The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement grant awarded to the City of Jacksonville through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD) that is based on population, income, unemployment level and housing conditions.
CDBG grants are used for a wide range of housing and community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services, and must give 'maximum feasible priority' to activities that will benefit low-and moderate-income persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Funds may also be used to meet other community development needs that present a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.
Who May Apply?
Corporations, associations, agencies or religious organizations with non-profit status under the Internal Revenue Code (Section 501(c)(3), and government non-profits, i.e., public agencies, commissions or authorities, may apply for CDBG funds. All proposed activities must meet eligibility requirements as set forth by U.S. HUD. Because funds are limited, not all organizations that apply will be awarded grants.
CDBG applicants will be required to attend a mandatory technical assistance workshop where CDD staff will provide training on the application process. The schedule of workshops will be advertised in the Times Union, Beaches Leader and Florida Star, and are posted on the 2018-19 Application Process Timeline
and Calendar at this site. No applications will be accepted from agencies that have not attended a technical assistance workshop. Applications are available online and at the Community Development Division after the first scheduled workshop.
· Acquiring real property (primarily land, buildings, and other permanent improvements to the property) for public purposes. This type of activity might include buying abandoned houses for rehabilitation or an old industrial site in a distressed neighborhood for redevelopment.
· Reconstructing or rehabilitating housing and other property. From homeless shelters to single-family homes and from playgrounds to shopping centers, CDBG enables communities to improve properties that have become less usable, whether due to age, neglect, natural disaster or changing needs.
· Building public facilities and improvements, such as streets, sidewalks, sewers, water systems, community and senior citizen centers and recreational facilities.
· Helping people prepare for and obtain employment through education and job training, welfare-to-work activities and other services.
· Assisting for-profit businesses for special economic development activities. Such projects might include micro-enterprise loans to low-income entrepreneurs, assembling land to attract new industry, or business expansion loans to help retain existing businesses that employ low-income workers.
· Providing public services for youth, seniors or the physically challenged. These might include day care centers, youth services and meals on wheels for the elderly, health care facilities, transportation or counseling.
· Carrying out crime reduction initiatives such as establishing neighborhood watch programs, providing extra police patrols, rehabilitating or constructing police substations and clearing abandoned buildings used for illegal activities.
· Assisting low-income homebuyers directly through, for example, down-payment assistance, subsidizing interest rates or helping with closing costs for first-time homebuyers.
· Enforcing local building codes to reverse housing deterioration and other signs of blight.
· Paying for planning and administrative expenses, such as costs relating to development of a consolidated plan and managing CDBG funds.
For more information regarding the CDBG application process, please call (904) 255-8241 or e-mail.
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