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2020-21 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits for Urban
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Village of Skokie

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12/06/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations for community development activities that enhance the quality of life for low- to moderate income residents in eligible regions. Funding is intended for activities that meet emergency needs, eliminate and prevent slums and blight, and benefit residents with low-income. All construction and rehabilitation projects must be located within the Village of Skokie.

Skokie’s CDBG program will provide a better quality of life for low/moderate-income residents through “bricks and mortar” projects and service activities.  The Village’s goals to achieve this vision:

  • Make housing affordable, accessible and sustainable
  • Improve public infrastructure
  • Improve facilities
  • Provide financial assistance for programs and services
  • Conduct planning and administration activities

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities, and must give maximum feasible priority to activities that either benefit low-income persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight.  Other activities may be carried out after the community certifies that they meet other community development needs with a particular urgency.  Existing conditions must pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the entire community in order to be declared as urgent.  

Activities that can be carried out with CDBG funds include, but are not limited to: acquisition of real property, relocation assistance, building demolition, rehabilitation of residential and nonresidential structures, and construction/rehabilitation of public facilities and improvements such as streets, sidewalks, parks, and neighborhood centers.  In addition, CDBG funds may be used to pay for public services and activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources.  Entitlement communities may also provide assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development activities that can document that they primarily benefit low-income persons.

Title I of the Housing & Community Development Act: HUD provides block grants to qualified local communities annually under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act. These funds are used for infrastructure improvement projects, housing programs, social services, and other activities that are consistent with local planning goals and CDBG regulations.

For information about Project Objectives and Project Outcomes, see page 10 of the application in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140901

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Total Program Funding: The Village expects to receive between $550,000 and $600,000 in new entitlement funds for the program.
- The recommended minimum request for funding is $5,000.
- Potential applicants should note that public service funds are extremely limited. Grants of this type are usually of a supplemental nature to an existing program.
- Public service grants to outside organizations will generally be less than $10,000.

Term of Contract:

- Proposals are for the May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021 CDBG Program Year 2020 (PY20).
- Please note that weather-sensitive construction/ rehabilitation projects should be completed by December, if possible.
- Funding availability will not be extended beyond April 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must include proof of nonprofit determination.

Building rehabilitation and capital improvements proposals must be located within the Village of Skokie.

Construction/Rehabilitation Applications: All projects must conform to Village of Skokie codes and ordinances. Buildings must conform to zoning and property standards to be considered for funding.

The types of activities that are generally ineligible include: improvements to buildings for the general conduct of government, political activities, direct income payments to individuals, and construction of new housing or other facilities offering 24-hour care.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.

CDBG Public Hearing Schedule:
- Friday, December 6, 2019: Program Year 2020 application deadline at 5 p.m.
- Monday, December 16, 2019: Public Hearing #1: Program overview and current activities report
- Monday, January 6, 2020: Public Hearing #2: Required applicant presentations at 8 p.m.
- Monday, February 3, 2020: Public Hearing #3: Proposed budget
- Monday, March 2, 2020: Public Hearing #4: Approval of Consolidated and Action Plans
- Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Consolidated and Action Plans submitted to HUD (estimated date)

Applicants are required to attend the Board of Trustees' meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020, to briefly present their proposals at a public hearing. Staff recommendations will be presented to the Board on Monday, February 3, 2020, at which time the Board will vote on funding allocations. All Board of Trustees meetings begin at 8:00 p.m. CDBG public hearings are held immediately following all regular municipal business.

Construction/Rehabilitation Applications Only: Please note that Village staff will contact the applicant to make an appointment for a tour of the proposed construction/rehabilitation project. Please reserve Thursday, December 12, 2019, and Friday, December 13, 2019, on your calendar to facilitate a smooth scheduling process.

Since requests for funding typically exceed available funds, construction/rehabilitation “facility” projects must include a 25% minimum funding match by the sponsoring agency. The Village’s maximum share will be 75% of the cost estimate or the final bid, whichever is less.

Please note that the Village is preparing a new five-year Consolidated Plan to go into effect May 1, 2020. The existing vision, goals, and objectives are subject to change as part of the planning process; however, only minor, if any, changes are anticipated at this time.

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

Please contact Carrie Haberstich at 847/933-8447 or with any questions regarding the CDBG program.

Submit complete applications to:
Village of Skokie
Community Development Department
Attn: Carrie Haberstich, Planner/CDBG Administrator
5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077

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