Apply for Grant Funding
These instructions assist in proposal submissions in response to Chesterfield County’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for federal funds involving Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program). We refer to these sources as county funds.
Power Point slides from the 10/27/20 virtual information session
RFP for CDBG and HOME Funds Application
- If your RFP response is related to preparing, preventing or responding to the coronavirus, you may also qualify for a separate type of funding called CDBG-CV.
- The deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020
- Applicants must submit a copy of the proposal electronically to Dan Cohen
- Proposals MUST be 10 or fewer pages in total length
Proposals will be evaluated as presented. Incomplete submissions have a life of one business day (or Thursday, Dec. 10 ) following the submission deadline for administrative documentation only. A letter indicating such must accompany incomplete submissions. No exceptions will be allowed.
Funds will be provided on a cost reimbursement and performance basis. No “up front” or advance uses or expenses will be eligible for funding. It is highly unlikely that county funds will cover 100% of any project or program.
The proposal must demonstrate that other funding sources are available, committed, and will be utilized prior to the use of any county funds. Failure to demonstrate proof of other funding sources may eliminate proposal from consideration, competition, and/or award.
All applications for funding must be able to demonstrate the ability to validate that the area where the program/project will be conducted meets federal income requirements that benefit low- to moderate-income individuals.
Additionally, applications must clearly demonstrate project/program readiness or that the project or program that the funding is being requested for will be ready to begin construction or operate and begin providing services immediately after July 1, 2021.
HUD regulations stipulate that CDBG funding is to provide a short term “seed” funding alternative to enable implementation of a new program or service. Therefore, the application will also require that the applicant provide an exit strategy or a concise, realistic explanation of program sustainability after CDBG funding is no longer available.
Failure to meet any of these requirements or if the application package is not in compliance with all of the information required, the request for funding will not be considered. The County retains the right to contact organizations that have submitted requests for funding to obtain clarification of information provided or ask questions about a submission.
Please note that should your organization be approved for funding, federal reporting requirements are very rigid, time sensitive, and can be staff intensive; however, are a non-negotiable contract stipulation.
An environmental review is the process of reviewing a project and its potential environmental impacts to determine whether it meets federal, state, and local environmental standards. The environmental review process is required for all HUD-assisted projects to ensure that the proposed project does not negatively impact the surrounding environment and that the property site itself will not have an adverse environmental or health effect on end users.
Not every project is subject to a full environmental review (i.e., every project's environmental impact must be examined, but the extent of this examination varies), but every project must be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other related Federal and state environmental laws.
A preliminary environmental review will be performed for all proposals, regardless of funding recommendations or decisions. CDBG staff may contact you for additional information and/or photographs during the proposal review process. The environmental review will be finalized when proposals are selected for funding and will determine if modifications to the program design are necessary.
No funds may be committed to a proposed project prior to release of funds authorization from HUD. If the proposed project involves ground disturbance, demolition, construction, site improvements, or acquisition of property on which such activities will take place you may not take any action except for option agreements, until the environmental review compliance is achieved.