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New FAQ Released for Open 2017 CDBG NOFA

October 27, 2017
The Department of Housing and Economic Development (HCD) has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to assist non-entitlement cities and counties complete the currently open Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
 
This 2017 NOFA includes $10.5 million specifically for economic development activities and $22.9 million for community development activities. Applications must be received in requested format no later than Dec. 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. 
 
New in this Year’s NOFA
 
The 2017 NOFA includes several changes that, according to HCD, allow it to manage the program within current resources.
 
In addition to changes made to the application submittal process, applicants will now be able to request waivers from the HCD to the 50 percent expenditure rule. Currently, applicants are ineligible to receive additional CDBG funds unless they have expended at least 50 percent of previously awarded funds. Page 16 of the NOFA includes information on the waiver process.
 
Notably, HCD has decreased the number of activities per application from three to two per application. It has increased the maximum application limit from $2 million to $5 million.
 
In a policy shift, applicants will now be allowed to propose one CDBG eligible activity as a Supplemental Activity providing a more flexible tool for expending available program income.
 
The 2017 NOFA will apply priority state objective “points” to applications proposing disaster resiliency long term planning and activities that promote civic engagement in all segments of the community.
 
Contact Information
 
Please contact the NOFA Unit Staff via email at CDBGNOFA@hcd.ca.gov.


 
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