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Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Grants to Annapolis, Maryland Nonprofits for Local
Community and Economic Development Projects

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City of Annapolis

Deadline Date:

12/08/17 4:30 PM Receipt

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Grants to Annapolis, Maryland nonprofit organizations to promote the development for a range of local community and economic development initiatives. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. Activities must primarily benefit low and moderate-income communities.

HUD requires that the activities funded with CDBG funds meet the following criteria:
-The project must meet a HUD National Objective.
-The project must meet local goals and objectives as outlined in the City’s Consolidated Housing and Community Plan.
-The project must be eligible based on HUD’s definition.

National Objectives:

To qualify for CDBG funds, a project must meet the Low and Moderate Income (LMI) Benefit National Objective. This means that an activity must benefit LMI persons or households. This is accomplished by:

a. Serving individuals or households that earn 80 percent of area median income (AMI) and below, or
b. Serving persons presumed to be LMI such as those with special needs, persons with disabilities, homeless persons and the elderly, or
c. The project must be located in an area predominantly inhabited by LMI residents.

Local Objectives:

In addition to meeting a “national objective” applicants are required to develop projects that meet at least one of the City’s local objectives (below) outlined in the City's Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.

Housing Goals:
-Continue to provide financial assistance to low and moderate-income homeowners to rehabilitate their existing owner-occupied housing.
-Provide support to affordable housing developers/owners to rehabilitate housing units that are rented to low and moderate-income tenants.
-Increase the supply of decent, safe, sound, and accessible housing that is affordable to owners and renters in the community through rehabilitation of vacant buildings and new construction.
-Promote fair housing choice through education and outreach in the community.
-Assist low and moderate income households to become homeowners by providing down payment assistance, closing cost assistance, and requiring housing counseling training.
-Support the local public housing authority in its efforts to improve and maintain the existing public housing communities, and promote homeownership programs through the use of Section 8 Vouchers for home purchase.

Homeless Goals:
-Support the Continuum of Care (CoC): Support the local CoC’s efforts to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing to persons and families who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
-Assist providers in the operation of housing and support services for the homeless and persons at-risk of becoming homeless.
-Continue to support the prevention of homelessness and programs for Rapid Re-Housing.
-Support the development of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families.

Special Needs Goals:
-Increase the supply of affordable, decent, safe, sound, and accessible housing for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and persons with other special needs through rehabilitation of existing buildings and new construction.
-Improve the accessibility of renter-occupied housing by making reasonable accommodations for the physically disabled.
-Increase the supply of affordable, decent, safe, sound, and accessible housing for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and persons with other special needs through rehabilitation of existing buildings and new construction.
-Improve the accessibility of renter-occupied housing by making reasonable accommodations for the physically disabled.

Community Development Goals:
-Support improvement or construction of public facilities serving low and moderate-income neighborhoods.
-Support Vital Public Services concerned with assisting children and youth, providing persons with office skills training and job training, providing persons with information and referral and other services that promote family stability and self-sufficiency.

Employment Goals:
-Support job creation and economic development by assisting microenterprises.

Administration Goals:
-Provide program management and oversight for the successful administration of Federal, state, and local funded programs, including planning services for special studies, environmental clearance, fair housing, and compliance with all Federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Eligible Activities:

HUD regulations also specify categories of activities that are eligible for CDBG funding. Generally, the two types of projects are:

-Public Service Activities (e.g. operating expenses for human services). The City is restricted by law to spending no more than 15% of its funds on public service activities.
-Capital Projects (e.g., construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, demolition, clearance, etc.).

According to federal CDBG regulations outlined at 24 CFR 570, the basic eligible activities include a variety of uses including homeownership activities, rental housing activities, public facilities, and public services.

The following list includes possible activities that organizations may implement with CDBG dollars:
-Provision of public services, including but not limited to those concerned with crime prevention, drug abuse, education, homebuyer down payment assistance, energy conservation, and recreational needs.
-Acquisition of real property by purchase, long-term lease, or donation.
-Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes.
-Clearance, demolition, and removal of buildings and improvements.
-Repairs to sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, publicly owned utilities and public buildings (in areas showing physical deterioration).
-Relocation payments and other assistance for permanently and temporarily relocated individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and farm operations.
-Housing services, housing counseling, loan processing, and inspections
-Direct homeownership assistance to low or moderate-income households.
-Rehabilitation and Preservation of privately owned buildings, low-income public housing, publicly or commercially owned industrial buildings, nonprofit owned non-residential buildings, and manufactured housing.
-Code enforcement, including costs incurred for inspection for code violations and enforcement of codes in deteriorating or deteriorated areas.
-Historic preservation, including rehabilitation, preservation, or restoration of publicly and privately owned historic properties.
-Economic Development Activities including the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of commercial or industrial buildings or real property; the provision of assistance (such as loans, grants, and technical assistance) to private nonprofit business; microenterprise assistance to facilitate economic development, including financial support (such as grants and loans), technical assistance, and counseling.
-Activities by Community-Based Development Organizations (CBDOs) as grants or loans to any CDBO qualified to carry out neighborhood revitalization, community economic development, or energy conservation projects. CBDOs qualifying under HUD criteria are organizations organized under state or local laws to engage in community development activities in specific geographic areas within communities. The complete list of HUD criteria for qualifying as a CBDO can be found at 24 CFR 570.204.
-Planning, Urban Environmental Design and Policy-Planning-Management- Capacity Building Activities including planning activities which consist of data gathering, studies, analysis, preparation of plans and the identification of actions that will implement such plans.
-Policy-planning-management-capacity building activities that enable a recipient to determine its needs, set goals and objectives, and devise, evaluate, and carry out projects and activities.

In addition to the HUD requirements discussed previously, the City also takes into consideration the following factors when evaluating a CDBG project for funding:
-The recommended activities must provide maximum public benefits relative to cost.
-The organization must define the outcomes and measurement of those outcomes
-The project must leverage other funding sources to the greatest extent possible, demonstrating cost-sharing opportunities, and in-kind contributions.
-The project must be ready to go which may include factors such as zoning compliance, site control, funding other than CDBG it committed, etc. If the proposal is a capital project, project cost estimates must be accurate and reflect Davis-Bacon wage rates, if applicable.
-The project cannot duplicate services offered by another organization.
-The sponsor must have the administrative capacity to carry out the project, e.g., has
previous experience with similar projects.
-The Applicant must demonstrate financial capacity/stability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163875

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$230,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) agencies serving Annapolis residents. Organizations based outside the City may be eligible as long as the majority of the proposed beneficiaries are City of Annapolis residents.

All proposed projects must be located in the City and benefit primarily Annapolis citizens. If the project is not located in the City, please provide documentation that shows the project serves primarily Annapolis residents.

Ineligible Activities:
-Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government, general government expenses, political activities.
-Purchase of construction equipment, fire protection equipment, furnishings and personal properties, operating, and maintenance expenses.
-Income payments.
-Construction of new housing.

Pre-Application Information:

In Fiscal Year 2019, which begins July 1, 2018, the City expects to receive approximately $230,000 in CDBG funds. Of this amount, the city will spend 85 percent on housing and community development projects and 15 percent on public service activities.

Please note all organizations must provide their Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) in the application for funding. Organizations should verify that they have a DUNS number or take steps needed to obtain one as soon as possible.

The Community Development staff is available to help you with technical advice and to answer any questions you might have. To discuss whether a specific project meets both HUD’s and the City’s requirements, you may contact Theresa Wellman (details below).

Those submitting a new or first-time proposal are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Wellman to discuss their proposal before submitting an application.

The City of Annapolis will accept applications from Thursday, November 15, 2017 to the deadline Friday, December 8, 2017. Applications must be received at the City Planning and Zoning Office by Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:30 PM.

The CDBG process for FY 2019 is as follows:

-Oct. 2017: CDBG staff sends out applications to nonprofit organizations and interested citizens for projects eligible for CDBG funding. City staff assists community groups and nonprofit organizations in developing proposals.

-Nov. 2017: HCDC holds a needs public hearing to ascertain community problems and issues and to review CDBG progress in FY 2017.

-Dec. 2017: Applications are due on December 8, 2017 at 4:30 PM. Following submittal, CDBG staff reviews proposals to determine eligibility and prepares questions for the February public hearing. Ineligible projects will be returned to the applicant and are not sent forward.

-Jan. - Mar. 2018: The HCDC holds the 2nd public hearing to hear presentations on the projects by the project sponsors. The CDBG Staff makes funding recommendations to HCDC. The HCDC selects the projects to recommend to the City Council for funding.

-April 2018*: The HCDC submits its recommendations to the City Council for inclusion in the City’s FY 2019 budget and Action Plan. The Action Plan is the City’s application to HUD for the CDBG funds. The recommendations are reviewed and approved by the Mayor and City Council. CDBG staff publishes a notice in the local newspaper inviting the public to comment on the Action Plan at a second public hearing public hearing in April.

-May * 2018: The CDBG Staff submits the FY 2019 Action Plan to HUD May 15, 2018.

-June * 2018: CDBG staff completes the environmental review process for capital projects and notifies the awarded applicants.

-July - August * 2018: HUD approves the Action Plan and releases the funds through the environmental review process. The funds are available beginning July 1, 2018 for the selected projects. All CDBG awarded applicants must have an executed Subrecipient Agreement with the City prior to disbursement of funds.

* Deadlines in the months above may adjust based on when the City receives its allocation from HUD

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions to:

Theresa Wellman, Community Development Administrator
(410) 263-7961, ext. 7798
tcw@annapolis.gov

Submit applications to:

City of Annapolis
Department of Planning and Zoning
Community Development Division
ATTN: Theresa Wellman
145 Gorman Street, 3rd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401

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