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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides Nebraskans with safe, affordable and accessible housing and infrastructure; quality jobs and investment through financing new and expanding businesses. Created under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the CDBG program merged seven categorical programs into a pool of community development funds yearly distributed according to a formula weighing population and measures of distress (poverty, age of housing, housing overcrowding, and growth lag). Grantees now determine the activities to be funded so long as activities are eligible and meet one of three broad national program objectives. HUD CDBG rules are found here
under “About CDBG …Community Development Block Grant Program”.


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Administration Manual
This manual serves as a resource for local government officials and program administrators implementing CDBG-funded projects and others who may be contemplating applying for CDBG funds.

An online version is regularly updated with the most current state and federal requirements. To access the manual, along with current forms and reference materials, go to here

Nebraska Annual Action Plan
The Annual Action Plan updates the five-year Nebraska Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan, which addresses these top needs. The Annual Action Plan summarizes priorities/strategies; describes the process for meeting strategies/objectives; explains the distribution of CDBG, HOME, ESG, HSATF, and Housing Trust Fund monies; identifies other resources; meets HUD requirements; and reviews citizen comments. Go to: here to review the plan.

CDBG Application Guidelines
The application guidelines present the instructions, forms, and rules for applying for CDBG funds. A guideline contains two sections. The first section, Application Forms/Instructions, contains all materials and instructions for preparing an application. The second section, Application Guidelines, contains a detailed description of state and federal statutes, regulations and policies governing the program. If interested in specific CDBG Program application guidelines click here.

CDBG Certification Process
All CDBG grantees must have Certified Administrators who daily oversee the projects. A Certified Administrator may be an employee of the grantee, or a consultant who is procured and contracted by the grantee and recognized as certified by DED. Individuals earn Certified Administrator status after successfully completing written examinations during the Department’s Certification Workshop conducted at least once a year.

Consolidated Plan
The five-year Nebraska Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan identifies the state’s needs in the areas of housing, homelessness, community and economic development. Nebraska must complete a Consolidated Plan every five years to receive U.S. .Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for the Community Development Block grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs. Two state-funded programs—the Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF) and Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF)—also are included in the five-year plan. Go to here

CDBG Forms
Local government grantees and sub recipients are responsible for completing forms that help DED track projects from beginning to end. Each grantee is responsible for implementing this notification and reporting process. More can be found here

Guide to National Objectives
This guide identifies activities that are eligible for CDBG program assistance, and helps interpret the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Investment/Impact/Success Stories

Report on the impact of CDBG investments in Nebraska communities during a five-year period.

Low-Moderate Income Data/Maps
Census data maps and statistical data for low- and moderate-income persons for select communities.

Community Development Week
The National Community Development Association initiated National Community Development Week in 1986 to remind Congress of the importance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Non-profit Development Organizations (NDO)
A Non-profit Development Organization (NDO) is a non-profit association or corporation organized under State law to engage in community economic development activities...(more)

“The importance of the Community Development Block Grant as a key tool for helping local and state officials tackle their most serious community development challenges cannot be overstated. It is all-encompassing, providing funding for public works and infrastructure, safe affordable housing, public services, and economic development growth. We need to continually invest economic development dollars in rural and urban Nebraska to help sustain and grow our vital communities. These grants help Nebraska play a leading role in the ongoing work and issues related to our global economy”

–Governor Pete Ricketts

"CDBG funds are often the catalyst in communities that create the momentum to start and follow through on a project or business venture. As city administrator for 14 years in two small towns, I have seen CDBG funds used to leverage many times more in local funds to provide housing and business momentum in Nebraska communities. CDBG investments creates a united local effort that carries into other projects.”

– Lowell D. Johnson, City of Wayne, City Administrator and CDBG Advisory Committee Chair

For additional information concerning the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program please contact Steve Charleston at (800) 426-6505, (402) 471-3757, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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