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

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


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
148433

Funding Source
Fresno County - Department of Public Works and Planning, Community Development Division
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Unincorporated Fresno County

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/31/23 5:00 PM - Receipt Save

Grant Description
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.

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 2024-2025 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.fresnocountyca.gov/files/sharedassets/county/public-works-and-planning/community-development-division/2024-2025-cdbg-app-unincorporated-areas.pdf#page=29.



Recipient

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

Ineligible
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)

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

Pre-Proposal Conference
An application workshop to answer questions and assist applicants with the preparation of the CDBG Application is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Fresno County Plaza Building, 8 th Floor, Conference Room “A”. Staff representing the Community Development Division will discuss the application process. Staff representing other Divisions may be available to discuss plans, specifications, and cost estimate submittals. You are invited to attend this workshop, and to bring any project information with you that you may wish to discuss.

Please call the Community Development Division to reserve your space or if you have any questions.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received at the Community Development Division office by 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

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

Each agency, District or community group may submit one project application. Only complete applications for funding, submitted on the 2024-2025 application form supplied by the County and included in this packet will be accepted.

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.

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, 2024.

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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