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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits and Agencies
for Economic Development and Community Revitalization

Agency Type:

Local

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City of Warwick - Community Development Office

Conf. Date:

11/24/20

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 3:00 PM

Description:

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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:

  1. Benefit low and moderate income persons; or
  2. Aid in the prevention of slums and blight.

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:

  • Have a high benefit to low and moderate income persons;
  • Have a detailed plan for permanent funding;
  • Require a one-time only infusion of funds;
  • Are likely to achieve their objectives and be successful;
  • Use other public and private sources to the greatest extent possible;
  • Support or coordinate with other community development efforts;
  • Document substantial neighborhood or public support;
  • Present a reasonable, sound budget; and are to be implemented by organizations with a solid track record.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177097

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Except for economic development projects and certain types of housing projects, applicants must demonstrate that they are a private, nonprofit or governmental agency. If nonprofit, they must be incorporated under state law and have/or have applied for 501(c)(3) status.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Construction of or improvements to general government buildings and schools.
- Routine operation, maintenance, and repair activities for public facilities and services.
- Assistance to churches or church-affiliated organizations are not eligible, unless a clear separation of purpose, mission, and organizational relationship can be established between the church and the CDBG-funded projects.
- Any costs already incurred by an organization prior to receiving a signed agreement from the City.

Pre-proposal Conference:

November 24, 2020, 2:00 pm: Virtual Public Hearing/Information Workshop

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule:
- November 24, 2020, 2:00 pm: Virtual Public Hearing/Information Workshop
(Application period begins).
- January 15, 2021, 3:00 pm: Deadline for all applications.
- Feb 3 & Feb 4, 2021, 6:00 pm: Advisory Commission Hearings begin

Applicants submitting an application for a Public Facilities & Site Improvement Project: A pre-submission meeting to review the application is now a necessary step in the application process. Please contact the Program Coordinator prior to the deadline to schedule this meeting.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications/proposals with Community Development staff prior to the January 15, 2021 submission.

Applications deemed incomplete or unresponsive will be returned to the applicant with deficiencies noted; a five-day period to resubmit the application will be provided. If the applicant does not respond within the five-day period, the application will be considered null and void and terminated.

Grantees will be required to obtain adequate insurance covering workman’s compensation, bodily injury, property damage, or automobile liability, depending on the nature of the project. Grantees will be responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses and for complying with all applicable federal, state, and municipal laws, codes, and regulations.

Applicants must have a DUNS number.

Contact Information:

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
CDBG Program
City Hall Annex
3275 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Requests to have the application emailed can be sent to:
Kathy.g.kazarian@warwickri.com

For CDBG technical assistance, please send questions via e-mail to
william.r.facente@warwickri.com; or call William Facente at (401) 921-9688.

William R. Facente, Acting Program Coordinator
Tel: 401-921-9688
Fax: 401-732-9522

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USA: Rhode Island: Warwick

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