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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies for Community Improvement Activities

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

City of New Braunfels


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #152724

Grant Description

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Grants to Texas nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, and housing organizations in eligible regions for community and economic development projects. Funding is intended to support activities that serve low- to moderate-income individuals, aid in the prevention of slum or blight, or meet an urgent community need, such as disaster relief. Eligible projects must be within the city limits of New Braunfels or provide services to New Braunfels residents.

Authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the CDBG Program provides eligible cities and counties with annual formula-based grants. These grants can be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing, offer economic opportunities and improve community facilities and services.

Funding received from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for CDBG activities or projects is used locally to meet priority community needs identified in the City of New Braunfels' Consolidated Plan. All activities carried out with CDBG funding must meet one of the following national objectives:

  • Benefit low and moderate-income persons; Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or Meet community development needs having a particular urgency e.g., response to a hurricane, tornado, flood, or similar disaster

Grant recipients must certify that at least 70% of HUD funds must be expended on behalf of low and moderate-income persons.  

Three (3) separate applications are available for Public Services, Public Facilities, and Housing activities.

Eligible Activities: CDBG funds may be used for activities that include (but are not limited to):

  • Acquisition of real property
  • Disposition of property acquired with CDBG funds
  • Public facilities and improvements
  • Clearance activities (demolition and removal of substandard hazardous structures)
  • Public services (such as child care, health services, job training, counseling, etc.)
  • Relocation
  • Housing services
  • Homeownership assistance
  • Housing rehabilitation
  • Historic preservation
  • Lead-based paint evaluation and reduction
  • Economic development activities
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Energy conservation projects

Detailed descriptions of eligible activities may be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR 570.201) (see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2012-title24-vol3/xml/CFR-2012-title24-vol3-sec570-201.xml), or by calling the City of New Braunfels Housing & Community Development Coordinator.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City of New Braunfels can award Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, or other government agencies for carrying out eligible CDBG activities that meet national objectives and priorities.

Eligible Applicants:
- Existing 501(c)(3) or other non-profit status
- Other Public Agencies such as Public Housing Authorities
- For-Profits with mission to serve low-income persons/families
- City Departments
- Community-Based Housing Organizations (CBHO)(CHDO)

Applicants on the Federal or State de-barred list are not eligible to apply for or receive CDBG funds.

Ineligible Activities:
The general rule is that any activity that is not authorized on the eligible activities list or in the regulations is not eligible to be assisted with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The following section identifies specific activities that may not be paid for with CDBG funding:
- Buildings used for the general conduct of government
- General government expenses
- Political activities
- Purchase of equipment, including construction equipment, fixtures, motor vehicles, furnishings, and other personal property (unless part of a public service of grant administrative expense)
- Operating and maintenance expenses, including maintenance and repair of streets, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer facilities, neighborhood facilities, senior centers, centers for persons with disabilities, parking and other public facilities and improvements
- New housing construction
- Income payments for subsistence (welfare payments)

Pre-Application Information:

The City is requesting applications from February 8, 2022, to March 10, 2022. Applications are due by March 10, 2022, no later than 4:00 PM (local time).

Timeline:
- Application Workshop and Applications Available: February 8, 2022
- Application Submission Deadline: March 10th at 4:00 PM (local time)
- CDAC Q&A; location TBD: April 20th
- CDAC Ranks Applications & Funding Recommendations: May 3rd
- Public Hearing at City Council Meeting: June 27th
- City Council Approves Funding Recommendations: July 11th
- HUD Review/Approval/Release of Funding: * By approximately October 1st
* Housing activities and some public facility projects require a Release of Funds from HUD; therefore, funds are typically available in November.

First time applicants are encouraged to submit a description of the requested activity by email and/or schedule a meeting with CDBG Program Support Staff.

Previously funded agencies requesting funds for a new activity are encouraged to submit a description of the activity via email to CDBG Program Support Staff.

Application Workshop Recording: https://youtu.be/CHxlrGOS1E0

- Eligible Recipients: https://www.nbtexas.org/94/Eligible-Recipients
- Eligible Activities: https://www.nbtexas.org/92/Eligible-Activities
- Ineligible Activities: https://www.nbtexas.org/93/Ineligible-Activities

Term of Contract:

October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022.

Contact Information:

Hardcopy applications may be submitted to the City Secretary’s Office, ATTN: Jennifer Gates, at 550 Landa Street *or* electronic applications may be submitted to CDBG Program Support Staff.

If you have questions concerning the application, please contact CDBG Program Support Staff:
Jennifer Gates, Grants Coordinator, at JGates@nbtexas.org or Paula Harper, CDBG Consultant, at paula.cstx@gmail.com.

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