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City Grant Process: Consolidated Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Regions
to Strengthen Neighborhoods and Benefit Local Residents

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City of Plano

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Grants to Texas nonprofit and government organizations in eligible regions for programs that strengthen neighborhoods and benefit local individuals, families, and households. Applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended to benefit low-and moderate income residents in the city of Plano. Grants may be used for housing, site improvement, and public facilities.

Programs must meet the national objectives of benefiting low and moderate-income people; and preventing or eliminating slums or blight. For additional information about national objectives, see:

The following activities may be funded by CDBG, so long as they meet one or more of the National Objectives stated above:

  1. Acquisition of real property by purchase, long-term (15+ years) lease, or otherwise. A minimum five-year lien for the amount of the purchase is required in order to ensure the property meets a national objective for five years. Acquisition which would result in the relocation of an existing business or resident will normally not be funded.
  2. Disposition, through sale, lease, donation, or otherwise, of any real property acquired with CDBG funds, with the proceeds from such disposition to be returned to the City of Plano unless otherwise authorized in a written agreement consistent with CFR 570.504.
  3. Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation of public facilities and improvements, including homeless shelters, convalescent homes, hospitals, nursing homes, battered spouse shelters, halfway houses, and group homes for mentally disabled persons.
  4. Clearance, demolition, and removal of buildings and improvements, including movement of structures to other sites.
  5. Provision of public services (including labor, supplies, and materials) which are directed toward improving the community’s public services and facilities, including but not limited to those concerned with employment, crime prevention, child care, health, drug abuse, education, fair housing counseling, energy conservation, welfare, or recreational needs. In order to be eligible, a public service must be either a new service, or a quantifiable increase in the level of a service above that which has been funded by the City of Plano during the previous 12 months. The total amount of CDBG funds used for public services may not exceed 15 percent of the total CDBG grant.
  6. Removal of material and architectural barriers which restrict the mobility and accessibility of elderly or handicapped persons to publicly owned and privately owned buildings, facilities, and improvements.
  7. Rehabilitation of privately and publicly owned buildings and improvements for residential purposes. If the rehabilitation will disturb existing paint, costly lead-paint abatement may be required. Please discuss this issue with City staff before submitting your application.
  8. Rehabilitation of publicly or privately owned commercial or industrial buildings, except that the rehabilitation of such buildings owned by a private for-profit business is limited to improvements to the exterior of the building and the correction of code violations.
  9. Improvements to buildings to increase energy efficiency.
  10. Removal of lead-based paint from residential structures.
  11. Rehabilitation, preservation, or restoration of historic properties.
  12. Provision of credit, technical assistance, and general support (including peer support programs, counseling, child care, transportation, etc.) for the establishment, stabilization, and expansion of microenterprises. A microenterprise is a business with five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the business.
  13. Provision of assistance to a private for-profit business where appropriate to carry out an economic development project. Any project funded must be able to document the creation or retention of a certain number of jobs, depending on the type of project proposed and the amount of funding requested.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186410

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that submit a grant application to the City of Plano must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant must have attended one of two mandatory Grant Application Trainings
- Funds must benefit only Plano residents. While the program may serve a wider clientele, any funds granted through this process must benefit City of Plano residents exclusively. Site improvements must be for facilities located in Plano, but program support funds may be granted proportional to the Plano residents served through those funds.
- Organizations must operate in compliance with Federal and local government requirements. Contracts require compliance with financial management, documentation, and record keeping. There may not be a prohibited interest between the organization and the City. Funds may not be used for lobbying or religious activities, or to promote religious or sectarian beliefs. Federal funding binds the organization related to civil rights, employment practices, and conduct.
- Organizations must be a tax exempt nonprofit or governmental organization and must have an active board of directors in compliance with IRS Section 501(c)(3).
- Organizations previously funded by the City of Plano must have successfully fulfilled all prior contractual obligations or provide a written explanation outlining the reasons for noncompliance.
- Organizations must be in operation for a minimum of three years prior to the application deadline.
- Organizations must be willing and able to comply with City insurance requirements prior to signing a contract. Prior to executing a funding agreement, the applicant must supply the City with a current copy of your ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance form (not your insurance policy itself).

- Applicants that have not been operating in compliance with IRS Section 501(c)(3) regulations for a minimum of three years prior to the application deadline of March 1, 2020 are ineligible to apply for grant funds.
- An application that represents a funding request for multiple programs within it will be deemed ineligible for funding.
- Use of the wrong application for a program will deem the application ineligible for funding.
- An applicant's grant award may not exceed 50% of the agency’s annual budget, and typically should not be more than 25%.
An applicant that did not attend one of the two grant application training meetings.

For a list of ineligible activities, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at one information session is MANDATORY for any agency wishing to submit an application for the 2020 grant year. Individuals arriving more than 10 minutes late to the meeting will be asked to attend the next available grant training workshop. If there is not another grant training workshop available, then the agency represented by the individual(s) arriving late will not be allowed to submit a 2020 Consolidated Grant Application.

Both meetings will be held at the City of Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Avenue, Plano, Texas 75074.

- Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - Building Inspections Training Room
- Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - Building Inspections Training Room

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is February 29, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Shanette Eaden, Housing and Community Services Manager
P: (972) 208-8150

Joint Use Facility:
7501-A Independence Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75025

Mailing Address:
Neighborhood Services
P.O. Box 860358
Plano, TX 75086-0358

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USA: Texas: City of Plano

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