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Grants Administration and Special Projects

Public Hearing

Montgomery County’s Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) will conduct a Public Hearing on COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDAC recommends how Montgomery County’s competitively awarded federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are used, so your input is important. The hearing will be held on: 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:15 P.M.
Stella B. Werner Office Building
7th Floor Council Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland

Call the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Finance and Administration Division at (240) 777-3621 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to register to testify or if you need additional information. 

Meeting rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. Hearing impaired and interpreting services are available upon request. Please call (240) 777-3621 or TTY (240) 777-3679 at least 72 hours before the hearing to request such service.

 

Funding Available for Nonprofits

Applications for the fiscal year 2020 round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) are due Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM. The application form and instructions can be accessed here:

Instructions          Application

(Please note that if you downloaded the application prior to 3:00 PM on 9-5 that the "other" part of section IV on page 8 will not total correctly. This has been corrected.) 

See the section below for more information on CDBG Public Service Grants. If you have questions about the application process you may call the Grants Administration and Special Projects staff: Matt Greene at (240) 777-3631 or Trivens Kargbo at (240) 777-3794.

The City of Takoma Park also has its own CDBG program which provides Public Service grants. If some or all of your intended beneficiaries are likely to be residents of Takoma Park you may consider applying for funds that program. It is permitted to fund grantee programs and activities from different sources, including CDBG funds from separate jurisdictions. You can find more information on the Takoma Park program online:

City of Takoma Park, MD

 

The Grants Administration and Special Projects Section is responsible for administering the housing and community development related grants Montgomery County receives annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The grants include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Program Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). We also handle special federal grants that may arise from time to time. A recent example is the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

The Section is also responsible for preparing Montgomery County's Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, which described the County's policies for how it will spend these federal funds to address such pressing issues as affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and homelessness.  To find out more about the works of the section, please click on one of the links below:

Other important information:

Funding Sources

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides Montgomery County and other local governments with the opportunity to develop viable communities by funding activities that provide decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. Funds are awarded to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.

The County received approximately 4.1 million dollars in CDBG funds in fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017). These funds are available for activities such as Housing Rehabilitation and Public Service Grants.

The following jurisdictions do not participate with the County in the CDBG, ESG and HOME programs; therefore, no activities may be funded for these areas: Town of Barnesville, Chevy Chase View, Chevy Chase Village, Village of Chevy Chase (section 3), Town of Laytonsville, Village of Martin's Additions.

HOME Program

The HOME Investment Partnership's program is designed to increase affordable housing choices for low-income households through the development of rental housing. HOME funds are loaned to non-profit and for-profit developers for a variety of affordable housing activities including acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, and tenant-based rental assistance. In fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017), Montgomery County received approximately 1.4 million dollars in HOME funds.

Non-profit and for-profit developers of housing may contact DHCA to see if their project qualifies for HOME funds.

CDBG Public Service Grants

Each year, Montgomery County awards public service grants to groups to carry out programs that directly serve low-income people, often people with special needs. These "special needs" populations include some of our most vulnerable residents: the elderly, children and youth, recent immigrants, the homeless, people with mental and physical disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, people with addictions, and victims of violence.

Public service grants are funded with Montgomery County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds - in fiscal year 2019 (July 2018 - June 2019), the County awarded $532,042 to support 14 nonprofit groups throughout the county. You can see a list of all grantees for fiscal years 2012-2019 here. (Please note that the City of Takoma Park has its own CDBG program which provides Public Service Grants. You can find a link to this program at the top of this page.)

Applications for public service grants are accepted once a year (usually around mid-September). They are reviewed by DHCA staff to determine eligibility and conformance with the County's CDBG funding policy. Applications are then reviewed by the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC), a diverse group of county residents appointed by the County Executive to make recommendations regarding CDBG funding requests. Both the Director of DHCA and the CDAC will recommend CDBG projects for funding to the County Executive, who will then make final recommendations to the County Council. The County Council, as part of the budget process, will then determine the final selection of activities to be funded with CDBG funds. Funds are generally available to grantees after September 1 of the following year - almost one year after the application is submitted.

Emergency Solutions Grant

Montgomery County is the prime recipient of federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds through the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). The County is also the Lead Agency for the Montgomery County Continuum of Care (CoC) through its Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS). As the Lead Agency, MCDHHS chairs the CoC Governing Board, supports CoC sub-committees, oversees the HMIS system, manages the annual Point-in-Time Count, develops system-wide policies and works with the CoC to identify service needs. MCDHHS also administered the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. In order to assure collaboration with the CoC and integration of ESG funds into the Continuum’s activities, MCDHHS administers the Emergency Solutions Grant under a memorandum of understanding with DHCA.

The program contact for ESG is Sara Black, MCDHHS, (240) 777-4082, Sara.Black@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

In 2009, the Federal Government awarded Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds nationally to states and local governments to address the national housing foreclosure problem.

Montgomery County received $2,073,965 of NSP funds as a direct allocation.  The State of Maryland also received a direct allocation of NSP funds from the federal government and established the "Neighborhood Conservation Initiative Program (NCI) and made a portion of these monies available to participants through a competitive process.  Montgomery County received $2,500,000 of these NSP funds through the state's NCI program.

Montgomery County used a total of approximately $4.5 million NSP monies to provide funding to the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), one of our two public housing authorities, for the purchase and rehabilitation of 23 foreclosed houses for lease to low-income county residents.  The majority of the people housed have household incomes at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) with emphasis on homes that will accommodate larger families.  HOC rehabilitated these homes to make them as low-maintenance and energy efficient as possible.

All NSP funds have been expended. 

For further information, please contact Stevens Brown at (240) 777-3685.

 

Electronic Benefit Data Reporting / CDBG Quarterly Reporting System

NOTE:  CDBG Reporting submittal requirements have changed as of 4/15/18.  Logon is no longer required.  Please follow instructions below.

CDBG Grantees must submit Quarterly Benefit Data Reports no later than the 10th of the month following each quarter.  Please download the reporting form, open it using Acrobat Reader or any other compatible PDF reader, fill it out, and email it to gael.LeGuellec@montgomerycountymd.gov.  If you have questions or are experiencing problems please contact Gael Le Guellec at (240) 777 – 3648.​

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