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2020 CDBG Public Services & Mental Health Board Application

Agencies may apply for Community Development Block Grant - Public Services (CDBG-PS) and/or Mental Health Board funds online for FY 2020, January 1 through December 31, using a single application which will be available in September 2019. City programs may apply for CDBG awards only. Funds are allocated annually by the Housing & Community Development Act Committee (HCDA) and the Mental Health Board (MHB) for programs and services that address the needs of Evanston’s at-risk residents, primarily lower income individuals and families. The CDBG Public Facilities & Improvements Application is a separate application (see below). 

External Applicants for funding must:

  • Attend one mandatory pre-application meeting at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center in room 2402. Meetings will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM and Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
  • Complete a Letter of Intent in ZoomGrants due by Friday, October 4, 2019.
  • Complete a full application in ZoomGrants due by Monday, October 21, 2019.

Eligibility for funding, funding priorities in 2020, use of ZoomGrants, and reporting requirements will be covered at the pre-application meetings. All meetings and deadlines will be provided in September 2019.  

External organizations that do not have a representative in attendance at the appropriate pre-application meeting will not be considered; attendance will be recorded. 

Applications will be reviewed by the HCDA and/or MHB at public meetings - all meeting dates to be determined. Applicants will be notified of the date their application will be reviewed. All meeting times and dates are subject to change. Please check the City Calendar regularly for updates.

CDBG funding recommendations will be included in the City's 2020 Action Plan, a draft of which will be published for the 30-day public comment period in October 2019. The draft Action Plan will be reviewed and approved by the Housing & Community Development Act Committee at its public meeting in November. The Action Plan will be submitted to City Council for approval following receipt of 2020 grant amounts from HUD. MHB funding recommendations will be reviewed and approved by the City's Human Services Committee and City Council as part of the 2020 budget process. All dates and times will be provided when they have been established.

**See below for resources and tools to assist with grant application and management**

CDBG-PS/MHB Fund Application  Apply via ZoomGrants™

CDBG Public Facilities & Improvements Application

The HCDA will accept applications for 2020 Community Development Block Grant funds for Public Facilities & Improvements (CDBG-PF) projects through ZoomGrants. CDBG funds are allocated annually for capital improvement projects that serve primarily income-eligible individuals and families.

Public Facilities & Improvements applications will be accepted from nonprofit entities and City of Evanston departments for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation (including removal of architectural barriers to accessibility), or installation of public improvements or facilities that serve primarily low and moderate income residents and are either publicly owned or owned by a nonprofit and operated so as to be open to the general public.

External applicants for funding must:

  • Attend one mandatory pre-application meeting at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center in room 2402. Meetings will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM and Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM.
  • Complete a Letter of intent in ZoomGrants due by Friday, October 4, 2019.
  • Complete a full application in ZoomGrants due by Monday, October 21, 2019.

 Pre-application meetings will cover eligibility for funding, funding priorities in 2020, use of ZoomGrants, and reporting requirements. All meeting dates and times will be provided when they have been established.

External organizations that do not have a representative in attendance at the appropriate pre-application meeting will not be considered; attendance will be recorded. 

Applications will be reviewed by the HCDA at public meetings. Applicants will be notified of the date their application will be reviewed.

CDBG Public Facilities & Improvements  Apply via ZoomGrants™

**See below for resources and tools to assist with grant application and management**

Housing Programs

CDBG applications for housing programs will be accepted from City of Evanston departments only. The City of Evanston is not accepting applications for CDBG funds for housing programs or projects from non-profits or developers. However, home owners or rental property owners may be eligible for assistance through the City of Evanston Housing Rehabilitation Program, which provides financial assistance in the form of below-market rate loans for the purpose of improving the quality of Evanston's housing stock. These loans are available to approved income-eligible owner-occupants and owners of residential investment properties that are occupied primarily by income eligible households. Click Housing Rehab Loans for more information or call 847-448-4311.

Grant Resources & Tools

Public Services Pre-Application

Public Facilities Pre-Application

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan 

EvanstonNRSA.pdf

 2019 HUD Income Limits

Applications can be used as a guide for agencies interested in applying for 2020 funds. They are for reference and/or information only.

 2018 CDBG Public Facilities & Improvements Funding application   2018 CDBG Public Services/MHB  Funding application

Income Eligibility Documentation

Sample Income Eligibility Form

OMB Omni-Circular

The OMB Omni-Circular, provided by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), outlines requirements for bidding and procurement, organization and capacity, and ways to focus Federal grant resources to improve performance and outcomes while ensuring the financial integrity of taxpayer dollars. It streamlines eight Federal regulations into a single, comprehensive policy guide. Please click below to review.

https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-30465

Time & Activity Tracking for personnel costs

OnLine Presentation for Time and Activity Tracking , Example of Timesheet from HUD & Sample Timesheet

ADA Handbook

Illinois Accessibility Code

ADA Information

ADA-Examples of accommodations