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Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Grants to Huntington Beach, California Nonprofits and
Agencies to Benefit Low and Moderate Income Households

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City of Huntington Beach

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01/19/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Huntington Beach, California nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for a broad range of services benefitting low and moderate income residents. Funding is also available for selected capital projects that result in construction and developments.

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), though the federal budget process, allocates funds to communities who carry out the national objectives of the CDBG program: to benefit Low-Moderate Income persons, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or to meet an urgent community need. Seventy percent (70%) of funds benefit persons of 80% median income or less.

The following activities may be eligible for CDBG funding:
-Child Care
-Youth Services
-Services for Senior Citizens
-Crime Prevention
-Educational Programs
-Food Pantries
-Drug Abuse Counseling and Treatment
-Health Care Services
-Public Safety Services
-Fair Housing Activities
-Job Training/Creation/Retention
-Public Facility Acquisition/Upgrades
-Recreational Activities
-New Housing Construction

Eligible projects must meet one of the following required CDBG National Objectives:

(1) Benefit Low to Moderate Income (LMI) Persons – those persons whose household income is equal to or less than 80% of the area median family gross income, adjusted to family size in Orange County as defined by HUD. Most public services and facilities projects funded by Huntington Beach are in the LMI category.

(2) Prevent/Eliminate Slum/Blight – Addresses slum or blight conditions. Housing rehabilitation and Code Enforcement typically fall into this category.

(3) Meet an Urgent Need – This objective is for communities having a particular urgent need as a result of disaster or other community threat to health and welfare and other financial resources are not available to address the need. Note that the City of Huntington Beach has no identified “urgent needs.” Therefore, applications submitted with this National Objective are ineligible.

Public Service Projects:

Public service projects provide social services or other direct services to households or individuals or households living in the City of Huntington Beach. Public service projects must demonstrate that the project benefits LMI persons through one of the following methods:

(1) Low to Moderate Income Individuals: Agencies must collect a beneficiary application, proof of residence, identification, household income verifications, and demographic information for each applicant.

(2) Limited Clientele Activities: These activities will benefit a limited clientele who is presumed to be low to moderate income. HUD presumed clientele categories include: elderly persons aged 62 and older; homeless persons; migrant farm workers; persons living with HIV/AIDS; battered spouses; abused children; severely disabled adults; illiterate persons (includes non-English speakers).

(3) Area Benefit Activities: The activity will benefit all residents in the CDBG-eligible Census Tracts, where at least 47.83% of the residents are LMI persons and which is primarily residential in nature. CDBG regulations require documentation of area boundaries served.

Community and Economic Development Projects:

These primarily include general business/organization support and direct homeownership assistance programs. Direct cash payments to individual clients are not an eligible project activity.

(1) Job Creation of Retention Activities: An activity designed to create or retain permanent jobs, where at least 51% of the jobs, computed on a full-time equivalent basis, involve the employment or low-to-moderate income persons. CDBG regulations require the Subrecipient to document one of the following:

a. For an activity that creates jobs, the Subrecipient must document that at least 51% of the jobs will be held by, or will be available to, low to moderate income persons, and

b. For an activity that retains jobs, the Subrecipient must document that the jobs would have been lost without CDBG assistance and that either both:
i. The job is known to be held by a low to moderate income person or the job can reasonably be expected to turn over within the following two years; and
ii. Steps will be taken to ensure it will be filled by, or made available to a low or moderate income person upon turnover.

(2) Housing Activities: An activity carried out for the purpose of providing or improving permanent residential structures which, upon completion, shall be occupied by 51% low to moderate income households. CDBG regulations require the Subrecipient to document the number of households served, number of units completed, and demographics and income level of the household occupying the unit.

(3) Capital Improvement Projects (May only be requested by City Departments): These generally refer to projects that would result in improvements to public facilities, infrastructure and other eligible improvements. Funding for improvements to City-owned facilities, water/sewer improvements, street improvements and other public right-of-way improvements may only be requested by City Departments.

All projects must target one or more of the Priority Needs and goals of the City of Huntington Beach 2015- 2019 Consolidated Plan:

Each proposed CDBG project must:
(1) Be an eligible activity consistent with the provisions of HUD Title 24 CFR 570, Subpart C;
(2) Demonstrate compliance with HUD’s National Objective of providing benefit to Low and Moderate Income persons;
(3) Provide assistance and services to City of Huntington Beach residents only.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167449

Estimated Size of Grant:

The City will not consider any grant requests below $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must have the financial capacity to immediately carry out the project beginning July 1, 2018 and complete it by June 30, 2019. Public facilities projects may continue their projects beyond the one-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible agencies are limited to nonprofit organizations and City departments.

The following are ineligible for funding:
-Those activities not meeting a CDBG National Objective;
-Acquisition, construction or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government;
-Political or religious activities;
-Construction of new housing.

Pre-Application Information:

As of the publication of this document, the City of Huntington Beach has not yet been advised of its estimated funding allocation for 2018/2019. The City anticipates that funding will be at or below the 2017/2018 allocation of $1,033,767. Note that HUD regulations limit the City to utilizing only up to 15% of its total annual allocation for projects in the public service category.

All application submissions must be received by January 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

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Contact Information:

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

Simone Slifman
(714) 375-5186

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: City of Huntington Beach