What is the Community Development Block Grant Program?”
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal grant which the City receives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Meriden, as an entitlement community, annually receives an allocation of funds under the program. Over the past few years, the City’s allocations have been approximately one million dollars. July 1, 2004 marks the beginning of year 30 (CD-30) of the City’s participation in this grant.
What type of programs and projects are eligible for CDBG funds?”
The CDBG regulations allow funds to be used for a wide range of activities such as housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, acquisition of real property, demolition, infrastructure and public facility improvements, economic development, and social services. The primary eligibility requirement for any such 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. These income guidelines are adjusted annually.
What is the local process for allocating CDBG grant funds?”
Each year beginning in mid-January the Community Development Office sends an informational package and application to all interested parties. After the application requests for funds are received, there is a public hearing held on all such requests. After a review of all such requests, a proposed use or the proposed allocation of CDBG funds is published, which is followed by a 30 day public comment period. In mid-May, the City Council approves the final allocation or use of funds for the new or next CDBG program year.
How does one apply?”
If you are interested in submitting an application for CDBG grant funds, please send a short note or letter to the Community Development Office asking to be placed on the City’s CDBG mailing list. When the informational/application packages are transmitted in mid-January of each year, you will receive one.
What is the State’s Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program?”
This program is not a grant program. Under this program, businesses which contribute money to locally designated non-profit agency projects receive a tax credit toward their state corporate income tax. Each year the City is required to designate the local agency projects for participation in the program. Businesses are then required to submit contribution letters of commitment to the Department of Revenue Services during a prescribed two week period.