What is the Community Development Block Grant Program?
- Give maximum feasibility priority to activities which will benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) families,
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight, and
- May also include activities which are designed to meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the community.
Community Improvement Grant (CIG)
The City is preparing a CIG application for submission by April 1, 2021. The CIG subprogram of CDBG primarily funds physical improvements to downtowns, and is intended to follow a BDR planning grant. The maximum award is $1,000,000.
The City is pursuing funding for streetscape and related improvements in the downtown area, façade grants for privately-owned buildings in the project area, a wayfinding signage program throughout the City to install directional signage to downtown and significant attractions, and administration costs.
The City held a public hearing on March 4, 2021 to solicit public input for the project. Find the hearing fact sheet HERE.
The next public hearing is scheduled for March 24, 2021 at 6 pm both virtually and in-person. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE.
Join by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5528910134 OR in person at 2039 Sycamore Ave. in Council Chambers.
Community Development Block Grant - Business District Revitalization Planning Grant
In late 2019, the City was awarded a CDBG Business District Revitalization (BDR) Planning Grant of $35,000 to study economic restructuring strategies and physical redevelopment opportunities for downtown.
The goal was to create a forward looking plan for the City’s Downtown Business District, identifying revitalization needs and priorities, while developing a community vision and revitalization strategy, which includes a plan for promoting local identity and opportunity, an economic restructuring plan, and a physical improvements plan for the downtown area.
This plan was completed in January 2021 and is available HERE.
You may also watch the February 2021 live presentation HERE.
A printed copy of the plan is also available in the Planning Office at 2039 Sycamore Avenue.
Community Development Block Grant - Opportunity Zone Marketing Grant
In late 2019 the City was awarded a CDBG Opportunity Zone Marketing grant of $15,000. This was successfully implemented in 2020 and resulted in a prospectus highlighting eligible properties in the City, as well as multiple calls with developers and contractors about development opportunities in the City.
You may find a copy of the prospectus HERE.