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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to Burlington, Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Community Groups to Address the Consequences of Poverty

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City of Burlington

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01/14/19 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Burlington, Vermont nonprofits, agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations for projects that will focus on alleviating poverty within the local community. To start the application process, a letter of intent must be submitted. Funding will be awarded to either public service projects or development projects:

A. Public Service Projects:
Early Childhood Education, childcare and youth services, economic opportunity, and health projects may submit applications.

B. Development Projects:
Development grants can be used for public facilities and improvements, economic development initiatives, and affordable housing initiatives.

General Funding Policies:
Burlington's goal through the CDBG Program is to reduce the number of residents living in poverty. Toward this end, the City funds projects that (1) address a priority need identified by the residents of Burlington in the City’s 2018 Consolidated Plan and (2) are consistent with the City’s Anti-Poverty Strategy. Priority Needs can be found on page 115 of the 2018 Consolidated Plan. For more information about the City of Burlington’s antipoverty strategy, see page 145 of the 2018 Consolidated Plan.

Each application must satisfy one of the three following overriding goals:
-The project must help people move out of poverty, or
-The project must prevent people from entering poverty, or
-The project must address the basic needs of people living in poverty.

National Objectives:
In order for a project to be funded with CDBG funds, it must meet one of the following three national objectives:

1. Benefits low and moderate income persons as per the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Locally, the primary use of CDBG funds is for services and programs for low and moderate income persons. In order to be eligible, the project must either serve an eligible geographic area or it must benefit low and moderate income persons directly (through serving a targeted population). A direct benefit to low and moderate income persons may come through services, housing, or jobs.

If your project falls in the direct benefit category, then at least 51% of the people served by your project/program must be low and moderate income Burlington residents. You must keep records (i.e., intake form, application, etc.) to verify the income by household size and the residence of those served by your project/program.

Certain groups of people are presumed by HUD to be principally low/moderate income persons. Those groups include: abused children, elderly persons, battered spouses, homeless persons, adults meeting Bureau of Census’ definition of severely disabled persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, and migrant farm workers. If your program/project exclusively serves one of these groups, you may document the limited nature of your clientele without documenting actual client income.

"Moderate income" means a household whose income does not exceed 80% of the median family income for the area. The 2018 low and moderate income dollar guidelines are available below.

2. Aids in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight.

3. Meets other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community and where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. If you are considering a project under either the “elimination of slums and blight” or the “immediate threat to health and safety” objective, please contact CEDO prior to completing your application.

Eligible activities include:
1. Purchase, sale, lease or other disposition of real property.
2. Clearance, demolition and removal of buildings.
3. Rehabilitation of publicly or privately-owned residential property; commercial/industrial property (but if privately-owned, only for exterior improvements and correction of code violations); and nonresidential buildings and improvements owned by a nonprofit. Funding can be used for:

a. Labor, materials and other costs relating to rehabilitation.
b. Grants, loans, loan guarantees and other forms of assistance for financing rehabilitation.
c. Loans for refinancing indebtedness.
d. Improvements to increase the energy efficiency of buildings and/or the efficient use of water.
e. Installing sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, deadbolt lock and other security devices.
f. Connecting residential structures to water or sewer collection lines.
g. Initial homeowner warranty premiums and hazard or flood insurance.
h. Lead-based paint hazard evaluation and reduction.
i. Rehabilitation services (counseling, energy auditing, preparation of work specifications, loan processing, inspections, etc.).
j. Historic preservation.
k. Converting a closed building from one use to another.
l. Removal of architectural barriers to accommodate people with disabilities

4. Relocation assistance to businesses, individuals, families, and non-profit organizations displaced by CDBG activities, and loss of rental income incurred in connection with the temporary relocation of displaced individuals and families.

5. Code enforcement.

6. Homeownership assistance.

7. Interim assistance either to alleviate an emergency condition or to cover limited, immediately needed improvements to a deteriorating area as a prelude to permanent improvements. These limited improvements can include special neighborhood cleanup campaigns.

8. Purchase, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of public facilities and improvements. Public facilities include schools, libraries, and special needs shelter facilities (nursing homes, hospitals, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, halfway houses, group homes, emergency shelters). Public improvements include streets, sidewalks, curbs, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer lines, parking lots, and aesthetic amenities on public property (trees, sculptures, etc.).
- A “public facility” may be owned and operated by a non-profit (i.e., senior centers, neighborhood centers) as long as it is open to the general public.

9. Public services, limited this year to Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Youth Services, Health and Economic Opportunity. If you have a question about what category your program falls into, please contact CEDO.

10. Special economic development activities, including:
a. Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of commercial or industrial buildings, structures, and improvements.
b. Grants, loans, loan guarantees, interest supplements, and technical assistance to private, for-profit businesses.
c. Economic development services including outreach efforts to market available forms of assistance; screening of applicants; reviewing and underwriting applications for assistance; preparation of necessary agreements; management of assisted activities; and screening, training, referral, and placement of applicants for employment opportunities generated by CDBG-eligible economic development activities.

11. Microenterprise assistance in the form of loans, grants, technical assistance and general business support services.

12. Grants or loans to any qualified Community-Based Development Organization (CBDO) to carry out a neighborhood revitalization, community economic development, or energy conservation project. For a description of eligible CBDO's and activities, please contact CEDO.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177999

Estimated Size of Grant:

Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth Services projects may submit applications for a two-year funding cycle for a minimum grant amount of $10,000. There is no maximum amount.

Economic Opportunity and Health projects may submit applications for a one-year grant with a minimum request of $5,000.

Development Projects may request a minimum level of funding of $5,000. There is no maximum amount.

Term of Contract:

The one-year grants must be completed by June 30, 2020. The two-year grants must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City solicits proposals for funding from community- and faith-based organizations, non-profits, and City Departments. Nonprofits should have 501(c)(3) status.

Funding cannot be used for costs of equipment, furnishings or other personal property, or for the labor costs for homeowners to rehabilitate their own property.

Buildings used primarily for the general conduct of government are ineligible.
- Flood and drainage facilities and parks established as a result of reclamation of land near a river are ineligible unless certain requirements are met.
- CDBG funds cannot be used to operate or maintain public facilities/improvements.
- CDBG funds cannot be used to buy construction equipment, to buy furnishings or other personal items, or for new construction of public housing.
- Grants for public services may not exceed 15% of the City’s total annual CDBG appropriation.
- CDBG funds cannot be substituted for recent City or State funds supporting public services. The service must be a new service or a "quantifiable increase in the level of service" above that provided by or on behalf of the City through City or State funds since May 2018, in order to be eligible.
- Ongoing grants or non-emergency payments to individuals for food, clothing, rent, utilities or other income payments are not eligible activities.

The general rule is that any activity which is not specifically authorized above is ineligible for CDBG funding. There are also some activities which are specifically identified in the Federal regulations as categorically ineligible. These activities cannot be assisted with CDBG funds under any circumstances:

1) Buildings or portions thereof, used predominantly for the general conduct of government, including city halls, jails, police stations, courthouses, and other state and local government buildings. (This does not include removal of architectural barriers or land acquisition costs).
2) General government expenses.
3) Political activities.
4) The following activities are generally ineligible unless authorized as a Special Economic Development Activity or when carried out by a Community-Based Development Organization:
- Purchase of equipment.
- Operating or maintaining public facilities (streets, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer facilities, parking, neighborhood centers, and similar public facilities).
- New housing construction (with certain exceptions).
- Income payments.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational workshop for applicants is scheduled for Monday, December 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in City Hall.

To register for the workshop, please contact Valerie Russell.

Pre-Application Information:


Letter of Intent Deadline: December 6, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Invitation to Submit Final Application: December 12, 2018 by 4 p.m.
Application Workshop: December 17, 2018 10–12:30
Application Deadline: January 14, 2019 at 4 p.m.
CEDO reviews applications for eligibility: January 15 – 23, 2018
Advisory Board meets and makes recommendations: January – Late March
Advisory Board requests for additional information (if any) e-mailed to all applicants: Mid-February – Mid March
Notice of funding recommendations goes out: April 9, 2019
Mayoral review and recommendation: Late April
City Council Public Hearing: April 29, 2019 (tentative)

The City of Burlington utilizes a two-step process for CDBG applications. Applicants are asked to submit a brief Letter of Intent to Apply. Once reviewed and evaluated, some applicants will be invited to submit a complete application for funding. Please see the detailed instructions below.

Intent to Apply: Letters of Intent to Apply for 2019 are due on December 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Applicants will be invited to submit a final application by December 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Application: If invited to submit a final application, project proposals for 2019 must be submitted on or before Monday, January 14, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Proposals submitted after that time will not be considered for funding.

Funding for projects receiving awards is expected to become available on July 1, 2019.

Additional Considerations:
CDBG funding is on a reimbursement basis only. Your agency must pay for goods or services prior to requesting CDBG funds from CEDO. You cannot request reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to July 1, 2019.

Each agency may submit only one public service application, and it must fall into the categories for this round.

2018 Consolidated Plan:

2018 Low and Moderate Income Dollar Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Application and copies should be mailed to:
Valerie Russell / CDBG 2019
Community & Economic Development Office
149 Church Street, Room 32, City Hall
Burlington, VT 05401

Hand deliveries should be delivered to the Clerk Treasurers Office on the second floor of City Hall:
Valerie Russell / CDBG 2019
C/O Clerk Treasurers Office
149 Church Street, Room 32, City Hall
Burlington, VT 05401

The electronic version of the Application Form should be sent to:

Phone: 802-865-7000

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont: City of Burlington