The City of Lawrence, through the Community Development Division of the Planning & Development Services Department, invites non-profit and for-profit organizations to submit applications for projects to be funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs as part of the 2018 Annual Action Plan. Funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to meet a National Objective and must be used for an eligible activity established by Congress for the program.
The 2018 Annual Action Plan will include projects to be undertaken during the program year beginning August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. Projects and programs undertaken must address a priority need set forth in the 2018-2023 Consolidated Plan.
For Program Year 2018, the City anticipates available CDBG funding to be approximately $591,200 and HOME funding to be approximately $301,535 plus any program income and/or reallocation of previous unused grant funds. Actual award figures from the federal government should be available in March 2018. However, the final entitlement amounts may be significantly less than prior years, depending on federal budget decisions. As permitted by HUD, a restricted portion of CDBG funds can be expended for public services (15% of CDBG) and administrative and planning costs (20% of CDBG and 10% of HOME).
As in years past, City staff will assist the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) in the allocation recommendation process. The City will accept applications for funding beginning November 1, 2017 through December 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm. No applications will be accepted after December 1, 2017.
New and returning applicants are REQUIRED to attend a Proposal Review meeting. The Proposal Review meeting will allow applicants to ask specific questions with regard to their proposal’s eligibility for CDBG/HOME funding and whether the proposed project will further implement the 2018-2023 Consolidated Plan’s goals and objectives. The Proposal Review meetings will be held on October 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Development Services office, 1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 110, and October 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Commission room of City Hall, 6 E 6th St.
Applications are available on the Community Development Division CDBG/HOME website or in the Development Services office, 1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 110.
Thank you for your interest in the City’s CDBG and HOME programs. If you have questions about the application process or wish to discuss a specific funding proposal, please do not hesitate to contact Community Development staff at (785) 832-7700.