Annual CDBG Competition

Posted: March 12, 2020

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Grantor: Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

Additional Information
The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides funding to assist a wide range of eligible activities, including housing improvement projects, public facilities such as water and sewer lines, buildings such as local health centers or head start centers, and economic development projects. All projects must substantially benefit low and moderate income persons.

The maximum amount available per applicant is $750,000 for Single-Activity during regular competition and $1,000,000 for Multi-Activity during regular competition.

Local Match Requirements - Annual Competition:
  • Grants up to $300,000, or grants for single activity housing projects - no matching funds required.
  • Grants of $300,001 to $750,000 - 5% local matching funds required.
  • Grants of more than $750,001 - 10% local matching funds required.
Eligible applicants are units of general local government, excluding metropolitan cities, urban counties, and units of government eligible to participate in the urban counties or metropolitan cities programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eligible applicants selected for funding will be those having the greatest need as evidenced by poverty and per capita income and whose applications most adequately address the needs of low and moderate income persons and have the greatest impact.

Threshold Requirements
For the FY2020 Annual Competition, threshold requirements include the following standards:
  • Submission of a complete application
  • Compliance with all deadline requirements as noted in the Applicants’ manual
  • Meeting all requirements as specified by DCA for curing any application deficiencies
  • Completion of all professional procurement requirements, and
  • Completion of the Tribal Consultation portion of the Environmental Review not later than May 1, 2020.
Service Delivery Strategy (O.C.G.A. §36-70-20)
State law requires that all projects funded be consistent with the community’s adopted Service Delivery Strategy (O.C.G.A. §36-70-20). The appropriate citation of the Strategy along with attachments and service area maps should be included in the application, along with a signed certification that the project is consistent with the Strategy. Maps should include the project area, or facility, in relation to the approved service area for that activity. If the project is not covered by the adopted Strategy by May 1, 2020, it will not be eligible for funding unless any deficiencies are cured within 60 days after notification by DCA. 
Projects included in all housing and Multi-Activity applications must be included in the applicants’ Service Delivery Strategy by the applicable deadline, May 1, 2020.
It will not be necessary for an SDS to specifically identify that grant funds are a funding mechanism if other legal and appropriate funding sources are cited within the SDS document. Although it is prudent for a community’s SDS to contemplate the use of grant funds to support service provision, that language will not be included in the evaluation for the 2020 CDBG competition.  

In addition to DCA 1- 13, four additional forms (available online) are required:
  • Civil Rights Certification
  • Evidence of Compliance with SAM (through October 31, 2020)
  • Acknowledgment of LAP Requirement, and
  • LAP Threshold Certification.  
Program Contact
Kimberly Carter
Director – Office of Community Development
Phone: (404) 679-0604

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