The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and Rural Development: A Description of Awards Granted in Nebraska during Fiscal Years 1993-2004

Jerry Deichert


This Nebraska Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) research project originally focused on how the policy helps the state meet its rural development objectives. However, recent statements by the Bush Administration regarding the federal program including a proposal to revise its delivery dramatically have added importance to this research. On February 3, 2005, the Bush Administration proposed the consolidation of several federal programs providing financial resources for community and economic development. The plan would shift administration from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Problems cited by the White House on the current federal community development programs included the complexity of the application process, duplication of efforts, and ineffective outcomes.