Earlier this week on Tuesday the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) awarded Thurston and three other communities a combined total of $106,500.
From the 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) open cycle funding in the Planning Category has been offered to Brunswick, Ewing, Fairbury and Thurston.
Ewing will use $21,000 to complete a water study that will provide guidance to restore reliability, prepare for future water needs, project implementation and plan to obtain funding. The existing water distribution system has been maintained, but families and businesses have complained about the lack of water pressure to run appliances.
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.