|$46,500 awarded for planning projects|
MARCH 29, 2012 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $46,500 in 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) third cycle Planning funding to two communities with ongoing planning efforts.
The county and community receiving planning grants are:
• Thayer County—$16,500 to develop a Housing Market Study with strategies for affordable housing
• Holbrook—$30,000 to develop a Comprehensive Plan with zoning and subdivision regulations and a blight and substandard study
The grants are part of Nebraska's annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Applications for the first cycle of program year 2012 will be accepted beginning March 30, until April 13, 2012.
Up to $30,000 is available for communities, and as much as $50,000 is available for multi-communities, counties, or regional applicants.
Planning activities that are considered for funding include community strategic planning, such as environmental assessments, citizen participation, downtown revitalization, and fiscal management. Analyses of impediments and barriers to fair housing choices may qualify, as do neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic development plans.
Also considered are functional or special studies for housing, infrastructure, community economic development, land use/regulatory measure, main street improvement districts, downtown revitalization, energy conservation and transportation.
In addition, environmental, heritage tourism, and historic preservation studies, and pre-engineering studies for publicly-owned water/wastewater projects may qualify.