Abby Highland
CDBG Specialist

1500 Wall Street
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005
Tel: (443)655-2123

Available by Appointment
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Abby Highland

CDBG Specialist

CDBG Program Overview

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides entitled cities and counties with annual funding and resources that can be used to address the particular needs of their community. The program was established by the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 USC 5301) and is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

As the nation’s eighth largest federal grant program, the CDBG program impacts a community’s housing stock, business environment, neighborhoods and public facilities. The objectives of the CDBG program are to develop a viable urban community by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate income.

City of Bellevue CDBG Program

Bellevue has been accepted into the CDBG entitlement program beginning in the 2011 fiscal year. As an entitlement community, Bellevue can develop their own CDBG program and funding priorities.

The community needs and priorities are outlined in the Consolidated Plan, which is currently being developed. An Annual Action Plan then outlines each year’s projects selected to meet those priorities.

The City provides a portion of its CDBG funds annually on a competitive basis to eligible outside agencies for specific eligible activities that meet CDBG requirements and that will further the City’s goals and objectives. For more information, please use the navigation to the left to view the CDBG guide, forms, and additional information.

CDBG-CV Information

The City of Bellevue has been fortunate to receive a special allocation to our Community Development Block Grant funds that will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. The CARES Act will provide $202,742 in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds to the City. 

As such, the City is requesting applications from non-profit agencies and other eligible entities for participation in the CDBG-CV funding allocation process. Funds may be used for a wide range of CDBG eligible activities that must be associated with COVID-19 and must meet one of the three national objectives: 1) benefit low to moderate-income persons, 2) aid in the prevention of slums and blight, or 3) meet other urgent community needs such as disaster relief.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, Public Services, Public Facilities and Improvements and Assistance to Businesses (including Special Economic Development Assistance).  HUD has provided the following quick guide regarding use of CDBG-CV funding in response to COVID-19: Quick Guide CDBG Infectious Disease Response.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has also waived some CDBG statutory requirements for grantees that will enable a swift implementation of the CDBG-CV funds.  Complete hard copy or electronic application packets will be accepted until June 1, 2020, by 4:30 p.m. CDBG-CV applications are available here; on the main page of this website under Quick Links; or by written request to Abby Highland, CDBG Program Administrator, at

If you have questions concerning the CDBG-CV program and/ or application, please contact Abby Highland, CDBG Program Administrator, at or by phone at (402)293-3000.

This webpage will be updated as more information become available such as the HUD Guidance regarding CDBG-CV funding, and the City’s anticipated distribution of funding, and adoption and approval of the CDBG-CV Plan and Substantial Amendment.