Community Development Block Grant


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
  (CDBG)


WHAT IS THE CDBG PROGRAM?

The 2018 program year is the 36th year that the Governor of the State of Utah elected to administer the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the purpose of which is:

"To assist in developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income (LMI)."

The Five County Association of Governments has been designated by the State of Utah to receive and evaluate applications for (CDBG) funds within the southwest region.

All CDBG projects are required by Congressional mandate to meet at least one of three identifiable "National Objectives" in order to qualify for funding.

The three "National Objectives" are:

1)  low and moderate income (LMI) benefit;
2)  aiding in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and
3)  urgent health and welfare compliance.

WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS CAN BE UNDERTAKEN WITH CDBG FUNDS IN SOUTHWESTERN UTAH?

Projects are also reviewed for compliance with the regionally prepared Consolidated Plan. Traditionally, the majority of CDBG funds in Southwestern Utah have been allocated to "brick and mortar" projects such as fire stations, culinary water systems, wastewater systems, etc.

A portion of the allocation has also been used on projects intended to eliminate architectural barriers which limit access by disabled persons, payment of sewer connection fees, be used as leverage for other housing funding for affordable housing projects undertaken by local housing authorities and community housing development organizations, and provide technical planning assistance.

The prioritization of projects is made by local elected officials who are best suited to determine local needs and priorities than a distant non-elected bureaucrat.

WHAT AREAS OF SOUTHWESTERN UTAH DOES THE 'SMALL CITIES' CDGB PROGRAM OPERATE IN?

The Small Cities CDBG Program is available in all of the five county area (Beaver, Garfiled, Iron, Kane and Washington Counties.) The only exception is the City of St. George, which is a HUD Entitlement City. The City of St. George recieves an annual allocation of funding directly from HUD. Projects within the City of St. George are applied directly to that City.

Please contact our Community Development Program Specialist Nate Wiberg (see below) for more information on this.


WHAT PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED  RECENTLY,  AND  OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM,  IN SOUTHWESTERN UTAH?

The link directly below will show you an example of the kinds of the projects that have been funded with CDBG in the Five County AOG region in the past.


Please
CLICK HERE to view the "History of CDBG Funding 1982-2014" in southwestern Utah. These charts and tables include the types of projects funded by county, as well asa the CDBG dollar amounts allocated.  The lists presented cover the the grant program from it's inception until 2014. This information will be updated soon with program year 2015 and 2016 projects.


HOW CAN MY NON-PROFIT ORANIZATION, SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICT (SSD) OR JURISDICTION PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS?

Each year notification is sent by the State of Utah CDBG office to the FCAOG indicating that the CDBG program will continue for another year. The FCAOG then formally notifies each jurisdiction in the region of the new program year along with an announcement of the upcoming dates of the CDBG Application Workshops.

The Five County Association of Governments, in conjunction with the State of Utah Division of Housing & Community Development, conducts two duplicate Application Workshops, more commonly referred to as the "How-to-Apply" workshops. These are typically held in late October or early November.

The "How to Apply" workshops will be advertised on the this page and the homepage of this web site, once they are scheduled.

Each jurisdiction which intends to apply for funding for its own project, or to sponsor an eligible subgrantee, such as a not-for-profit organization, is required to have an elected official attend one of the two workshops.

Any jurisdiction that is contemplating applying for CDBG funding must assign at least one elected official from their governing body to attend one of the two scheduled workshops, whether you are applying directly, or if you are sponsoring another entity through your jurisdiction. A representative of the “other entity” must also be in attendance with the elected official.

As mentioned, these workshops will be held in late October or early November. All cities, towns, and counties are notified of these workshops.

HOW ARE PROJECTS REVIEWED?

All applications that are received by an announced application deadline (usually the first day February) are reviewed by both FCAOG staff and state CDBG staff for completeness and threshold eligibility.

Complete, threshold eligible, project applications are then subjected to a comprehensive regional rating and ranking procedure using criteria regional developed and approved by the FCAOG Steering Committee.

WHAT IS THIS REGION'S CDBG RATING & RANKING CRITERIA?

All threshold eligible projects are thoroughly evaluated utilizing a regional rating and ranking criteria matrix that was developed by the Community Development program staff and approved each August by formal motion by the Association's Steering Committee. 

The criteria is approved each year prior to the beginning of a new funding cycle for CDBG so that prospective applicants can know before hand how their potential projects will be evaluated if applied for.

If you would like to view/print the 2018 Program Year Rating & Ranking Criteria, please CLICK HERE


Please CLICK HERE to view the September-October 2017 Association Newsletter that announces the 2018 CDBG Program Year.


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE SMALL CITIES CDBG PROGRAM IN SOUTHWESTERN UTAH,  HOW CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION?

For more information on the CDBG program, please contact:

Nate Wiberg, Associate Planner
Phone: (435) 673-3548, extension 105
Fax: (435) 673-3540



Please click on this link to e-mail Nate: nwiberg@fivecounty.utah.gov








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