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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to Rockville, Maryland for
Housing, Economic, and Preservation Programs

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City of Rockville - Department of Community Planning and Development Services

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10/05/18 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $15,000 to Rockville, Maryland nonprofits and government agencies for housing and development projects that benefit low and moderate income households or neighborhoods. Priority is given to proposals requesting funding for capital and physical improvements.

The following activities are eligible for funding:

-Assist existing eligible homeowners with the repair, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of an owner-occupied unit.
-Acquisition and clearance of land to support the development of home-ownership or rental housing for low and moderate-income persons.
-Acquisition and rehabilitation of rental housing for low and moderate income persons.
-Direct home-ownership assistance, such as down payment or closing cost assistance, to help an eligible household purchase a home.
-Development of housing for homeless or formerly homeless individuals or households.
-Improvements to public facilities, such as neighborhood or community facilities and facilities for persons with special needs, including accessibility improvements.
-Economic development activities.
-Historic preservation activities.

Program Requirements:
-Davis-Bacon Requirements: If an organization proposes construction or rehabilitation for a commercial building or a residential property that contains eight or more units, Federal Davis-Bacon requirements apply.
-Section 3 Requirements: “Section 3” (of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968) mandates that federally funded construction and related activities take affirmative action to provide employment, training, and business opportunities for low-income project area residents and businesses.
-Minority Business Enterprise (MBE): Participation and outreach to minority, women, or disabled-owned businesses is required in the bidding process for construction/rehabilitation projects.
-Environmental Review: Montgomery County must complete an environmental review prior to project work beginning for all CDBG projects.
-Historic Preservation Review (SHPO): Montgomery County must complete a historic preservation review prior to project work beginning for all CDBG projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138450

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount an applicant can request is $15,000.

Term of Contract:

CDBG funds must be expended within a 12-month period.

Fiscal Year 20 grants will fund projects during July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only non-profit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply.

For-profit entities are not eligible for funding.

A nonprofit organization must have a 501(c)(3) designation from the U. S. Internal Revenue Service. People interested in undertaking new activities that have not yet formed a nonprofit organization may still apply. An organization that has applied for a nonprofit designation, but has not yet received the designation, must ensure that the designation will be in place before the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1, 2019).

Government Agencies:
Governmental and quasi-governmental agencies are encouraged to apply in partnership with a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit organization should be, whenever practical, the primary applicant.

Activities not funded:
Public services (i.e., social services) activities will not be funded through CDBG. This means that administrative costs, such as labor, supplies, or other operating costs for a variety of social services programs are ineligible activities. Public services include, but are not limited to, those programs concerned with employment, crime prevention, childcare, health services, drug abuse programs, fair housing counseling, education, energy conservation, services for seniors, services for homeless persons, welfare services, or recreational services.

Pre-Application Information:

An original and five copies of the application must be submitted no later than Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

If an application is approved, the applicant will be notified of approval by December 31, 2018.

The County staff will make funding recommendations to the County Executive in January/February 2019.

Funds will not be available until after October 1, 2019.

On September 24 at 7 p.m., the city will hold a public hearing at city hall on community needs for CDBG projects. Applicants are encouraged to attend. Testimony is limited to three minutes for individuals and five minutes for an association or organization.

For applicants interested in speaking, contact the City Clerk's office by 4 p.m. on September 24.

Written testimony from the public will be accepted until October 8, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit one original and five copies of the application to:
City of Rockville
Department of Community Planning and Development Services
Attention: CDBG Applications
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Telephone: (240) 314-8200
Fax: (241) 314-8210
TDD:(241) 314-8137

For questions about whether an activity is eligible, please contact:
Asmara Habte, Chief of Housing Programs

City Clerk: 240-314-2880

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USA: Maryland: City of Rockville