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Earlier this week on Tuesday the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) awarded Brunswick $25,000.
From the 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) open cycle funding in the Planning Category has been offered to Brunswick, Ewing, Fairbury and Thurston.
Brunswick will use the $25,500 to complete a comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, blight and substandard study, general redevelopment plan and infrastructure mapping utilizing GIS. The plan will provide Brunswick with a “vision” for future development and identify goals and policies articulated through public input processes.
Applications for the open cycle, will be accepted until the CDBG Planning Category funds are either depleted, or the first cycle of the next program year commences, whichever comes first.
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 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 and neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic development plans may qualify.
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 may qualify.