City of Warwick - Community Development Office
01/15/21 3:00 PM
Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible locations for activities that foster economic growth and provide housing for low and moderate-income populations. Some applicants may be required to meet with staff prior to submitting a full application. Eligible applicants are located in Warwick.
Funds are awarded to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.
For organizations interested in improving or expanding the City’s housing stock, providing needed public facilities, revitalizing a particular neighborhood, including economic development, or providing needed public services, especially in coordination with other housing and/or revitalization activities, a CDBG project may be appropriate.
The City must assure that all projects meet one of the two national objectives of the program.
Each project must:
For a project to meet the first national objective of benefiting low and moderate income persons, it must either have income eligibility requirements that limit the benefits of that project to low and moderate income persons or the project must be located in an area that is predominantly inhabited by residents who are persons of low and moderate income. Under the regulations for the CDBG program, facilities that serve the elderly or persons with disabilities are usually considered to benefit low and moderate income persons.
For HUD Income Limits defining Low Income, see: https://www.warwickri.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif1391/f/uploads/cdbg_app_package_year_47.pdf#page=4.
For a project to meet the second objective of removal of blight, it must be designed to address the conditions causing the slums and blight. Generally, areas of slums and blight are determined by the City, though activities designed to remove a specific blighting condition can be considered. Historic preservation projects involving rehabilitation can also be undertaken.
Some of the specific projects that can be carried out with Block Grant funds include the acquisition of real property; relocation and demolition; rehabilitation of residential and nonresidential structures; removal of architectural barriers that restrict the mobility and accessibility of elderly or handicapped persons; provision of public facilities and improvements such as water and sewer facilities, streets, and neighborhood facilities; and the conversion of schools for eligible purposes. The CDBG program can also provide assistance to carry out economic development activities, including job creation and improvements to business districts. In addition, Block Grant funds may be used to pay for public services and for projects relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources.
The CDBG Funding Policy makes clear that, while the Federal CDBG regulations allow up to 15% of the annual grant to be allocated to public service programs, the City will devote 15% of its annual grant, based on current funding priorities. Public services include but are not limited to those programs concerned with employment, crime prevention, child care, day care, health care, drug abuse prevention, education, mental health, energy conservation, welfare, or recreation.
Public Services criteria: https://www.warwickri.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif1391/f/uploads/cdbg_app_package_year_47.pdf#page=9.
Priority will be given to projects that:
GrantWatch ID#: 177097
There will be an estimated $536,000 available for public facilities & improvements, housing projects and neighborhood improvements. There will be an estimated $144,000 available for public service grants for administrative/operational support.
All applications for funding in the areas of housing, economic development, rehabilitation or construction of community/public facilities, public improvements and historic preservation must be $25,000 or greater in value.
Applications will only be fully funded; there will be no partial funding considered.
All public facility and site improvement funds must be under contract within the fiscal year funds were awarded.
Projects proposed this winter will be funded in the City’s next budget year, starting July 1, 2021. Due to HUD restrictions and clearances that must be obtained, some public facility projects cannot commence until September 1, 2021. Projects are required to terminate at the end of the City’s Fiscal Year June 30, 2022.
These programs cannot be considered as ongoing, multi-year funding sources. Funding of a project for more than one year is not guaranteed. Most service projects proposed for funding should be designed so as to be able to complete their task in approximately one year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit applications to:
Community Development Office
City Hall Annex
3275 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Requests to have the application emailed can be sent to:
For CDBG technical assistance, please send questions via e-mail to
email@example.com; or call William Facente at (401) 921-9688.
William R. Facente, Acting Program Coordinator
USA: Rhode Island: Warwick
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