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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Economic Development Program and Public Facilities Program

Grants to Mississippi Agencies for Community and
Economic Development Benefitting Low-Income Residents

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) - Community Services Division (CSD)

Conf. Date:

02/22/18

Deadline Date:

05/14/18

Description:

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Grants to Mississippi local government agencies for a broad range of community and economic development activities. The purpose of this program is to eliminate or prevent urban slum or blight conditions, meet critical community needs, and benefit low-and-moderate-income households.

The Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) helps local units of government realize their potential by providing funds necessary to ensure basic community services, environmental quality and economic opportunities for their residents. The state CDBG Program makes funds available to local units of government, with the exception of entitlement cities, that show a genuine need for specific projects and can meet the program’s state and federal eligibility requirements. In accordance with the Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, project activities must meet at least one of the following national objectives:

-Benefit low-and-moderate-income persons;
-Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight;
-Meet urgent needs because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.

A local unit of government may apply for CDBG funds in the Public Facilities and Economic Development categories.

The Public Facilities category makes available funding for public improvements such as water, wastewater, drainage, streets and certain public buildings. This category includes a regular competition for funds as well as Small Government and Emergency.

Some Public Facilities projects may be funded under the stringent Urgent Needs/Emergencies national objective. An Urgent Needs/Emergencies project must prove a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and meet other criteria such as the date of occurrence of the emergency condition.

The Economic Development category provides funding to the local units of government for eligible infrastructure improvements such as water, sewer and access roads in support of business start-ups and expansions. Job creation is key to CDBG-assisted economic development.

CDBG Economic Development Program:

The CDBG Economic Development Grant Program is available to fund publicly owned infrastructure. Funding from this program can be used by municipalities and counties to assist with the location, expansion or retention of businesses. Usage of the funds must be directly related to the construction, renovation or expansion of industry.

Examples of Eligible Projects
-Drainage systems
-Water and sewer systems
-Roads, bridges and rail spurs
-Buildings (rehabilitation/expansion)

CDBG Public Facilities:

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is a grant program that is available to fund publicly owned infrastructure for community-based projects. Funding from this program can be used by municipalities and counties.

Examples of Eligible Projects
-Drainage systems
-Water and sewer systems
-Roads and bridges
-Buildings

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183057

Estimated Size of Grant:

Economic Development: The Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program provides for a maximum grant amount per project of $20,000 per job or up to $2,500,000.

Public Facilities: The Community Development Block Grant Public Facilities Program provides for a maximum grant amount per project of $600,000 for cities and counties with a population greater than 3,500 people and $450,000 for cities and counties with a population under 3,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are provided to municipalities and counties.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Community Services Division (CDS) will hold a workshop to provide information regarding applications. The workshop will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the Table 100 Conference Center, 110 Ridge Way Drive, Flowood, Mississippi.

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. There is no registration fee for this workshop. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are taken annually and awarded on a competitive basis. Fund availability is determined annually from the One Year Action Plan.

The applications will be available February 22, 2018 in relation with the Application Workshop.

Matching funds must be in place for 2018 CDBG Public Facilities by May 11, 2018.

2018 CDBG Applications will due May 14-18, 2018.

Forms and resources may be found here:
https://www.mississippi.org/home-page/business-services/community-development/community-services/forms-library/

Contact Information:

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

Steve Hardin
601.359.3179
shardin@mississippi.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi