The project must involve a collaborative allocation of substantial resources from an array of public and private organizations. Allocating participants must pre-commit and identify the amount and nature of the resources to be used.
The primary purpose of the CRANE Program is to provide targeted resources for the development of affordable housing to eligible applicants (communities and alliances between for-profit and non-profit entities) who are able to demonstrate that, through a public process, they have assessed the needs of their particular community with respect to economic development, housing development, community development, and special needs populations (i.e., people with mental or physical disabilities). CRANE applicants must also identify specific solutions to address those needs.
Pursuant to the CRANE Program, projects requesting consideration under the program must provide substantial benefit under the Eligible Projects section in the current Collaborative Resources Allocation for Nebraska (CRANE) Program Guidelines & Application.
For the CRANE Program application, property control, zoning and financing need not be finalized at the time of submission; however, the applicant must provide a strategy and timeline within the Plan for completing the required assignment and tasks.