Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Notice of Funding Availability and Notice of Meeting
In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.15, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees are required to submit an Annual Action Plan for the CDBG program to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by August 16 for each program year. The Annual Action Plan identifies the specific use of CDBG grant funds by eligible grant activity. As of March 28, 2019, HUD had not released CDBG allocations for program year 2019-20. Based on HUD guidance provided in Notice: CPD-19-01, to facilitate the grant planning process and ensure the Annual Action Plan is submitted by the statutory deadline, grantees are directed to estimate the allocation for the upcoming program year when allocations are not yet available. As such, the City of Boca Raton is estimating that the 2019-20 CDBG allocation will be $451,683, which is the same as the City’s 2018-19 allocation.
If the actual 2019-20 CDBG allocation differs from the estimated allocation of $451,683, the actual funding amount shall be reflected in the draft Annual Action Plan. In the event HUD has not released the actual allocation at the time the draft Annual Action Plan is made available for public review or by the statutory deadline for the City’s submission of the Annual Action Plan to HUD, funding contingency language shall be included in the Annual Action Plan. In accordance with Federal statutory requirements, the City is limited to using a maximum of 15% of the actual CDBG allocation for eligible public service activities and a maximum of 20% for program administration costs.
The City’s Community Improvement Division hereby announces that it will be accepting applications requesting funding from the CDBG program. The CDBG program was established by Congress through the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, to provide local governments and residents with the funds needed to work in a comprehensive manner toward the improvement of low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Eligible non-profit organizations and other interested agencies are invited to submit CDBG applications for activities which would benefit low and moderate income residents or eligible special needs populations, aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight, or meet an urgent community development need. Eligible activities include, among others, capital improvements, neighborhood improvement, housing, economic development and public services.
All applications for CDBG funding must be submitted in accordance with the City’s standard application package. CDBG applications may be obtained in person at City Hall or by calling Community Improvement at:
Boca Raton City Hall
Community Improvement Division/Development Services Department (Room 220)
201 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All completed applications must be received by the Community Improvement Division at the address above no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Any CDBG applications received after that date and time will not be considered for funding. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted and incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. All questions about applications or the CDBG program should be directed to Teresa McClurg, Community Improvement Administrator.
NOTICE OF MEETING
As part of the CDBG planning process for program year 2019-20 the Community Improvement Division will hold a meeting for residents of the City of Boca Raton, interested agencies and other parties. The purpose of the meeting is to:
• Review current CDBG activities;
• Discuss the CDBG application process;
• Discuss proposed needs and priorities for the 2019-20 Annual Action Plan; and
• Receive input from the community regarding housing and non-housing community development needs that should be considered in deciding how CDBG funds should be spent. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room #3 at Boca Raton City Hall, 201 West Palmetto Park Road.
Alternatively, those unable to attend may submit written comments to the Community Improvement Division in the Development Services Department (Room 220) at the address above prior to the hearing. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in the public hearing should contact the Office of the City Clerk at 561-393-7740 at least three business days prior to the hearing date (whenever possible) to request such accommodation. In addition, this ad and the documents listed above may be requested in an alternative format by contacting the Community Improvement Division (phone 561-393-7797 or 561-367-7043 for the hearing impaired).