BEATRICE – Twenty-two Nebraska communities have been selected to receive more than $4.5 million in state grants, under the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund.
Passage of new law this session more than doubled the amount of money in the program, enabling another nine municipalities to receive funding in the current round. The money helps support development of civic, community and recreation centers, including libraries, convention and cultural centers, town squares and gathering spaces.
Among communities in southeast Nebraska, Tecumseh is receiving $375,000 for an aquatic center. Sterling will receive $140,236 to help finance a community center.
Geneva will receive a $375,000 grant for a multi-generational community center and gymnasium. Planning grants totaling about $10,000 each will help Hebron and Hickman work toward aquatic centers.
Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe says the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund carries great impact and has received a boost from state lawmakers. Communities also provide additional funding for their projects. Under the program, state funds cover up to 50% of a project. Other awards in this round of funding included….
- Arapahoe: Arapahoe Public Library ([Planning] $10,000 award).
- Farnam: Farnam Community Center ([Planning] $5,750).
- Fullerton: Powerhouse Building ([Planning] $8,000).
- Gibbon: Gibbon Fire Hall and Community Center ([Planning] $10,000).
- Gothenburg: Gothenburg Community Center ([Planning] $6,000).
- Valentine: Valentine City Gym ([Planning] 10,000).
- Ogallala: Goodall City Library ($375,000).
- Stromsburg: Historic Band Stand ($272,000).
- Papillion: Papillion Landing Community Center ($750,000).
- Wisner: Wisner City Auditorium ($375,000).
- Central City: Dark Island Park ($375,000).
- Potter: Potter Community Hall ($300,000).
- Sidney: Hickory Street Square ($250,000).
- Osceola: Osceola Civic Center ($110,441).
- Manley: Manley Community Center ($19,000).
- Blue Hill: Blue Hill Pool Project ($375,000).
- Tekamah: Tekamah Auditorium ($375,000).