The City of Lawrence Accepts Applications for CDBG and HOME Grants
The City of Lawrence invites nonprofit and for-profit organizations to submit applications for projects to be funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program as part of the 2022 Annual Action Plan. The funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City anticipates available CDBG funding to be approximately $750,000.00 and HOME funding to be approximately $450,000.00. Each year, the City of Lawrence, through the Housing Initiatives Division of the Planning & Development Services Department, uses a competitive application process to fund both public service and non-public service programs and activities.
In order to be eligible for funding, every CDBG-funded activity must qualify as meeting one of the three national objectives of the program. Those three objectives are identified as:
1. Benefiting Low- and Moderate- Income (LMI) Persons (at least 70% of the funds must be used in this category)
2. Preventing or Eliminating Slums or Blight
3. Meeting Urgent Needs
HOME funds may be used by a participating jurisdiction to provide incentives to develop and support affordable rental housing and homeownership affordability through the acquisition (including assistance to homebuyers), new construction, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of non-luxury housing with suitable amenities, including real property acquisition, site improvements, conversion, demolition, and other expenses, including financing costs, relocation expenses of any displaced persons, families, businesses, or organizations; to provide tenant-based rental assistance, including security deposits; to provide payment of reasonable administrative and planning costs, and to provide for the payment of operating expenses of community housing development organizations.
The City will accept applications for funding from January 3, 2022, through February 4, 2022, at 5 p.m. They are available on the Housing Initiatives Division CDBG/HOME website or in the Planning & Development Services office, 1 Riverfront Plaza Suite 320.
All applications are initially reviewed by the staff of Housing Initiatives to determine eligibility under HUD’s criteria and conformance with the City’s CDBG/HOME funding policies and priorities. HOME applications are then reviewed and scored by the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB), and CDBG applications are reviewed and scored by city staff. Applications recommended for funding will be forwarded to the City Commission. The City Commission will make the final selection of those activities and projects to be funded with CDBG/HOME funds. The City Commission will review the proposed activities in the annual Action Plan in May of each year. The approved Action Plan will be submitted to HUD for approval, with the grant funds being available after the beginning of August. Each grantee selected to receive funds is required to sign a grant agreement with the City.
If you need more information on these funds call the Housing Initiatives staff at (785) 832-7700.