Community Development Block Grant Program Webinars Scheduled For June, July

LINCOLN – A series of webinars are being scheduled to review application guidelines for the 2020-21 program year of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

According to a release from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), the first webinar was held last Wednesday involving a general application overview while the remainder will cover guidelines for the program year’s individual funding opportunities.

Those who have attended past workshops are strongly encouraged to attend the webinar(s) relevant to their interests this year. Some guidelines and requirements may have changed due to DED’s recent adoption of a new grants management system, AmpliFund.

The next webinar will be held on Thursday, June 18 with the topic of ‘Emergent Threat Application’. Other June webinars include Tuesday, June 23; Thursday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 30. In July, webinars will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday July 14-15; Tuesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 23 along with a webinar for ‘Youth Job Training Application’ to be announced.

The webinars, which are free and open to the public, are intended to inform and assist applicants who plan to seek CDBG funding during the July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 program year. Visit the DED website for information on grant eligibility, requirements and more: Application guidelines for all funding opportunities are available at

DED administers federal CDBG funding on behalf of the State of Nebraska to counties and incorporated municipalities within the non-entitlement areas throughout the state. This includes all communities with the exception of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue and Grand Island. These four entitlement communities receive funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal entity that oversees and administers the CDBG program.

The program is designed to help communities provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities, with the primary goal of benefitting low-and moderate-income persons. CDBG funding in 2020-21 will be available through nine funding opportunities, corresponding to the scheduled webinars listed below.

Each of the following webinars will occur from 9:30-11:30 a.m. CDT. To register, visit For questions, contact Anissa Rasmussen, Economic Development Specialist, at or call 402-471-7999.

2020-21 Program Year CDBG Application Webinars


Date CDBG Topic
June 10, 2020 Application Overview and Exhibits – COMPLETE
June 18, 2020 Emergent Threat Application
June 23, 2020 Economic Development Application
June 25, 2020 Water/Wastewater Application
June 30, 2020 Tourism Development Application
July 14, 2020 Public Works Application
July 15, 2020 Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Application
July 21, 2020 Planning Application
July 23, 2020 Downtown Revitalization Application
To Be Announced Youth Job Training Application