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2020-2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to Fresno County, California Nonprofits, CSAs, CSCs, and Fire
Departments for Public Infrastructure and Facility Improvements

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

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08/30/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants starting at $75,000 to Fresno County, California nonprofits, Community Service Districts, Fire Districts, and CSAs for public infrastructure and facility improvements in unincorporated communities. Applicants must conduct a public hearing before applying. Funding is intended to 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 2020-2024 and meet one of HUD's three National Objectives.

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):

A. Water System Improvements - Acquisition of private systems, installation of new systems, extensions to under-served areas and improvements to existing systems.
B. Sewer System Improvements - Extensions to non-sewered areas, replacement of existing lines, connections of private properties, and improvements to sewer treatment plants.
C. Street and Drainage Improvements - Drainage basins and lines, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, lights, bridges, and canal undergrounding.
D. Fire Protection Improvements - Fire stations, hydrants, and fire protection equipment.
E. 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.
F. Parks & Recreation Facilities - Site acquisition, development and improvements to new and existing parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities.
G. Solid Waste Facilities & Equipment
H. Removal of Architectural Barriers (curb cuts, park improvements, and improvements to public buildings to meet ADA requirements)
I. Energy Conservation Measures

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148433

Estimated Size of Grant:

Application funding requests must not be less than $75,000 and must not exceed $250,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for activities to be implemented beginning July 1, 2020. 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. This requires approval of all required land use entitlements.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant is a (check one):

- Community Service District (CSD)
- Fire District
- Non-Profit Corporation Other (specify)

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, July 11, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Fresno County Plaza Building, 8th Floor, Conference Room “B”.

Staff representing the Community Development Division will discuss the application process, staff representing the Design and Road Maintenance & Operations Divisions will discuss plans, specifications, and cost estimate submittals, and staff representing the Development Services Division will discuss environmental review regulations. Applicants 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:

Completed applications may be mailed or hand delivered. Applications must be received at the Community Development Division office by 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2019.

Activity Time Frame:

- Public Hearing(s) Conducted by Applicant June - August 2019
- CDBG Application Submittal Deadline: August 30, 2019
- County Review of CDBG Applications: September 2019
- Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Review of CDBG Project Proposals: October 2019 – February 2020
- Rating and Ranking of CDBG Project Proposals by CAC: March 2020
- Board of Supervisors Conducts Public Hearing for Approval of Recommended Projects and Programs: April 2020 – May 2020
- Initial Study/Environmental Assessment Review Period: April 2020 – July 2020
- Applicant Notification of Grant Award May 2020 (Estimated)
- 2020-2021 Program Year Begins July 1, 2020

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.

Contact Information:

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

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

Community Development Division
(559) 600-4292

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Unincorporated Fresno County