Focus On Land & Waste Division
Deconstruction Grants Program

The Deconstruction Grant Program was created by LB 180, passed in 2009. Through this bill, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act was expanded to include grants for the reimbursement of costs for the deconstruction of abandoned buildings, and to encourage the recycling or reuse of the building’s materials.

Who’s Eligible
: Cities of the second class, villages and counties of 5,000 or less population.

Matching Contribution Required
: None required

Who to Contact:
NDEQ’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Program, (402) 471-0273

Time requirements:
Grants are awarded annually. Application deadlines are posted with the online application information.

Application: A new online application process is now available for all Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants. Please click on the following link to start the application process.
Program Priority System: A link to the PDF providing the Program Priority System

Difference Between Reuse and Recycle: Reuse means to reuse something in its present form for a similar use without processing, crushing, remanufacturing, etc. An example would be to use existing wood flooring as lumber. Recycling is the reprocessing and use of something in a different form and for a different purpose. An example would be existing asphalt roofing shingles that are reprocessed into an additive for asphalt paving.

Additional Information that should be provided:
  1. Certification in writing from the Nebraska Historical Society that the building is not on, or eligible to be on, the National Register of Historic Places. (See Obtaining a Nebraska State Historical Society Certification below for how to obtain Certification from the Nebraska Historical Society.)
  2. One bid for the cost of normal demolition, including disposal costs. The square footage of the building must be indicated.
  3. Two bids for the cost of deconstruction that includes an estimate of the percentage of the building that will be reused in its present form and the percentage of the building that will be recycled. An architect, engineer, or contractor must provide this percentage. If acting as your own contractor, identify the project manager and provide experience in deconstruction and/or demolition. The square footage of the building must be indicated.
  4. An inventory of the estimated materials to be recovered through the deconstruction (e.g. number of windows, doors, linear feet of lumber, metal, shingles, concrete). (See form)
  5. A list of the markets for the items on the inventory. Include the name, address and phone number of the identified markets.
  6. Photographs of the inside and outside of the property before deconstruction. A photograph of the cleared property will be required when the project is completed.
NOTE: If successful in receiving a deconstruction grant, an asbestos survey will be required.
Obtaining a Nebraska State Historical Society Certification: To request the comments from the Nebraska State Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office, concerning buildings on the National Register of Historical Places, the following information must be provided:
  1. Cover letter citing the name of the program (NDEQ Deconstruction Program) and the purpose of your request
  2. A legible map of the property’s location and address of the property
  3. Clear, current photos of the property.
This information should be sent to:

Nebraska State Historical Society
State Historic Preservation Office
1420 P Street, Suite 300
PO Box 82544
Lincoln, NE 68501-2554
Please allow 30 days for comment

Questions? Contact:

NDEQ Planning & Aid Supervisor

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