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Community Enhancement Grant

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Raleigh, Housing and Neighborhoods Department, Community Development Division

Conf. Date:

12/03/21

Deadline Date:

01/10/22 3:00 PM ET - Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $60,000 to North Carolina nonprofit and faith-based organizations in eligible locations for affordable housing and public services for low- and moderate-income families. Applicants must attend a pre-application meeting before applying. Public services must be either a new service or an expansion of an existing service in the City of Raleigh.

The primary objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments and economic development opportunities, principally to low- and moderate-income residents.

The Housing and Neighborhoods Department supports new or expanded services by nonprofit organizations to low-income residents or other populations such as seniors, abused children, battered spouses, severely disabled adults, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, or migrant farm workers. 

Funding priorities are:

  • Projects that serve:
    • Persons who are exiting homelessness
    • Extremely low-income persons (incomes at or below 30% AMI)
    • Low-income youth
    • Persons who are disabled
    • Victims of domestic violence
    • Persons living with HIV/AIDS
    • Seniors
  • New projects that address demonstrated gaps in services for low- and moderate-income persons

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting households successfully exit homelessness
  • Assisting ex-offenders reintegrate into civil society
  • Job training
  • Youth tutoring/gang prevention
  • Substance abuse prevention/treatment
  • Counseling
  • Child care
  • Services for older adults

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166609

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$200,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

To be eligible, applications must request at least $10,000 but no more than $60,000.

Term of Contract:

July 1—June 30: Contract period for awarded grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Enhancement Grant is given each year to nonprofit and faith-based organizations to build human capacity within blighted or low- and moderate-income areas.

Applicant must submit their Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

The following are not eligible to be funded through the Community Enhancement Grant:
- General administrative support/general agency operations
- Housing construction
- Public services for persons with incomes greater than 80% of area median income (AMI)

Applicant Requirements
a) Must have an adequate financial management system in place to maintain effective control and accountability over all funds, property, and other assets covered by this proposal.
b) Must be able to produce sufficient backup documentation for costs of the project and files for review and audit.
c) Must have adequate internal management procedures and separation of duties to prevent fraud and abuse.
d) Must have no outstanding audit deficiencies, findings, or disallowed costs from previous projects or activities.
e) Must have a Board of Directors that meets on a regular basis (monthly preferred).
f) Request must not exceed 50% of the total project budget.
g) Request must not exceed 25% of the agency’s total actual operating expenses for fiscal year 2019-2020.

Please note that purchase of small electronics such as computers, pads/tablets, telephones, and accessories is not an eligible cost for the Community Enhancement Grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshops:

Attendance at one of these workshops is a prerequisite for consideration of an Applicant's application. Prospective Applicants must attend one of these workshops and are encouraged to submit written questions in advance. A summary of all questions and answers will be posted on the internet as an addendum, located under this RFP being modified.

In order to apply, applicants must have attended one of the two Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshops held on December 1 and 3. To join, please see the Zoom links below:
- December 1, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Join at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87402359439
- December 3, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Join at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85788808922

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- RFP Advertisement Date: Monday, November 22, 2021
- Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshop: Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 2-4PM or Friday, December 3, 2021, 2-4PM
- Deadline for written questions: Friday, December 10, 2021, 4PM
- City Response to questions (anticipated): Friday, December 17, 2021, 4PM
- Proposal Due Date and Time: Monday, January 10, 2022, 3PM
- Selection Announced at Council Meeting (tentative): March 2022

Late proposals will not be accepted.

Community Enhancement Grant Cycle
The annual grant cycle is similar each year and generally follows this sequence:
- November: Request for Proposals(RFP) made public.
- December: Mandatory workshops are held for any agency wishing to apply.
- January: Proposals are due.
- January-March: Review Committee reviews and scores proposals.
- March/April: Review Committee makes recommendations for funding public, as part of the Annual Action Plan process.
- May: City Council makes the final decision on funding.
- July 1-June 30: Contract period for awarded grants (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023).

No program will be awarded funds more than two years in a row.

Contact Information:

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

Submit proposals:

By US Postal Service:
City of Raleigh
Attn: Samantha Weintraub
City of Raleigh
PO Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602
RFP No & Title

By other means:
City of Raleigh
Attn: Samantha Weintraub
City of Raleigh
421 Fayetteville St, 12th Floor, Suite 1200
Raleigh, NC 27601
RFP No & TItle

The necessary application form, budget form, and scorecard can be obtained by emailing the City of Raleigh Housing and Neighborhoods Department staff – Samantha Weintraub at samantha.weintraub@raleighnc.gov.

Funding or Pin Number:

274-11222021CEG

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: North Carolina: Raleigh

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