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City of Corvallis Community Development Block Grant Program: The Human Services Fund

Grants to Corvallis, Oregon Nonprofits for Low-Income,
Homeless, and Special Needs Populations

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City of Corvallis, Community Development Department, Housing Division

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01/18/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Corvallis, Oregon nonprofit organizations to deliver services to low income residents with critical needs. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to the full proposal. In addition, first-time applicants are required to schedule a meeting with program staff before submitting an application. Funding is intended to support programs that benefit homeless families, unaccompanied youth, survivors of domestic violence, the elderly, people with disabilities, and low income individuals and families.

The Human Services Fund will support the delivery of services to low income people in the community who have critical needs. In alignment with regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and applied under the guidance of the Corvallis Consolidated Plan, the expenditure of Community Development Block Grant funds must provide a direct benefit to low, very low and/or extremely low income people. (For the Consolidated Plan, see Supporting Documents below.)

The three identified needs, which would be addressed through Human Services Fund investments, include: Addressing homelessness; helping people with special needs; and helping people with low incomes. Within these larger categories the following priorities have been established:

1) People who are homeless:

- Homeless/chronically homeless individuals
- Homeless/chronically homeless families with children
- Unaccompanied youth
- Survivors of domestic violence

2) People with special needs:

- Elderly/frail elderly
- Persons with mental, physical and/or developmental disabilities
- Persons with alcohol or other addictions

3) People who have low incomes:

- Extremely low income individuals and families (income at or below 30% of median)
- Very low income individuals and families (income at or below 50% of median)
- Low income individuals and families (income at or below 80% of median)

HUD has also established regulations that stipulate the ways in which CDBG funds may be expended for the types of activities the City anticipates supporting through the Human Services Fund. When CDBG funds are used for the first time to underwrite a non-profit agency’s delivery of human services, they may be used only for activities that will support:

- A new program, project or service;
- An existing program, project or service not currently being supported with other City funding; or
- The incremental expansion of an existing program, project or service (which may be receiving other City funds, but for which CDBG funds would provide expansion funding only).

All agency programs supported with Human Services Fund resources must meet the following requirements:

1. Commercial General Liability insurance, Occurrence Form, including personal injury, bodily injury and property damage with limits of not less than $2,000,000 per occurrence/$2,000,000 general aggregate.
2. Agencies will be required to certify that they have performed criminal background checks for any employees, volunteers, or other representatives who will have contact with agency clients in carrying out the City’s Human Services Fund contract.

(For additional specifications on these requirements, see the Request for Proposal in Supporting Documents below.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148677

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund will apply a minimum award amount of $10,000 per award.

Term of Contract:

This round of funding from the Human Services Fund would support activities delivered during the one-year period beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

The Human Services Fund will be allocated only on a year-to-year basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

First time applicants are required to include proof of their agency’s 501(c)(3) status with their application.

Pre-Application Information:

In order to be considered for funding, agencies must submit a letter of intent. Letters of intent are to be delivered by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018, to Kent Weiss, City of Corvallis Housing and Neighborhood Services Division. Letters may also be hand-delivered to City Hall. Human Services Fund applications will not be accepted from agencies that do not submit a letter of intent by 5:00 p.m. on this date.

The Proposal Submission Deadline is January 18, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Proposals are to be returned to the City (Housing and Neighborhood Services Division) by mail or in person. Faxed proposals will not be accepted.Three proposals are required - 1 signed original, 1 copy, and 1 electronic. The required electronic copy may be submitted on disk, thumb drive or via e-mail.

If your agency is seeking funding for the first time or for a first-time activity, the City requires that you contact us to schedule a pre-proposal meeting to discuss your activity. Returning applicants are also welcome to request a meeting to discuss an activity that has been funded in the past but are not required to do so. Meetings may be scheduled to occur any time before December 14, 2018. Please call Kent Weiss to arrange a meeting time.

The Human Services Fund should not be considered a permanent source of program funding, and will be allocated only on a year-to-year basis. However, a project, program or service that is receiving CDBG funding in FY 18-19 may be considered again for funding.

A Human Services Fund Applicant/Grant Management Handbook has been developed by Housing and Neighborhood Services Division staff to provide guidance for agencies as they complete a funding application, as well as to prepare them for managing program funding if awarded. (See link to the Handbook in Supporting Documents below.)

For further information or questions about delivery of proposals, contact Kent Weiss.

Important Note: Because the future of the CDBG program remains uncertain and a federal budget for FFY 2019 has not yet been approved by Congress, it is not certain whether allocations of Human Services Fund resources will be continued in the future. The Request for Proposals has been prepared so that, should Human Services Fund allocations continue, activities will be ready to fund beginning in July of 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Deliver the letter of intent to:

Kent Weiss, City of Corvallis Housing and Neighborhood Services Division
Attn: HSF
P.O. Box 1083
Corvallis, OR 97339

Or by hand-delivery to:

City Hall
501 SW Madison Avenue

(541) 766-6555

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