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Grants to California Nonprofits, CSAs, CSDs, and Fire Departments in Eligible Locations to Improve Infrastructure and Public Facilities

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvement Projects

Fresno County - Department of Public Works and Planning, Community Development Division


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #148433

Grant Description

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, Community Service Districts, Fire Districts, and CSAs in eligible locations to improve infrastructure and public facilities. Applicants must conduct a public hearing before applying. Funding is intended to support projects such as water system improvements, removal of architecture barriers, street and drainage improvements, and parks and recreation facilities. Funded projects must benefit low and moderate-income neighborhoods and communities in unincorporated Fresno County.

CDBG Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvement Projects provide grants:

  • To neighborhood groups, public service districts and other organizations to construct or improve public neighborhood facilities such as senior centers, parks, playgrounds, community center, and recreation buildings in low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities in unincorporated Fresno County.
  • For public infrastructure improvements such as sewer, water, drainage, streets, curbs and sidewalks in low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities in unincorporated Fresno County.

Applications submitted for proposed funding must be for CBDG-eligible activities that are consistent with the County's 5-year Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2020-2024 and meet one of HUD's three National Objectives:

  1. Benefit primarily low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons;
  2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
  3. Meet a need having a particular urgency (referred to as urgent need) as defined by HUD.

Eligible Activities: Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvements (includes acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation of the following types of activities on publicly-owned infrastructure and facilities):

  1. Water System Improvements: Acquisition of private systems, installation of new systems, extensions to under-served areas, and improvements to existing systems.
  2. Sewer System Improvements: Extensions to non-sewered areas, replacement of existing lines, connections of private properties, and improvements to sewer treatment plants.
  3. Street and Drainage Improvements: Drainage basins and lines, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, lights, bridges, and canal undergrounding.
  4. Fire Protection Improvements: Fire stations, hydrants, and fire protection equipment.
  5. Neighborhood Facilities: Single or multi-purpose facilities to provide health, social, recreational, or similar services as well as branch libraries and facilities for specific groups, such as senior citizens and the handicapped.
  6. Parks & Recreation Facilities: Site acquisition, development and improvements to new and existing parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities.
  7. Solid Waste Facilities & Equipment
  8. Removal of Architectural Barriers: (curb cuts, park improvements, and improvements to public buildings to meet ADA requirements)
  9. Energy Conservation Measures

For Priority Classifications, see https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/home/showpublisheddocument/66721/637909664010770000#page=29.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants include:
- CSA
- Community Service District (CSD)
- Fire District
- Non-Profit Corporation

Furniture, and other equipment and improvements, [except for fire equipment] not affixed to the property are ineligible for CDBG funding.)

Activities involving the following are ineligible activities under the CDBG Program:
I. Civic Buildings - such as city halls, courthouses, police stations
II. Operating and/or maintenance expenses
III. Political activities
IV. Purchase of equipment – furnishings and personal property (except for fire protection equipment)

Pre-proposal Conference:

An application workshop to answer questions and assist applicants with the preparation of the CDBG Application is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Fresno County Plaza Building, 8th Floor, Conference Room “A”.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received at the Community Development Division office by 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Timeline:
- Public Hearing(s) Conducted by Applicant June - August 2022
- CDBG Application Submittal Deadline August 31, 2022
- County Review of CDBG Applications September 2022
- Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Review of CDBG Project Proposals October – November 2022
- Rating and Ranking of CDBG Project Proposals by CAC March 2023
- Board of Supervisors Conducts Public Hearing for Approval of Recommended Projects and Programs April – May 2023
- Initial Study/Environmental Assessment Review Period January – July 2023
- Applicant Notification of Grant Award May 2023 (Estimated)
- 2023-2024 Program Year Begins July 1, 2023

Applications must include evidence of the noticed public hearing.

Each agency, District or community group may submit one project application. Applications must be submitted on the 2023-2024 application form.

Applicants are required to conduct a noticed public hearing before their governing boards to provide interested citizens the opportunity to comment on all activities submitted for funding.

Application must include evidence of community support for the activity, such as letters of support from community members, community meeting rosters and minutes, or community petitions, etc

If the activity will include the installation of sidewalks, owners of adjacent properties must be notified of the project and informed that the property owner would be responsible for maintenance of the sidewalks upon completion of the activity.

Every project proposal MUST contain evidence of citizen participation and support for the proposal. This evidence must include documentation of at least one Public Hearing at which the specific project was discussed and opportunities provided for citizen input.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Community Development Division has issued this Application for grant requests of $75,000 up to a maximum of $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for activities to be implemented beginning July 1, 2023.

The activity must be able to be completed within 12 to 18 months of funding – the activity must be ready to proceed upon funding approval.

Contact Information:

Mail completed applications to:
Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning
Community Development Division
Attn: Community Development Grants Program
2220 Tulare Street, 6th Floor
Fresno, CA 93721

Hand-delivered applications will be accepted at:
The Community Development office
Fresno County Plaza Building
2220 Tulare Street, 8th Floor
Fresno, CA

For further information, contact the Fresno County Community Development office at (559) 600-4292.

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