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New Mexico Department of Finance: Community Development Block Grant 2016 Application for Community Infrastructure and Public Facilities Projects

Deadline: March 25, 2016

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was established to assist communities in providing essential community facilities, providing decent housing for residents, promoting economic development, and maintaining a suitable living environment. State and national objectives of the 2016 CDBG Program require that assistance be made available for activities that principally benefit persons of low- and moderate- income.

Eligible activities/categories include:

  • Community Infrastructure: Water and sewer systems, including storm sewers; street improvements consisting of roads, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, traffic control devices, street lighting; parking facilities; municipal utilities; and solid waste disposal systems.
  • Housing: Real property acquisition; rehabilitation; clearance of blighted properties; provision of public facilities to increase housing opportunities; financing the repair, rehabilitation, and in some cases, reconstruction of privately owned residential or other properties through either loan or grant programs; certain types of housing modernization; temporary relocation assistance; code enforcement; historic preservation activities.
  • Public Facility: Real property acquisition; construction or improvement of community centers; senior citizen centers; nonresidential centers for the handicapped such as sheltered workshops; other community facilities designed to provide health, social, recreational, or similar community services for residents.
  • Colonias: Communities must be within 150 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border and be designated by the county or municipality where it is located. The criteria necessary to qualify are lack of potable water supply; inadequate sewage system or lack of decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Amount: A total of $9,000,000 is estimated to be available. General applications are limited to a maximum of $500,000; Planning applications are limited to $50,000.

Eligibility:

  • All counties/incorporated municipalities
  • Other entities such as water associations, councils of government, public nonprofit groups, and special districts can only apply for a Planning grant
  • The entitlement cities of Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe are not eligible as they receive funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Link: http://www.nmdfa.state.nm.us/CDBG_Information_1.aspx

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