Public works are a broad category of infrastructure projects, financed and constructed by municipal forms of government for recreational, employment, and health and safety uses in the greater community. They include community centers; senior centers exclusively for persons aged 62 and over; nonprofit centers for day care, primary health and mental health clinics; remodeling of shelter facilities for the homes(excluding cost of operations); accredited public libraries, fire and/or rescue buildings, including fire trucks; removal of architectural barriers from city/village halls or county courthouses for accessibility; parks; street, curb, gutter, sidewalk, or storm sewer; flood control and drainage; tornado-safe shelters in manufactured home parks; water source (wells); and lagoon rehab.

Eligible Applicants are every Nebraska incorporated municipality and every county. All projects utilizing Nebraska Department of Economic Development CDBG funding must meet the Department’s priority national objective of benefiting low- and moderate-income persons. Income eligible communities/counties must have resident incomes of at or below 80% of the area medium income.

Additional funding partners may include USDA Rural Development, and the State Revolving Loan Fund whose specific funding is for water and waste water projects. CDBG funding can be partnered with USDA RD funds and State Revolving Loan Funds as well as cash match from the community or county.

What that means for you is the opportunity to apply for funding to assist with building priority projects within your community or county. Because of arsenic and uranium are you seeking to drill new wells to provide safe drinking water for your residents? Has your waste water lagoon been properly maintained, or is it now allowing more seep than regulations allow? Is your senior center in need of a renovation, do you need flood control and drainage, or does your courthouse or city/village offices have accessibility barriers?

What it takes from you is a strong commitment to see a priority project through and to provide the necessary matching funds for eligible projects. Strong financial commitment from community members is essential to bring a project to fruition.

What it takes from us is to provide your community leaders resources to develop a priority project, look at all avenues of funding, and to provide you information as to what it is going to take to get a project done. We can provide you the critical timeline of every segment of a project; from start to finish.

West Central Nebraska Development District has had a long history of assisting communities and counties with various projects in the region. We provide to you grant writing assistance, and when the project is funded we can help out with general administration of a project as well. We help ease the burden of obstacles that may get in the way early on and guide you through federal regulations. Our top-notch staff are available to meet you on your turf with your people, we are just a phone call away.