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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits for Projects that Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Residents in Eligible Regions

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
163875

Funding Source
City of Annapolis
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: City of Annapolis

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/07/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations for neighborhood improvement projects that benefit low- and moderate-income residents in eligible regions. Funding is intended for community development and housing projects, as well as public service activities. Eligible programs benefit residents in the City of Annapolis.

The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate-income.

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.
  • All proposed projects must be located in the City and benefit primarily Annapolis citizens.

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:

  1. Serving individuals or households that earn 80 percent of area median income (AMI) and below (see chart below which will update in FY 2024), or
  2. Serving persons presumed to be LMI such as those with special needs, persons with disabilities, homeless persons and the elderly, or
  3. 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
  • Homeless Goals
  • Special Needs Goals
  • Community Development Goals
  • Employment Goals
  • Administration Goals

For more information on these goals, see https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/View/28519/Community-Development-Block-Grant-Application-2025-PDF#page=5.

For information about eligible activities, see https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/View/28519/Community-Development-Block-Grant-Application-2025-PDF#page=6.

For selection criteria, see https://www.annapolis.gov/DocumentCenter/View/28519/Community-Development-Block-Grant-Application-2025-PDF#page=9.



Recipient

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.

Ineligible
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
Applications are due Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

Timeline:
- Oct. 2023: CDBG staff sends application availability notification to nonprofit and quasi-governmental organizations for projects eligible for CDBG funding. City staff assists community groups and nonprofit organizations in developing proposals.
- Nov. 2023: The Affordable Housing and Community Equity Development Commission (AHCEDC) holds the first HUD required public hearing to ascertain community problems and issues and to review FY 2021 CDBG progress.
- Dec. 2023 – Jan.2024: Applications are due on December 7, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. Following submittal, CDBG staff reviews proposals to determine eligibility and threshold requirements. Ineligible projects will be returned to the applicant and are not sent forward.
- February 2024: Only if requested by AHCEDC, applicants present projects to the AHCEDC.
- March 2024: CDBG staff presents the CDBG budget to the AHCEDC for review. Staff completes the Action Plan which includes all the recommended projects.
- April 2024: CDBG staff publishes a notice in the local newspaper inviting the public to comment on the Action Plan and attend a second HUD required public hearing in April. The comment period is 30 days – April 1 – April 30.
May * 2024: City Council votes on the City Budget. The CDBG Staff submits the FY 2025 Action Plan to HUD May 15, 2024.
- June * 2024: Mayor notifies each applicant of the award amount the organization will receive.
- July - August * 2024: HUD approves the Action Plan and releases the funds through the environmental review process. The funds are available beginning July 1, 2024 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

At this time all meetings will be virtual. If you have a disability or Limited English Proficiency and require special accommodations, please contact the funding source five business days prior to the meeting.

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.

Those submitting a new or first-time proposal are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Wellman (see Contact Information below) to discuss their proposal before submitting an application.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$306,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Of this amount, the city will spend 65 percent on housing and community development projects, 15 percent on public service activities and 20% on program administration.

Term of Contract
The funds are available beginning July 1, 2024 for the selected projects.

The organization must complete the project by the end of the program year (June 30, 2024), unless otherwise agreed upon.

Contact Information
Submit applications to:
ATTN: Theresa Wellman
tcw@annapolis.gov

Applicants may obtain a DUNS number by calling 1-866-705-5711.

To discuss whether a specific project meets both HUD’s and the City’s requirements, you may contact Theresa Wellman, Community Development Administrator at (410) 263-7961 extension 7798 or e-mail tcw@annapolis.gov.

Office of Community Development
Department of Planning and Zoning
145 Gorman Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-7961
410-263-1129 (fax)
Maryland Relay 711
PlanZone@annapolis.gov

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