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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies for Community Development Activities

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
191029

Funding Source
Ocean County Department of Planning
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey: Ocean County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/24 4:00 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public entities, and qualifying for-profits for community development activities in eligible communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to support public services, public facilities and improvements, and housing rehabilitation projects that benefit low- and moderate-income populations. Projects may also meet a community development need having a particular urgency. Funded projects must take place in Ocean County.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services. 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. The CDBG program funds most activities designed to benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons. That benefit may take the form of facility improvements, housing, jobs, and services. Additionally, activities may qualify for CDBG assistance if the activity will benefit all the residents of a primarily residential area where at least 51 percent of the residents are low- and moderate-income persons, i.e. area-benefit (LMA).

The Ocean County Planning Department is requesting applications from qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) and other eligible entities for participation in the CDBG program. Funds must be used for public facilities and improvements, public services, and/or housing rehabilitation associated with assisting and/or benefitting the low- and moderate-income population. Applications must be for the creation and/or maintenance of a program or project that centers on 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.

Eligible Activities and Expenses: https://www.co.ocean.nj.us//WebContentFiles//029_cdbg_ag.pdf#page=6



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations applying for public facility & improvements, public services, and housing rehabilitation funding can be a public or private non-profit agency, a for-profit entity, a public housing authority, or other government entities.
a.) Non-profit agencies must be established, operating agencies as evidenced through documentation required in the application. Exhibits to show tax-exempt status are required.
b.) Faith-based agencies are eligible to apply on the same basis as other non-profit organizations. However, CDBG funds cannot be used to support worship, proselytizing, or religious instruction. Religious activities must be offered separately, in time or location, from the CDBG supported activity. Projects operated by faith-based agencies must be available to all community members and not restricted to the organization’s membership or congregation.


Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- FY 2024 CDBG Applications Due: February 16, 2024 (Friday) at 4:00 P.M.
- Regional Non-Profits/Public Service Sub-Committee: March 5, 2024 (Tuesday) at 10:00 A.M.
- CDBG Steering Committee Meeting: March 5, 2024 (Tuesday) at 6:00 P.M.
- County Housing Advisory Committee (CHAC) Meeting: March 7, 2024 (Thursday) at 10:00 A.M.
- Draft Action Plan Due from Brick, Toms River, Jackson, & Lakewood: March 8, 2024 (Friday) at 4:30 P.M.
- Project Eligibility Determination and CDBG Process: March 2024
- 30-Day Public Comment Period/FY 2024 Action Plan: March 11, 2024 - April 10, 2024
- Action Plan Public Hearing #2: April 2, 2024 (Tuesday) at 4:30 P.M.
- Ocean County Board of Commissioners Pre-Board Meeting: April 24, 2024 (Wednesday) at 4:00 P.M.
- Ocean County Board of Commissioners Board Meeting | Public Hearing #3 | (Authorization to Submit to HUD): May 1, 2024 (Wednesday) at 4:00 P.M.
- Action Plan Submit to HUD: May 10, 2024 (Friday)
- Consolidated Program Year Begins (CDBG & HOME): July 1, 2024

Organizations receiving CDBG funding (subrecipients) must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and be an active registration with System of Award Management (SAM). Subrecipients must provide proof of SAM registration prior to the execution of a Subrecipient Agreement. HUD will not issue a grant agreement for awarded funds to a project applicant until the SAM account registration is active. Any contractors/service providers hired for the CDBG programs must also have an active registration with SAM prior to start or expenditure of funds.

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Term of Contract
Grant period: July 1, 2024 to January 31, 2026

Contact Information
Mail or deliver one (1) original application in a sealed envelope to the designated location:
Ocean County Planning Department
ATTN: CDBG Application
129 Hooper Avenue
First Floor
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
On the outside of the envelope, please reference “CDBG Application”.

Additionally, you may provide an email digital/electronic copy of the application and attachments to ocplanning@co.ocean.nj.us by the deadline specified above in a non-write protected Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf) or in a Microsoft Word format (.docx).

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