Grants Administration

The City of Fernley identifies funding priorities and seek grants for programs, services, and projects that help advance department, community, and Council priorities and goals. To view the City's Grant Management Policy, please click here.

City Manager's Office Responsibilities

  • Assist city staff in locating funding sources.
  • Conduct special projects as assigned.
  • Coordinate cooperative grant applications with other agencies.
  • Coordinate the City's grant review process.
  • Monitor progress of most grant projects, or directly manage other projects.
  • Prepare formula grant applications.
  • Provide coordination for finding and managing grants.
  • Serve as a liaison and point of contact with funding agencies and congressional delegate

Community Development Block Grant

Fernley Downtown Revitalization

Phase 1, completed in May 2014, identified and evaluated potential streetscape, transportation, and urban design improvements to Main Street and US 95 Alternative to encourage revitalization of the Fernley Downtown Corridor, as well as developing an overall design framework and guidelines for the area. Goals and priorities included: enhance the character of Downtown through thematic streetscape and building facade improvements; coordinate wider sidewalks with appropriate landscape and lighting treatments to create an attractive environment; provide safe and attractive pedestrian connectivity. 

Phase 2, completed in June 2017, created engineering and architectural design drawings and specifications, as well as an environmental narrative, for projects outlined in Phase 1. 

Phase 3, completed in the spring of 2020. The scope of work will included contracting with a landscape architect/planner to coordinate the purchase and installation of streetscape elements including the following: 16 benches, 6 bicycle racks, 16 trash receptacles, 32 above ground planters (including irrigation), a city clock, and a public art piece. The project area is located on Main Street, and is a four-block area, beginning in the west at N. West Street, ending in the east at Silver Lace Blvd. The total distance is 3,476.83 feet (1.06 km). 

Phase 4, the City submitted a grant application for the fourth phase of the Fernley Downtown Revitalization project in the amount of $100,000 to dedicate funds to continue the beautification and placemaking strategies that were previously identified in phases 1 and 2, and begun in phase 3. Continued beautification and placemaking efforts will market the downtown area, encourage new business development, and improve the appearance of downtown, making it appealing for residents, visitors, investors, developers, and shoppers. If funded, the project will begin FY2023.

Depot Community Center

Phase 1, grant is for the planning, engineering/design, and environmental assessment required for a sewer connection to the Fernley Depot in the amount of $60,000. The City has completed the environmental assessment and required engineering and design for the sewer connection. Currently, the City is in the process of resolving underlying land ownership issues (along Main Street) to receive an encroachment permit from NDOT. This project is complete.

Phase 2, grant is comprised of two parts: construction and planning. The construction portion ($250,907) is to connect the sewer lateral to the Depot; the engineering design and required environmental assessment have all been completed and accepted by CDBG, however, the City is waiting to resolve underlying land ownership issues along Main Street to receive the encroachment permit from NDOT to begin construction. The second portion of this grant is for the site survey, engineering report, building documents and plans for a separate amenity building providing ADA-compliant restrooms ($50,000). Phase 2 has been completed.

Phase 3, the purpose of this grant is for the conceptual design of the future multi-purpose Fernley Community Center. The scope of the work will include a strong focus on community outreach and visioning for the facility. The community outreach portion included charrettes, focus groups, and online surveys. The City just completed a site plan for the 8.5-acre Depot property mapping out land for the future Lyon County Senior Center and the future Community Center. Phase 3 is completed and cost $80,000.

Phase 4, the City submitted a grant application for the fourth phase of the Depot Community Center project in the amount of $395,000 with a $45,000 local cash match. The purpose of phase four is to dedicate funds for the installation of a separate ADA-compliant prefabricated restroom at the Fernley Depot. If funded, the project will begin FY2023.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Green Valley and In-Town Park Improvements

The City applied for a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for improvements outlined in the Parks Master Plan. With limited funding available, the City did not receive the grant. Staff will continue to make efforts to complete projects outlined in the Parks Master Plan as well as continue to look for funding alternatives.