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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Grants to Delaware County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
and Agencies for Community Development Projects

Agency Type:

Local

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Delaware County Council - Delaware County Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD)

Conf. Date:

12/07/17

Deadline Date:

01/11/18 4:30 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Delaware County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and municipal governments to promote the development of viable urban communities. This program seeks to increase decent housing and economic opportunities, primarily for low- and moderate-income households.

Since these funds come in a "block" and not in a predetermined spending package, communities are free to determine how the money is to be spent based on individual community development needs. This allows the flexibility to undertake projects which address their specific objectives, provided that they meet the following two criteria:

Program Eligibility:
CDBG funding may be used for, but not limited to, the following activities: Acquisition of real property, relocation and demolition, rehabilitation of residential/nonresidential structures, construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, and neighborhood centers, and the conversion of schools for eligible purposes, handicap access to public buildings, streets, curbs and sidewalks, historic preservation, planning and fair housing. In addition, CDBG funds may be used to pay for public services within certain limits, and for activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources.

Program National Objective
CDBG funds must also meet one of the following National Objectives: benefit low- and moderate-income persons; aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. The County must also give priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167583

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Term of Contract:

The upcoming program year is scheduled to begin July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from municipalities and nonprofit organizations in Delaware County.

All municipalities participate in the County's program except Chester City, Haverford and Upper Darby Townships which receive grants directly from HUD.

The types of activities that are generally ineligible include: buildings for the general conduct of government, political activities, certain income payments, maintenance, and construction of new housing.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Soliciting public input is the first step in preparing the County's HCD Action Plan for FY 2018.

OHCD has scheduled a public hearing to assess the County's housing and community development needs on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 5:00 PM at the Office of Housing and Community Development, 600 N. Jackson Street, Room 101, Media.

Anyone wishing to comment on housing and community development needs, request information on proposed programs, or review program performance, is encouraged to attend this hearing. OHCD staff will be present to discuss issues related to the development of the HCD Plan and address any questions.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM, January 11, 2018.

A proposed list of projects are selected in April and the Plan is finalized in May, preceding a July 1st program year start.

Key Dates:
-October 30, 2017: Application Available
-December 7, 2017: OHCD Needs Assessment Hearing
-January 11, 2018: FY 18 Applications Due at OHCD
-January - March, 2017: OHCD Application Review and Development of Action Plan
-March 21, 2018: County Council Adopts Proposed Action Plan
-March 29 - April 30, 2018: 30-Day Public Comment Period on Proposed Action Plan
-April 11, 2018: County Council Public Hearing on Proposed Action Plan
-May 9, 2018: County Council Adopts Final Action Plan
-May 11, 2018: Final FY 18 Action Plan Submitted to HUD
-July 1, 2018: Start of FY 18 Program Year
-June 30, 2019: End of FY 18 Program Year

Program Information:
http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/hcd/cdbg.html

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has published a guide to selecting eligible activities and addressing a national objective under the CDBG Entitlement Program.

Public officials and citizens may find the guide helpful in selecting local projects for application to the County. While the statute, as amplified by the regulations, provides the authoritative version of program requirements, this guide organizes the information in a more understandable format.

View the guide here:
https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/communitydevelopment/library/stateguide

Contact Information:

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

Linda F. Hill, Director
P: 610-891-5425
F: 610-566-0532
OHCD@co.delaware.pa.us

Housing & Community Development
600 N. Jackson Street,
Suite 101
Media, PA 19063

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Delaware County, excluding Chester City, Haverford, and Upper Darby Townships