City of Santa Fe: Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD allocates CDBG funds to the City of Santa Fe to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward stabilizing housing and neighborhoods, public services, economic development, and providing improved public facilities and services. The authorizing statute of the CDBG program requires that each activity applying for funding except program administration and planning activities must meet one of the three national objectives: 1) benefit to low and moderate income (LMI) persons or households; 2) elimination of slum and blight; or 3) address an urgent community need that threatens the health or welfare of residents.
Although Santa Fe must administer the use of CDBG funds in accordance with specific federal regulations, the Santa Fe City Council determines how to use the grant money according to the local needs. In Santa Fe, the CDBG funds are dispersed on a competitive basis to agencies/projects selected by the Santa Fe Community Development Commission and approved by the City Council. The City develops its own programs and funding priorities through the Five Year Consolidated Plan and subsequent Annual Action Plans. Some eligible activities that can be funded by CDBG include, but are not limited to the following:
- Housing activities
- Real property
- Public facilities and public improvements (defined as all facilities and improvements that are publicly owned or are owned by a non-profit and open to the public during normal working hours)
- Public service activities (subject to 15% cap)
- Other types of assistance
Amount: Not specified; total available is dependent upon the City of Santa Fe’s federal CDBG allocation amount.
Eligibility: The City of Santa Fe accepts applications annually from sub-recipients to undertake eligible activities as defined by HUD. Sub-recipients include: public or private nonprofit agencies, authorities, or organizations; for-profit entities who provide assistance specifically to microenterprises; and institutions of higher learning.
Note: A mandatory technical assistance training will be held on January 17, 2017.
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