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. This 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 the final application is due June 15.
|Municipality||2014 Awarded Project||Grant Amount|
|Burwell||Burwell Area/Calamus Conference Center||$375,000|
|South Sioux City||Recreation Center (Planning)||$10,000|
|Plattsmouth||Downtown Entertainment Plaza (Planning)||$10,000|
|Blair||Library and Technology Center||$375,000|
|Total Awarded Amount CCCFF||$4,880,000|
- 2004 - Present CCCFF Awards .xls
- Civic Center—a facility that is primarily used to host 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
- Recreation Center – a facility used for athletics, fitness, sport activities, or recreation
- Planning – engineering and technical studies directly related to eligible projects
- 2015 CCCFF Pre-application and Guidelines (coming soon)
- CCCFF Review Criteria (Rev. Dec 2014) .docx or .pdf
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|
|100,001 to 299,999 persons||$1,500,000||100,001 to 299,999 persons||$2,500,000|
|40,000 to 99,000||$750,000||40,000 to 99,000||$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.
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.
For clarification on the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund, contact:Jenny B. Mason, CCCFF Program Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Community and Rural Development Division
P.O. Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
800-426-6505 or 402-471-6280
Updated 12/16/2014 JS