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Grants to Arlington, Texas Nonprofits and Agencies
for Community and Economic Development Activities

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City of Arlington

Deadline Date:

12/04/17 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Arlington, Texas nonprofit organizations and government agencies for a range of public services or community and economic development projects. Activities must benefit low or moderate-income city residents, or promote the elimination or prevention and slums or blight.

Projects must primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents of the City of Arlington. Activities provided city-wide include projects, public services, homebuyers’ assistance, housing rehabilitation, homeless prevention and assistance, and tenant-based rental assistance.

In the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, two target areas were identified as areas in need of neighborhood improvements and investment of funds: the Central Arlington Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) and the East Arlington area.

The Central Arlington Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) includes 57 percent low- to moderate-income (LMI) individuals, a 26 percent poverty rate, and a high concentration of minority citizens. In general, the NRSA boundaries are Sanford/Randol Mill on the North, Collins on the East, Abram on the South and Crowley Road on the West.

The East Arlington Target area includes 67 percent low- to moderate-income (LMI) individuals, and has a 32 percent poverty rate and is also targeted for concentrated improvements in the Consolidated Plan. The East Arlington Target area is generally bounded by Fielder/Davis on the West, Abram on the North, Highway 360 on the East and Arkansas on the South.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan Measurable Objectives:

By regulation, HUD grant funds must be used to meet the measurable objectives of the City of Arlington Consolidated Plan. Measurable objectives are developed after an analysis of existing conditions, community needs, and an extensive citizen participation process. City Council priorities and the United Way community assessments provide additional, ongoing direction for community development programs. The priority matrix provides an overview of the relationship among these priority areas and the Consolidated Plan. Plans and studies from a variety of sources were compiled to identify trends and potential partnerships.

The guidelines illustrate the priority community development needs outlined in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. A priority classification was assigned to each activity type based on the extent of community need. High priority indicates activities to address this need will be targeted for funding by the City of Arlington during the five-year strategic planning period. Medium priority indicates that activities to address this need may be funded by the City of Arlington during the five-year strategic planning period, if funds are available. The City will also take action to help groups locate other sources of funds for high and medium priority activities. Low priority indicates that the City of Arlington will not fund activities to address this need during the five-year strategic planning period.

High Priority Needs:

Economic Development
1) Business and Job Development
2) Infrastructure Improvements
3) Public Facility Development/Improvement
4) Neighborhood Development and Revitalization

Quality Housing Opportunities
1) Housing Rehabilitation
2) Homebuyer Program
3) Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
4) Housing Development

Neighborhood Development and Revitalization

1) Infrastructure Improvements
2) Public Facility Development/Improvement
3) Neighborhood Development and Revitalization

Social Service Support
1) Identify and fund collaborative projects that increase efficiency or effectiveness of social service providers by consolidating programs and services.
2) Fund nonprofit agencies providing Social Services to eligible Arlington residents to the maximum allowed under the 15% cap. 
3) Enhance the effectiveness of social service resources by encouraging partnerships with other Consolidated Plan goals and activities.

Homeless Services
1) Support the Tarrant County Continuum of Care Strategic Plan Goals to Reduce Homelessness in Arlington.
2.) Support the ”Housing First” strategy by partnering with nonprofits, government agencies and other funding sources to prevent homelessness and rapidly-rehouse newly homeless families.
3) Continue to support Shelter Services to the maximum allowed by ESG. Encourage shelter providers to implement programs that target economic self-sufficiency to minimize the shelter stay.

Minimum Criteria for Receipt of Funding:

The proposed program must:
-Provide services that benefit primarily low- to moderate-income persons residing in the City of Arlington;
-Meet at least one of the Consolidated Plan Measurable Objectives; and
-Meet a HUD National Objective.

CDBG National Objectives:

CDBG activities must qualify under a HUD national objective in order to be eligible to receive funding. The City of Arlington is responsible for assuring that activities undertaken in response to this Request for Proposal meet one of the following national objectives:

1. Benefit low- and moderate-income persons: The criteria for how an activity may be considered to benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons are divided into the following subcategories:

-Area Benefit -- Activities that meet the identified needs of LMI persons residing in an identified service area that is at least 51% residential and 51% of the residents are LMI;
-Limited Clientele -- Activities that benefit a specific group of people, at least 51% of whom are LMI.

2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight: Expenditures under this category are limited to 30% of the City’s annual CDBG expenditures.

Eligible CDBG Activities (Projects Only):

The following list includes the types of projects that may be funded under the CDBG Program, provided that the activity falls into one of the National Objective categories previously described. The following list is not all-inclusive.

A. Acquisition of Real Property for an eligible use;
B. Public Facilities and Improvements, such as: parks, neighborhood centers, youth facilities, and homeless shelters.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163876

Term of Contract:

The contract year begins July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies who deliver services to low-income clients within the City of Arlington’s service area may apply for funding.

All non-profit organizations must have their nonprofit status with supporting documentation from the IRS at the time of application to receive funding through the City of Arlington.

Organizations must demonstrate the financial viability to operate a federally-funded program strictly on a reimbursement basis. A financially viable organization is one that is able to:
-Operate for a minimum of 90 days pending reimbursement without financial hardship;
-Demonstrate an existing and consistent cash flow; and
-Have a separation of duties for personnel time allocations, etc.

Organizations that are current sub-recipients must be in good standing with the City of Arlington, (i.e. have no outstanding reporting delinquencies, outstanding monitoring findings, or program capacity issues) to be considered for funding.

The following list includes the types of activities that may NOT be funded under the CDBG Program. The list is not all-inclusive.

A. Political Activities;
B. Religious Activities;
C. Purchase of equipment, including furnishings, personal property, and fire protection.

In addition, substitution of CDBG funds for current levels of state or local government funding for a service is prohibited.

Pre-Application Information:

It is assumed that limited CDBG funds cannot pay 100% of any project. The City of Arlington highly recommends that organizations provide leveraging funds. Leveraging fund sources include contributions derived from other available sources and the value of third party in-kind contributions, (i.e., volunteers, personnel, office space, materials, equipment and supplies).

City of Arlington funds are provided to awarded projects on a reimbursement basis only. This means that funds will be available to the organization after it has paid for eligible project costs. However, no costs incurred prior to contract approval may be reimbursed.

Timeline:
-December 4, 2017: Deadline for submission of RFP applications (11:59 PM)
-Dec. 2017 - Jan. 2018: City Staff & United Way Grant Review Committee review proposals
-Feb. - March 2018: City Council Community and Neighborhood Development Committee Review
-Feb. - March 2018: Applicants notified regarding preliminary awards
-March - April 2018: 30-day public comment period and public hearings
-March - April 2018: Technical assistance for Exhibits & Reporting
-April - May 2018: City Council Review of Action Plan
-May 2018: Applicants noti ed regarding awards
-June 2018: HUD review and approval
-June 22, 2018: Sub recipient Workshop Arlington City Hall, Council Briefing Room, 3rd floor (10:00 AM)
-July 1, 2018: Contract Year Begins

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2246

Darwin Wade, Grants Supervisor
P: 817-459- 6221
F: 817-459- 6669
Darwin.Wade@arlingtontx.gov

City of Arlington Grants Management
PO Box 90231, Mail Stop 01-0330
Arlington, TX 76004-3231

GrantManagement@Arlingtontx.gov

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