Center $375,000
Pilger Pilger Community Center $250,000
Panama Panama Community Center $74,050
David City David City Municipal Auditorium $60,000
Walthill Library Project $55,000
Atkinson Atkinson Community Center $35,170
Blue Hill Pool and Recreation Center (Planning) $10,000
Cody Recreation Center (Planning) $10,000
Crete Conference and Convention Center (Planning) $10,000
Potter Community and Recreation Center (Planning) $10,000
Wakefield Community Center (Planning) $10,000
Ravenna Public Library (Planning) $5,200
  Total Awarded Amount $2,029,420


  • 2004 - Present CCCFF Awards .xls
  • 2004 - Present CCCFF Awards Map .pdf
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 under the following restrictions:
  • Municipality must own and operate the facility, directly or under contract, for which the grant is sought.
  • The project must be located within the boundaries of the municipality applying for the grant.
  • A municipality may only receive one CCCFF grant in any five-year period unless the project received a planning grant. Projects awarded planning grants under CCCFF are eligible to apply for a capital construction grant for the planning project only.
  • Grant recipients must match grant funds at least equally from local sources (1:1 match investment in project costs).
  • At least 50% of the local match must be in cash. Projects with a higher level of local matching funds shall be preferred as compared to those with a lower level of matching funds.
  • Matching funds must be injected into the project within the contract effective dates; expenses incurred prior to award are not eligible as match but may demonstrate project readiness and local support.
  • Project being applied for shall not have received assistance under the Sports Arena Facility Financial Assistance Act (SAFFA). No project shall receive assistance from both the CCCFF and SAFFA programs.

Not eligible are the cities of Omaha and Lincoln, or other municipality that has received funding under the Convention Center Facility Financing Assistance Act.

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

Planning grants shall be at least $2,000 but a maximum of $10,000. The Department will allocate no more than 10% of annual grant funds awarded for planning projects.

2015 Grant Schedule:

The 2015 Program year operated on a two-part application process as follows:

  • Preliminary Application Form – May 1, 2015.
  • Invitation to submit a Full Application – May 15, 2015.
  • Full Application Forms – June 15, 2015. Only invited project applications accepted.
  • Announcement of awarded grants – 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

2016 Grant Schedule:

To be announced.

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 06/30/2015 JS


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Nebraska Department of Economic Development | Eric Zeece, Interim Director
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