County of Hawai‘i - Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD)
01/11/18 4:30 PM Receipt
Grants to Hawai’i County, Hawaii nonprofit organizations, government agencies, community-based development organizations, and in some cases, for-profit organizations to promote community development. Projects may involve economic development, public facilities enhancements, property acquisition, and rehabilitation and preservation.
Eligible Community Development Projects:
The applicant should consult the Federal Register, 24 CFR Subpart C 570.200 – 570.205 (Appendix C), for a list of the eligible activities.
In general, the following categories contain the major types of projects which are eligible for funding under the CDBG Program:
-Acquisition or Disposition: For community development of of real property deteriorated or undeveloped property, preservation of historic sites or conservation activities.
-Public Facilities: For water and sewer improvements, street improvements, centers for senior citizens, recreation facilities or neighborhood facilities.
-Rehabilitation and Preservation: For rehabilitation of residential or commercial structures, modernization of public housing, code enforcement or historic preservation.
-Economic Development: Acquisition of real property, site improvements or grants and loans to private entities for the purposes of economic development.
Note: This is list is provided simply to show examples of the types of projects that may be eligible for CDBG funds. It is in no way intended to be inclusive. Applicants should consult the federal register Appendix C, 24 CFR 570.200 – 570.205 for guidance on eligible activities.
A project may be clearly eligible, or it may be subject to special requirements or qualifications. If there are special requirements, such as ties to other activities, the proposal must demonstrate how the proposed project will meet the special considerations.
If there are any questions about the eligibility of your proposed project, call the OHCD for information.
National Objectives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
Each project must be consistent with the primary objective and at least one of the following national objectives of HUD:
The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant program is the development of viable communities, including decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.
The project must comply with 24 CFR 570.208 and 24 CFR 570.209 for Economic Development Project’s (See Appendix D).
-Activities benefiting low and moderate income persons.
-Activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight.
-Activities designed to meet community development needs having a particular urgency.
County General Plan:
The County General Plan provides the broad framework for all activities and expenditures with Hawai`i County. As such, all projects must show that they are consistent with the General Plan in order to be considered by the OHCD for block grant funds.
The Consolidated Plan contains the County of Hawai`i’s priorities and objectives for HUD programs. As such, all projects must show that they are consistent with the Consolidated Plan’s priorities in order to be considered by the OHCD for CDBG funds.
Projects requesting CDBG funding will need to address at least one of those priorities stated in the Community Development Priorities Section of the County’s five-year 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for utilizing HUD’s CDBG program funds.
The County’s Consolidated Plan’s priorities will be used to allocate CDBG funds in accordance with project eligibility requirements and program rules. Higher points will be awarded to project proposals that address high priority activities.
The following are the County’s CP Priorities:
-Housing: Housing for households earning less than 80% of median income [i.e. rental, homeownership, special needs, homeless and activities which will produce new housing (i.e. water, streets, environmental activities, planning, etc.)]
-Public Health and Safety: Activities that protect the health and safety of the residents in Hawai`i County. (i.e. fire, police, environment, etc)
-Federal Mandates: Activities to meet legal obligations or federal mandates. (i.e. ADA)
-Public Facilities: Child care, youth, and/or senior centers; facilities for the disabled; homeless facilities; health facilities; neighborhood facilities; and/or parks & recreation facilities.
-Infrastructure: (other than housing related) Water/sewer/street improvements; solid waste disposal; and/or flood drainage improvements.
-Public Services: Senior, disabled, youth, childcare, transportation, substance abuse, employment, health, lead hazards, crime, etc.
-Economic Development: Activities which create jobs for low and moderate income persons.
-Public Facilities: Parking facilities and non-residential historic preservation.
GrantWatch ID#: 178409
In order to comply and meet the CDBG Program requirements, all activities funded with CDBG funds shall be expended and completed within a twelve (12) month period. This period begins from July 1, 2018, and ends on June 30, 2019.
Eligibility of the Applicants:
In general, government agencies, private nonprofit entities, and Community Based Development Organizations (CBDO) are eligible to utilize CDBG funds.
Private entities organized for profit may be eligible under certain circumstances, including some rehabilitation and economic development activities. The applicant should consult the Federal Register, 24 CFR Subpart C 570.200 – 570.205. See Appendix C for a list of the eligible applicants.
As a general rule, CDBG assistance may not be used for religious activities or provided to primarily religious entities. Religious organizations may be eligible to utilize CDBG funds under rules and restrictions as specified in 24 CFR 570.200(j), Appendix C.
Ineligible Community Development Projects:
The general rule is that any activity not authorized under the provisions of Section 570.200 – 570.205 is ineligible to be assisted with CDBG funds.
The following is a brief list of activities that may not be assisted with CDBG funds. This list is in no way intended to be inclusive. Applicants should consult the Federal Register, 24 CFR Section 570.207 (Appendix C) for a comprehensive list and guidance in determining the eligibility of other activities associated with housing and community development.
1. Buildings or portions thereof, used for the general conduct of government cannot be assisted with CDBG funds.
Examples: City halls; County administrative buildings; State Capitol or office buildings; legislative, judicial or general administrative affairs of government.
2. General government expenses, unless authorized in OMB Circular A-87.
Examples: Bad debts, contributions and donations, entertainment, fines and penalties, legislative expenses.
3. Political activities cannot be financed with CDBG funds:
Examples: Candidate forums, voter transportation or registration or the financing of facilities or equipment for political purposes.
4. Purchasing of equipment; with exceptions for projects that qualify under economic development and public service.
Examples: Construction, furnishing and personal property.
5. Operating and maintenance expenses. Exceptions to this rule are operating and maintenance expenses associated with public service activities.
Examples: Repairing, operating or maintaining public facilities, improvements and services.
6. New housing construction.
Examples: New permanent residential structures.
7. Income payments for housing.
Examples: Income maintenance, housing allowances and mortgage subsidies.
Proposals must be received no later than 4:30 PM, January 11, 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications must be received at:
Hilo Office of Housing and Community Development
50 Wailuku Drive
Hilo, Hawai`i 96720-2456
Phone No. (808)961-8379
Kona Office of Housing and Community Development
West Hawai`i Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i 96740
Phone No. (808)323-4305
If there are any questions on the eligibility of any applicant, please call the OHCD at:
USA: Hawaii: Hawai'i County