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City of Colorado Springs/CDBG Funding
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.
A program must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the 2013 Human Services funding with the City of Colorado Springs:
- Sponsoring agency must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) or 509(a).
- Funding must be for programs/services that fall into one of the two following Impact Areas:
- Emergency Care and Shelter. This impact area includes services provided to homeless and indigent persons and victims of family violence. Services may address emergency activities including short-term shelter operations, support services and meals to the homeless.
- Youth Services. This impact area includes services such as prevention and intervention programs for low and very low income youth-at-risk (ages birth through seventeen (17) years). Services may include activities that address alcohol, drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy, infant/toddler childcare, and parenting skills instruction.
- Funding is for services and eligible participants residing within the Colorado Springs City limits.
- City Agreements are effective January 1 to December 31, 2013. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) agreements are effective April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Funding is determined by the volunteer Fund Allocations Committee based on the amount of funds available in each budget.
- Programs must meet the National Objectives and Eligibility Requirements (refer to National Objectives on page 4).
- One agency must serve as a fiscal agency for collaborative program funding.
- Human Service activities do not include: political activities or direct payments to individuals for their food, clothing, rent, utilities, or other income payments.
- Agencies may only apply up for to up to 25% of a total program budget.
- Minimum contract funding awarded is $5,000.
- An agency can only apply for a particular program in one impact area (i.e. an agency that applies for a program under Youth Services cannot also apply for that same program in Emergency Care and Shelter).
- If an agency wishes to submit an application for more than one program, they must submit a separate application for each program or activity. (Once again, they can only apply for one program per impact area.)
- Health care services (to include mental health services) are NOT eligible for human service funding through this process.
- Organizations that apply for funding and intend to ask for funds for personnel costs must have a payroll system that includes timesheets or timecards with categorized time-tracking or must be willing to create one if the organization receives funding – including time tracking for salaried staff members – as payroll records are required for documentation when submitting a Request for Reimbursement for these funds.
City Funding: January 1 – December 31
CDBG Funding: April 1 – March 31 of the following year
The City of Colorado Springs is reconsidering the timeline for its annual allocations process and will be issuing a request for proposal for the 2014 process after the first of the year. The intent is to better align its grantmaking with the City’s strategic priorities as directed in the annual municipal budget presented by the Mayor and approved by City Council.
Council will take public input on the annual budget at a public hearing/e-town hall on October 17, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:30pm at City Hall. More information can be found at www.springsgov.com.
City Council is required to approve the 2014 budget by December 31, 2013. Additional information on the allocations process will be made available following the budget approval.
The agency must submit an application for any grant. The agency’s financials are then reviewed first by the Stewardship Committee. This group of accounting professionals ensures that there is genuine need in the agency, that the agency is running in a fiscally responsible manner, and that they have a plan in place for long-term financial sustainability beyond this immediate crisis.
If approved, the applications are then reviewed by the City/CDBG Fund Allocation volunteers. This group is made up of community citizens who are well informed about community needs. After reviewing applications, site visits and discussion, they make a decision and a recommendation for funding amount. This recommendation is sent to our Community Impact Committee for review and then to the City of Colorado Springs for approval.
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