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CCCFF Grant Recipients Announced by Nebraska
Nebraska Ag Connection - 05/16/2018

Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) have announced 22 municipalities selected to receive grants under the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF) program. The program promotes quality of life in Nebraska communities by supporting the development of civic, community and recreation centers -- such as libraries, gathering spaces, convention centers, town squares and cultural centers.

Funds appropriated for CCCFF typically total around $2.5 million a year. This year, however, the passage of Legislative Bill 940 on April 18, 2018, saw updates to the program and an additional $2 million appropriation for fiscal year 2017-2018. Funding this period subsequently reached approximately $4.5 million. This enabled nine additional municipalities to receive funding during the current round.

"The Civic and Community Center Financing Fund helps municipalities across Nebraska create a better quality of life, by supporting projects that result in more attractive and vibrant communities," Gov. Ricketts said. "LB940 extends the reach and scope of the program, allowing it to serve more Nebraskans and more broadly impact communities around the state."

Eligible projects under CCCFF include the construction and/or improvement of public community facilities and historic buildings, as well as project planning efforts. Up to 50% of the costs of a proposed project can be covered.

"The Civic and Community Center Financing Fund is an impactful program, and we were grateful to have the opportunity to extend its reach this year thanks to the work of our State Senators," said DED Director Dave Rippe. "We're also thankful for the hardworking people across Nebraska who leverage this program to better their communities."

A competitive program due to high demand and limited funds available for award, CCCFF awards are granted to municipalities whose proposed projects score highest on a scale consisting of preparedness and quality of life metrics, including community impact, local support and visitor attraction. All awards require 1:1 local cost-share.

"Under this program, we look for projects that are well-planned, that have support from the community and investors and that will add appeal for residents and visitors alike," Rippe said. "This year's applications were outstanding, and I think we're going to see some tremendous projects come to fruition as a result."

For more information, contact DED's Jenny B. Mason, Community Development Consultant, at 402-471-6280 or jenny.mason@nebraska.gov, or visit the CCCFF program website at https://bit.ly/2Ij6wAQ.

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