What is the Community Development Block Grant Program?”
Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. CDBG funds are allocated to Meriden on a formula basis.
What type of programs and projects are eligible for CDBG funds?”
HUDís CDBG regulations allow funds to be used for a range of public service, public facilities, and housing activities, including housing rehabilitation; code enforcement; acquisition of real property; infrastructure and public facility improvements; economic development; and social services. The primary eligibility requirement for an activity to be funded is that the project or program principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. HUD defines low- and moderate-income as a household that is at or below 80% of the median income for the area. Income guidelines are updated by HUD annually.
What is the local process for allocating CDBG grant funds?”
Each year beginning around mid-January the Office of Community Development publishes an advertisement in the Meriden Record Journal and on its website notifying the public of the availability of CDBG applications. After applications are received there are public hearings to discuss proposals. The City Council reviews requests and a proposed Annual Action Plan is developed based on funding recommendations. A 30-day public comment period follows. Around mid-May the City Council approves the final allocation or use of funds for the coming CDBG program year to begin on July 1st. The Community Development Office has policies and procedures for conducting the allocation process in the event that Meridenís annual CDBG allocation has not been announced by the beginning of the allocation process.
How does one apply for a CDBG grant?”
If you are interested in submitting an application for CDBG grant funds, please call or email the Office of Community Development and ask to be placed on the Cityís CDBG mailing list. When the informational/application packages are transmitted in mid-January of each year, you will receive one. Additionally, check the Office of Community Development webpage beginning in mid-January for a notice of funding availability.