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2018-2019 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Public Services Grants

Grants to Chapel Hill, North Carolina Nonprofits
for Community and Economic Development

Agency Type:

Local

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Town of Chapel Hill and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Conf. Date:

01/09/18

Deadline Date:

02/06/18

Description:

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Grants to Chapel Hill, North Carolina nonprofit organizations to promote the development of livable urban communities. The purpose of this program is to improve economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. Applications may address housing, homelessness, community development, economic development, and other special needs.

Background:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually awards funding to state and local governments, to support community planning and development activities and promote integrated approaches to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations.

HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-530.1 et seq. View CDBG Laws and Regulations

Responsibilities as a HUD Subrecipient:

Subrecipients and grantees share joint responsibility for carrying out permitted activities in conformance with applicable Federal requirements. Grantees and subrecipients are partners. In return for Federal funding, grantees and subrecipients must agree to comply with the laws and regulations governing the use of those funds. A central principle is that most of the Federal requirements imposed on the grantee are passed along to you, the subrecipient. As more experienced subrecipients can attest, the more you know about the rules, the more efficient you can be in designing and conducting your activities. Playing by the rules does not detract from your performance; it enhances it (and enables you to continue receiving funds).

Regulatory compliance and performance go hand-in-hand. Performance measurement is an effective management technique that enables grantees to analyze the benefits of their investments. It is a mechanism that tracks the progression of projects and evaluates their overall program effectiveness. These federal programs require that each grantee submit a performance and evaluation report concerning the use of these federal funds, together with an assessment of the relationship of the use of funds to the objectives identified in the grantee’s Consolidated Plan. Subrecipients are required to establish goals and measure their performance in a manner consistent with HUD’s performance measurement system.

Successful programs depend upon (1) supporting cooperative, problem-solving relationships among HUD, grantees, and subrecipients; (2) working toward continuous improvement in regulatory compliance and timely program performance; (3) maintaining open and frequent communications among all participants; and (4) focusing on preventing problems first, rather than curing them later.

Finally, in using Federal funds, the cardinal rule is: documentation. The achievement of program goals and the completion of activities must be supported by adequate documentation of the facts. If your activities, personnel, procedures, expenditures, and results are not documented properly, from the Federal Government’s perspective, you have not done your job, regardless of your accomplishments. Appropriate records are the lifeblood of all successful agencies.

2015-2019 Orange County Consortium Consolidated Plan:
Each spring, the Town Council allocates CDBG funding to organizations which operate programs or provide housing that benefits low- and moderate-income peoples. These allocation decisions are guided by the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan which is a document that provides information concerning how the Orange County HOME Consortium plans to address certain important housing and community development needs of its low- and moderate- income residents during the next five years.

Applications must indicate the Consolidated Plan Priority Need, to be addressed by this program:
-Priority #1: Housing
-Priority #2: Homeless
-Priority #3: Other Special Needs
-Priority #4: Community Development
-Priority #5: Economic Development

Please select the one most appropriate objective and outcome for your project/program:

-Objective #1: Creating suitable living environments – these activities are designed to benefit communities, families, or individuals by addressing issues in their living environment. This objective relates to activities that are intended to address a wide range of issues faced by low- and moderate-income persons, from physical problems with their environment, such as poor quality infrastructure, to social issues such as crime prevention, literacy or elderly health services.

-Objective #2: Providing decent housing – these activities cover a wide range of housing activities generally completed with HOME and CDBG funds. This objective focuses on activities whose purpose is to meet the individual family or community housing needs. It does not include programs where housing is an element of a larger community-wide improvement, since such programs would be more appropriately reported under suitable living environments.

-Objective #3: Creating economic opportunities – applies to activities related to economic development, commercial revitalization, or job creation.

AND

-Outcome #1: Availability/Accessibility – applies to activities that make services, infrastructure, public services, public facilities, housing, or shelter available or accessible to low- and moderate-income people, including persons with disabilities. In this category, accessibility does not refer only to physical barriers, but also to making the basics of daily living available and accessible to low- and moderate-income people where they live.

-Outcome #2: Affordability – applies to activities that provide affordability in a variety of ways to low - and moderate - income people. It can include the creation or maintenance of affordable housing, basic infrastructure hook-ups, or services such as transportation or day care. Affordability is appropriate whenever an activity is lowering the cost, improving the quality, or increasing the affordability of a product or service to benefit a low-income household.

-Outcome #3: Sustainability – applies to activities that are aimed at improving communities or neighborhoods, helping to make them livable or viable by providing benefit to persons of low- and moderate-income or by removing or eliminating slums or blighted areas, through multiple activities or services that sustain communities or neighborhoods.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167471

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A copy of the agency’s IRS tax-exempt letter that confirms its nonprofit status is required.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Human Services Funding Application Orientation Workshop is scheduled for November 28, 2017, 9:00 AM. This workshop will provide an overview of the application, process, and submittal requirements, for Human Services Funding. Although there are different applications for CDBG and HOME, the basic information is the same, so potential CDBG/HOME applicants are encouraged to attend.

Application Q&A sessions are scheduled for December 5, 2017 and January 9, 2018. Both sessions will be held at 9:00 AM. Q&A sessions provide an opportunity to ask staff, one-on-one, specific questions regarding your application.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for CDBG applications was originally set for January 23 and is now extended to February 6, 2018.

The Chapel Hill Town Council will hold a public forum on Monday, March 19, in the Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chamber, to receive public comments on a preliminary 2018-2019 CDBG Program Plan.

Timeline:
-November 1, 2017: Annual Public Needs Assessment Hearing
-November 7, 2017: The 2018-2019 CDBG and HOME funding applications are available.
-November 28, 2017: 9 a.m. Human Services Funding Application Orientation Workshop
-December 5, 2017: 9 a.m. Application Q & A
-January 9, 2018: 9 a.m. Application Q & A
-February 6, 2018: Funding Application Submittal Deadline
-March 19, 2018 (Tentative Date): Public Forum
-April 9, 2018 (Tentative Date): Adoption of the 2018-2019 CDBG and HOME Program Plans

For more information about the CDBG program, please visit the Federal CDBG website:
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/programs/

Contact Information:

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

Direct application questions to cdbg@townofchapelhill.org. Please allow at least 3 business days for a response.

Staff Contacts:

Loryn Clark, Executive Director
lclark@townofchapelhill.org

Renee Moye, Community Development Program Manager
cdbg@townofchapelhill.org

Housing & Community
Town Hall, 3rd Floor
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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USA: North Carolina: Town of Chapel Hill