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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Housing and Economic
Development Programs in Arlington County

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09/06/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that improve economic and housing conditions for low- to moderate-income Arlington County residents. Funding may be provided for public services, such as senior and youth programs, job training, and neighborhood programs, or for housing development, homeownership, housing rehabilitation, certain economic development programs, and business development.

Successful projects will be responsive to the goals and objectives of the Five Year 2016-2021 Consolidated Plan. The most current funding priorities are outlined in the FY 2016-2021 Consolidated Plan. It is highly recommended that proposed projects address one or more of these objectives.

The Community Development Fund is a pool of funding comprised of a combination of federal, state, and local sources:
- Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- Federal and State Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
- Community Services Block Grant – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (CSBG-TANF)
- Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund, Housing Services (AHIF Services):

While CDBG and CSBG funds make up the majority of funding available under the Community Development Fund, there is the possibility that County staff will, at its sole discretion, consider certain projects that meet specific eligibility criteria for the following funding sources:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Funding Eligibility: Applications that involve economic development activities serving families with children may be considered for CSBG-TANF funding.
- AHIF Housing Services Funding: Applications that involve housing-related services may be considered for funding within the AHIF Housing Services funding pool

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175186

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants between $20,000 and $50,000 may be requested for public services that serve low and moderate income residents, such as neighborhood, job training, youth or senior programs.

Housing development, homeownership, housing rehabilitation, certain economic development programs, and business development (microenterprise, small business assistance) are eligible for grants up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for one year, beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

AHIF projects are funded for two (2) years at a time, after which the project is no longer eligible to receive AHIF Housing Services funds. However, grantees may reapply through the Community Development Fund to be considered for CSBG or CDBG funding, of which there is no length of time restriction.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Development Block Grant and Community Services Block Grant Eligibility:
- Eligible organizations must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) agencies serving Arlington residents. Organizations may be based in other jurisdictions, provided that the proposed project benefits eligible Arlington County residents.
- If projects are sponsored by faith-based organizations, outreach efforts, and service delivery must be conducted regardless of program beneficiary affiliation. Programs cannot be marketed exclusively to members of the sponsoring organization’s religious affiliation or denomination.

Ineligible applicants
- Organizations that are in receivership status or debarred by the U.S. Government and/or Arlington County are not eligible.
- Organizations whose County contract award has been terminated for cause within the last two years are not eligible.
- For-profit organizations will not be considered for funding.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Funding eligibility requirements are as follows:
- Services are provided to a family that includes a minor child, i.e., an individual less than 18 years old, or, if a full-time student in a secondary school (or the equivalent level of vocational or technical training) less than 19 years old, who resides with the family, or a pregnant individual.
- The income level of the family must be at or below 200% of poverty.
- Services or payments cannot be considered “assistance” as defined by the TANF grant (42 USC 601-619 and 45 CFR Part 260, et al).
TANF funds cannot be used to provide medical services, for juvenile justice activities, or for sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytization.

AHIF Housing Services Funding Eligibility requirements are as follows:
- Projects must be related to homelessness and/or housing stability or benefit residents living in Committed Affordable Housing (CAF) units.
- Projects must be new, start-up, demonstration or involve the expansion of a current program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The FY 2021 Community Development Fund NOFA Workshop will be held on 07/23/2019 between 10.30 AM and 12:30 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants™ no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 6, 2019.

Proposal timeline:
- October-November 2019: Proposal review by County staff and Citizen Commissions; applicant interviews
- February 2020: County Manager’s Proposed FY 2021 County Budget released
- March 2020: County Board FY 2021 Budget Hearing
- April 2020: Final FY 2021 County Budget adopted
- July 1, 2020: Agreements executed and funds available

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

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For questions, contact:
Caitlin Jones
(703) 228-3762

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USA: Virginia: Arlington County