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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to California Nonprofits for Housing
and Economic Opportunities in Palm Desert

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City of Palm Desert

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02/08/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Palm Desert, California nonprofit organizations for community development programs that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income households. The purpose of this program is to expand economic opportunities, ensure suitable living environments, and provide decent housing.

As an entitlement community for the CDBG Program, the City of Palm Desert is awarded funding each year to assist local nonprofit groups and organizations that serve low and moderate-income families and individuals, seniors, and the mentally or physically handicapped. All funds are divided based on the following: 1) Public Service Programs 15%; 2) Capital Improvement Projects 65%; and, 3) Administration 20% (Administration funds can be used for capital improvement projects).

In order to qualify for CDBG funding, all eligible projects must meet one of the following criteria:

1. The activity predominantly benefits low and moderate-income persons (more than 51% of persons benefiting – generally 80% of the area median income).

2. The activity will eliminate slums or blight.

3. The project will meet a need having a particular urgency. The condition of urgency must be of recent origin, generally being developed or critical less than 18 months preceding the application for assistance.

Eligible programs can be defined as:

1. Decent housing: assisting homeless or potentially homeless persons, retention of affordable housing stock, and/or increasing the availability of permanent housing;

2. Suitable living environment: improving the safety and liability of neighborhoods, increasing access to public and private facilities and services, and revitalization of deteriorating/deteriorated neighborhoods; and

3. Expanding economic opportunities: job creation and retention, establishment, stabilization, and expansion of small businesses; and the provision of public services concerned with employment.

Note: Public service programs should focus on activities such as job training and employment services, health care and substance abuse services, child care, crime prevention, counseling, medical, homeless services, or other programs designed to provide a service to 51% or more low income clientele, which must be verified through self-certification forms completed by participants of the program/organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166723

Term of Contract:

Funds may be available for approved agencies and/or organizations upon HUD approval after July 1. Reimbursement for qualifying expenditures will be retroactive to July 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to local nonprofit groups and organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

On December 14, 2017, the City will hold a Public Hearing for comment. Applications then become available.

On January 10, 2018, the City will hold a Community Meeting at 9 a.m.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted to the address listed below no later than 5:00 PM on February 8 of the application year. if February 8 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the following Monday.

Award Process:

-December 14, 2017: The City will hold a Public Hearing for comment and applications become available.

-January 10, 2018: The City will hold a Community Meeting at 9 a.m.

-February 8, 2018: Deadline to submit applications.

-March 2018: All applications will be submitted to the City’s Outside Agency Funding Commission for review and recommendation.

-May 10, 2018: City Council will hold its final Public Hearing for comment on the One-Year Action Plan which outlines proposed use of CDBG funding. Upon City Council approval, the plan will be sent to HUD for review and final approval.

-September/October 2018: Upon receipt of final approval from HUD, the City will notify all applicants of whether or not they were approved for funding. For those approved, funds will be available retroactive to July 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

City of Palm Desert
Attention: Frankie Riddle
73-510 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

(760) 346-0611, ext. 331

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