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Grants to Menifee, California Nonprofits and Agencies
for Public Services Promoting Viable Urban Communities

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City of Menifee

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01/09/18 1:00 PM Receipt


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Menifee, California nonprofit organizations and government agencies for a broad range of public services that promote viable urban communities. A mandatory informational workshop is scheduled for December 19. Primary emphasis is placed on projects benefitting low- and moderate-income households and individuals.

HUD provides federal funds for the CDBG program annually to entitlement jurisdiction. Expenditures generally fall into three categories: Administration (20%); Public Services (15%); and Community Development (65%). Public Service and Community Development activities are approved and funded annually by City Council and must be consistent with the strategies outlined in the Consolidated Plan. This grant application outlines the Public Services component of the City’s CDBG program.

Public Service Activities:

The CDBG regulations allow the use of grant funds for a wide range of public service activities, including, but not limited to:
-Employment services (e.g., job training);
-Crime prevention and public safety;
-Services for youth;
-Services for senior citizens;
-Recreational services;
-Health services;
-Education programs;
-Energy conservation;
-Services for homeless persons;
-Substance abuse services (e.g., counseling and treatment);
-Fair housing counseling; and
-Down payment assistance.
-CDBG funds may be used to pay for labor, supplies, and material as well as to operate and/or maintain the portion of a facility in which the public service is located. This includes the lease of a facility, equipment, and other property needed for the public service.

Selection Criteria:

The Menifee Citizens Advisory Committee will review the public services applications and make a recommendation to City Council who will select Public Services Grantees and allocate funds for public services activities. The recommendations and selection will be based on the following criteria:

-Consistency of service activity with national objectives and federal requirements;
-Consistency of service activity with the goals, objectives, and strategies of the 5-year Consolidated Plan;
-Breadth and depth of service activity, including number of low- and moderate- income persons served or benefitted;
-Experience and competency of the grantee organization; and
-Demonstrated need and lack of other sources of funding.

Community Development Activities:

The CDBG regulations allow the use of grant funds for a wide range of public service activities, including, but not limited to:
-Infrastructure Projects
-Public/Community Facilities
-Economic Development activities
-Housing Activities
-Other Activities, such as Code Enforcement, that address one or more of the three National Objectives.

All public service and community development projects/programs/activities are intended to directly address the needs, goals, and objectives identified by the community during the development of its Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans.

National Objectives:

To be deemed eligible for CDBG funding, an activity must meet one or more of the national objectives summarized below:

1. Activities Benefitting Low- and Moderate- Income Persons or Households

Eligibility for activities benefitting low- and moderate- income persons or households is determined by income limits, which are established by HUD based on County median income and family size. The 2017 HUD income limits are shown on Page 4 of the attached Public Services Application.

Projects and programs may benefit low- and moderate- income persons or households in one of two ways: Direct Benefit or Area Benefit.

-Direct Benefit: Project or program participants must meet HUD income limits. Records documenting participant eligibility must be maintained by the Grantee.

-Area Benefit: Projects or programs are implemented in a CDBG Target Area to benefit all residents within the area. A map of Menifee’s Tentative CDBG Target Area is included on the last page of this booklet. The Target Area is comprised of census tracts where not less than 51% of household incomes are of low- and moderate- income, as determined or extrapolated by census data.

2. Activities Which Aid in the Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight

Activities qualify to meet this national objective by addressing objectively determinable signs of slums or blight in one of two ways: Area Basis and Spot Basis.

Area Basis: Activities must meet all of the following criteria to qualify under this subcategory:
-The area must be officially designated as a blighted area, such as a redevelopment project area; and
-The area must exhibit at least one of the following physical signs of blight or decay: i) substantial number of deteriorated buildings; or ii) public improvements throughout the area must be in a general state of deterioration; and
-Documentation must be maintained on the boundaries of the area and the conditions that qualified the area at the time of its designation; and
-Activities to be assisted with CDBG funds must be limited to those that address one or more of the conditions that contributed to the deterioration of the area.

Spot Basis: Activities must focus on the elimination of specific conditions of blight on a spot basis to prevent the spread to adjacent properties or areas. Activities must meet the following criteria:
-The activity must be designed to eliminate specific conditions of blight or physical decay not located in a designated slum or blighted area; and
-The activity must be limited to the one of the following: acquisition; clearance; relocation; historic preservation; or building rehabilitation solely to eliminate conditions detrimental to public health and safety.

3. Activities designed to meet community development needs having a particular urgency.

To comply with the national objective of meeting community development needs having a particular urgency, an activity must be designed to alleviate conditions, which the City certifies meet the following criteria:
-The conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community; and
-The conditions are of recent origin or recently became urgent (recent is defined as within 18 months preceding grant approval); and
-The City is unable to finance on its own; and
-Other sources of financing are not available to complete the activity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177526

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Estimated Size of Grant:

For public services, the City has established a minimum grant request of $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, an entity of general government, or an existing city department.

Nonprofit applicants must provide proof of active 501(c)(3) status designation from IRS. The organization must have active nonprofit status at time of Application

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, Menifee City Hall, 29714 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92586.

Attendance is required if applying for funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are open at this time and must be received no later than 1:00 PM on January 9, 2018.

Important Dates:
-November 16, 2017: Notice of Availability and Public Services Application Booklet distributed to interested organizations
-December 19, 2017; 6:30 PM: Public Services Application Assistance Workshop
-January 9, 2018; 1:00 PM: CDBG Public Services Applications due
-February 13, 2018; 6:00 PM: Menifee Citizens Advisory Committee Workshop Meeting #1 regarding the 2018/2019 Annual Action Plan;
-February 20, 2018; 6:00 PM (Tentative): Menifee Citizens Advisory Committee Workshop Meeting #2 regarding the 2018/2019 Annual Action Plan
-April 2, 2018: Draft 2018/2019 Annual Action Plan for 30-public review.
-May 2, 2018: City Council public hearing on 2018/2019 Annual Action Plan.

Contact Information:

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

Edna I. Lebrón, Sr. Management Analyst

Finance Department
Menifee City Hall
29714 Haun Road
Menifee, CA 92586

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