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Community Centers, Parks & Libraries

Increasing opportunities for community engagement, health, connectedness and vibrancy, this program provides funding to help in the construction or renovation of public recreational facilities and libraries.

FUNDING

Up to $2,000 per beneficiary with a maximum of

$600,000

<5,000 Beneficiaries

$750,000

>5,000 Beneficiaries

Match

25%

of the awarded grant amount

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 1, 2023

HOW TO APPLY

Qualify

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    Have an acceptable use project
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    Benefit low-to-moderate income households
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    At least 25% matching funds

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Program Overview

Funding Amounts

$3 million has been allocated for the Community Centers, Libraries and Parks Grant program in 2023. Communities can receive up to $2,000 per beneficiary up to $600,000 (<5,000 population) and $750,000 (>5,000). Administrative costs are limited to $25,000.

Qualifying Projects

This program funds projects to increase community engagement, health, connectedness and vibrancy in communities. Eligible expenses include:

  • Construction or renovation of new or existing community centers, libraries, or parks.
  • Installation of benches, playground equipment, splash pads, restrooms, picnic areas, or renovations to existing swimming pools.
  • Engineering and architectural costs and fees.
  • Administration costs for grant funds.

Selection Criteria

Grant applications are evaluated for funding based on project need, readiness, impact, sustainability and matching funds source and availability.

Key considerations include:

  • Demonstrating that alternative solutions were examined to address the facility need.
  • Projects that leverage local match amounts of 50% of the total costs will score higher.
  • At least 51% of all program participants must meet LMI (low-to-moderate income) requirements - which is at or below 80% of the Average Median Income for the county in which the family resigns.
  • Communities who have not been awarded a CDBG Grant in the annual competition within the last five years in Housing, Community Facilities, or Water and Sewer will receive 10 bonus points on their application rating.
  • 10 bonus points will be awarded if at least 10% of local match comes from other private sources such as foundations (not bonds or state and federal agencies).
  • Download grant guidelines for more information on program requirements.

FAQs

What are the rules if we are purchasing an existing building?

The grantee must follow Uniform Relocation Act (URA). If CDBG is paying for the building or will be counted for the match, do not sign a deed, you only need an option to purchase.

Can an established community center or library apply for renovations and updates to their building with CDBG funds?

Yes, updates and renovations of the facility are eligible items with grant funding.

Can an application be submitted for a senior only center or a youth only center?

Currently, we are accepting applications for community-wide benefit community centers. Senior centers and youth centers are considered limited clientele projects that limit access to the facility to only seniors or youth, so they are ineligible.

As an alternative to having a senior or youth-only project, the community could design their buildings to have specific spaces that serve those groups' needs and can also be used by other beneficiaries.

Can our community center have a workout room and a gymnasium?

Yes, those are eligible spaces to house within the facility. The purchase of the equipment to place in those spaces is not eligible. Only the construction of the building is eligible.

Are fire stations and/or fire trucks available for CDBG funding under community facilities for 2023?

Fire stations are eligible for 2023 CDBG funding under the Community Centers category. Fire trucks are not eligible for 2023.

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Tips for Success

Community Centers, Parks and Libraries typically are city wide projects. To determine if that is the case, please contact the CDBG team for approval of your project area prior to application.

Ten Bonus Points for all CDBG Applications are available for applicants who have not had a Housing, Community Facilities or Water/Sewer project with CDBG within the last 5 years. Securing at least 10% of a project's matching funds from a private funding source will result in an additional 5 bonus points on applications.

If your community does not automatically qualify as a 51% LMI (low-to-moderate income) community, an income based survey can be conducted in most circumstances to evaluate the current income climate of the community.

Gathering letters of support is a great way to enhance your grant application. Get a broad base of community leaders to confirm the importance of your project.

How to Apply

Qualify

LMI help The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet a community development need having a particular urgency.

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*LMI calculations are from 2015 Census and LMI by household are from 2022 HUD Section 8. Final LMI will be confirmed upon application review.

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Find Assistance

Assistance from a professional with CDBG grant experience can help you streamline and strengthen your application. Some or all of the costs to engage help can be covered by your award.

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Have Questions?

Email Ginny Eardley, CDBG Specialist,
[email protected]
(785) 230-6319