Dear Parties Interested in CDBG Grant Funding:
The City of Prescott is opening up the application process for 2017 CDBG funds and will host an Application Workshop on January 11, 2017, from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Founders Suite in the Public Library.
If your non-profit organization has an unfunded need that will result in benefit to low-income, elderly or disabled residents of Prescott, please note that the City will be accepting CDBG project proposals until February 26, 2017, by noon.
The non-mandatory workshop will provide an overview of the grant process and to answer questions. The City expects to receive approximately $230,000 in 2017. Grant awards will typically range from $5,000 - $100,000. Both public service and construction projects are eligible. Please see the attached flyer. A fillable application form is available on the City’s website with the application instructions, also attached. Please RSVP for the workshop no later than January 6, 2017, so that we have enough copies.
If you know of others that might be interested in this funding opportunity, please forward this notice to them. If you have questions, please feel free to me anytime at the number below.
CDBG Consolidated Plan
On May 12, 2015 at the conclusion of a six month planning process, the Prescott City Council adopted the 2015 - 2020 Community Development Block Grant(CDBG) Consolidated Plan. The Five-Year Plan provides the framework for the use of CDBG funding received by the City of Prescott from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the five-year period beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2020. CDBG funds must be used to benefit low and moderate income households and neighborhoods. Eligible CDBG activities fall into three broad categories:
- Neighborhood Revitalization, Public Services and Facilities
- Human Services and Economic Opportunities
- Decent Affordable Housing
CDBG Annual Allocation Plan
Each year the City funds a number of projects with the CDBG funds available. Those projects are included in an Annual Allocation Plan (AAP). The projects to be funded in the FY16 (CDBG PY15) are available in the AAP in the links below.
Community Development Block Grants - CDBG
The Community Development Block Grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Community Development Block Grants help communities provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.
HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development and providing improved community facilities and services. Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities.
Prescott qualified as an entitlement community in 2005 and developed the first Five Year Consolidated Plan 2005 - 2009 and a One Year Action Plan 2005. During this first 2005-2009 Consolidated Plan the CDBG Program facilitated and funded infrastructure improvements, (sidewalks and street paving, rehabilitated low income limited clientele rental units, renovations at residential treatment facilities, worked with Habitat for Humanity to have a tool lending program for the Brush with Kindness program, provided support for a coordinator at the Prescott Area Women's Shelter, supplied bed night dollars to Project Aware as well as assistance dollars for case management of homeless vets, provided funding to Meals on Wheels Homebound Program for the Elderly and renovation projects for Catholic Charities duplex rehabilitation.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
- Q. What can CDBG funds be used for?
- A. A wide variety of activities including:
- Street, water and wastewater improvements;
- Housing rehabilitation or buying land for new housing development;
- The construction of or improvements to parks, libraries, health clinics, shelters for domestic violence victims or the homeless;
- Salaries of people who provide public services such as child care or job training, or paying for furniture for such programs; and
- Loans and other kinds of assistance so businesses can hire new employees.
- Q. Are there certain criteria to receive CDBG Funding?
- A. Yes. Community applications for CDBG funds must meet the "National Objectives" established by Congress.
- Q. What are the "National Objectives"?
- A. They require each project to:
- Primarily benefit low-to moderate-income persons,
- Prevent or eliminate slum and blight, or
- Meet other urgent community development needs relating to health and safety issues.
- Q. What constitutes "low and moderate income"?
- A. "Low and moderate income" refers to the total annual family income that is less than 80 percent of the average income for same-size families in that area.
- Q. Is public involvement necessary for the CDBG application process?
- A. Yes. Every community applying for CDBG funds must hold at least two public hearings to let residents identify possible projects. Public hearing notices also must be published in the local newspapers. These notices must be published before the community can send its application to HUD, and they must inform the public about the process to comment on projects recommended by elected officials. Notice of public meetings can also be posted at the local city hall.
- Q. How can CDBG funds be used for economic development?
- A. CDBG funds can be used to:
- Lend funds to a business;
- Provide the business with a loan guarantee;
- Install a water line allowing a business to locate or expand;
- Acquire land to be leased to a business; or
- Provide training and support services to low-to-moderate income persons wishing to start their own businesses.
- In most cases, the business must agree to create or retain a reasonable number of jobs in relation to the CDBG assistance and hire 51 percent LM income persons.
- Q. How can CDBG funds be used by a community to address its affordable housing needs?
- A. CDBG funds can be used to:
- Rehabilitate homes owned and occupied by LM persons or rental units in which at least 51 percent of the tenants are or will be LM and will pay "affordable rents"
- Acquire property to be sold to LM persons or to be converted primarily to rental housing, with at least 51 percent of the units to be occupied by LM persons;
- Acquire or clear property to be sold or leased to a private developer;
- Construct off-site improvements for a developer who will build homes at least 51 percent of which will be sold to or constructed by (self-help) LM persons; or
- Construct or rehabilitate shelters and transitional housing for the homeless.
- Q. What are the liabilities of the CDBG program?
- A. Like all federally funded programs, the CDBG program requires that the community comply with a number of requirements relating to record keeping, competitive procurement and public participation. The community must also comply with other federal "overlay" laws. These relate to protection of the environment, acquisition and relocation, civil rights/nondiscrimination and the payment of Davis-Bacon prevailing wages and other construction labor standards.
Fair Housing Act
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).
The Fair Housing Act mandate is carried out by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement jurisdictions. The City of Prescott became an entitlement jurisdiction in 2005. City residents who believe they have been discriminated against in attempting to achieve housing should contact Darla Eastman, CDBG Grant Administrator, 201 S Cortez St, Prescott, AZ 86303 / (928) 777-1205.
Fair housing seminar is coming in March 2017.
Landlord Tenant Act
Arizona Department of Housing
1110 West Washington, Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Area
1230 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301
NACOG (Northern Arizona Council of Governments)
1577 West Plaza Dr, A2
Prescott, AZ 86301
Southwest Fair Housing Council
2030 E. Broadway, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85719
Toll Free 1-888-624-4611
Yavapai County Community Foundation
300 E. Willis St., Suite B
Prescott AZ 86301
Grants & Operations Coordinator - 928-499-9795
North Central Regional Manager - 928-708-9632
CDBG Program Planning Documents
- PY 2016 HUD Income Guideline (pdf, 584.1 kb)
- CDBG Non-Profit Application (pdf, 59.5 kb)
Application for non-profit providers [501(c)3] for CDBG Grant Funding
- Application Instructions (pdf, 55.7 kb)