Community Development Block Grant Program Applications
Communities interested in applying for funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program should begin preparing their application as soon as possible. The 2016 CDBG grant application deadline has been set for September 30, 2016.
The Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity (DCEO) utilizes the following information to score grant applications.
- Community Income Surveys, Low-to-Moderate Income Level (25% of overall score). Communities that apply for CDBG funding must demonstrate that their proposed project will benefits 51% low-to-moderate income persons as determined by U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. Utilizing a community-wide or targeted area income survey (depending on the project) is the preferred method to determine if your community is eligible to apply for CDBG funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Income surveys are active for a period of five (5) years. If you have an out-of-date survey or are interested in conducting a new survey, please contact NCICG. Surveys done prior to January 1, 2011 will not be accepted.
- Project Readiness (50% of overall score) – Communities must demonstrate Project Readiness by including the following in their application:
- Evidence that 75% of all necessary easements have been obtained;
- Copies of all necessary executed cooperative agreements(if applicable);
- An executed option to purchase land (if applicable);
- Firm leverage commitment (documentation varies by funding source);
- Preliminary Engineering Report – MUST describe the scope of the problem, options considered for addressing the problem and justification for the option selected, and;
- Final Engineering Design – Complete plans and specifications completed and submitted to IEPA;
- IEPA Construction Permit issued and in place by projected June, 2016 deadline.
- Public Health and Safety (25% of overall score). Projects must eliminate a serious threat to the public health and safety. This is documented by independent evidence (e.g. well water tests, surface water tests, pressure tests, televising, photos, IEPA violation letters, water and sewer main break log, boil orders & map, etc.). Threat to health and safety documentation must not be older than five (5) years.
In addition to the above criteria, applicants must provide a 25% match to the grant and provide financial need documentation.
- Local Match – A 25% match is required to obtain a CDBG grant. Obtaining a FIRM commitment of funds from any source (E.g. USDA Rural Development, IEPA, or local bank) may take a significant amount of time. If using local funds, your audit or interim financial statement must show that you currently have cash available to pay the 25% leverage match. The municipality’s council/board will pass a Commitment of Funds Resolution committing funds to the project. Communities cannot change their leverage source after submitting their application.
- Financial Need – Communities applying for a CDBG grant must provide a list of identified capital infrastructure projects and their costs.
Please contact NCICG if you have any questions about the CDBG program.