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The Community
Services Block Grant Program Community Economic Development Discretionary
Grant Program - Operational Projects

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, Office of Administration
(see all US Federal Agencies)

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Applications Due:

Jul 12, 2004
Received By

total funding: $11,000,000
max award: $700,000
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: 17
type of funding: Grant
Description:

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act of
1981, as amended, (Section 680 of the Community Opportunities,
Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998),
authorizes the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human
Services to make grants to provide technical and financial assistance for
economic development activities designed to address the economic needs of
low-income individuals and families by creating employment and business
development opportunities. Pursuant to this Announcement, OCS will award
operational project grants to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) that
are experienced in implementing economic development projects. The primary
purpose of the Operational Projects (OPs) is to assist eligible CDCs that
have in place written commitments for all projected non-OCS funding, project
operations and site control for their economic development project.
Low-income beneficiaries of such projects include those who are determined
to be living in poverty as determined by the HHS Guidelines on Poverty at
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/poverty.shtml. They may be unemployed, on
public assistance, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF),
are at risk teenagers, custodial and non-custodial parents, public housing
residents, persons with disabilities and persons who are homeless.
Operational Projects are designed to encourage rural and urban community
development corporations to create projects intended to provide employment
and business development opportunities for low-income people through
business or commercial development. Generally the opportunities must aim to
improve the quality of the economic and social environment of TANF
recipients; low-income residents including displaced workers; at-risk
teenagers; non-custodial parents, particularly those of children receiving
TANF assistance; individuals residing in public housing; individuals who are
homeless; and individuals with disabilities. Grant funds under this
announcement are intended to provide resources to eligible applicants (CDCs)
but also have the broader objectives of arresting tendencies toward
dependency, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and
rural areas. Eligible applicants should submit a business plan that shows
the economic feasibility of the venture. Applicants for an OP should have
in place written commitments for all projected non-OCS funding required for
the project. Written proof of commitments from third parties should be
submitted with the application. Letters of support, only, are insufficient.
The application should also clearly explain whether it has site control, and
if not, the time period required to obtain site control. Under this OP
grant announcement for Fiscal Year 2004, particular emphasis will be placed
on applications for retail development that will (1) bring goods and
services into underserved urban communities, (2) provide at least 60
sustainable jobs with benefits per site and (3) provide equity ownership for
CDCs. The application must include a signed commitment on the part of a
retailer to establish one or more businesses in an urban area. Because the
approach to retail is city-wide, unlike other CED awards, these grants may
fund more than one project. In addition to other costs allowed under the
Operational Project (OP) announcement, funds may be used for an assessment
of the retail market in a city, a demographic analysis of potential
consumers, identification of funding and other resources available to the
project, and means to integrate social and community services into the
project.

Who can apply:

Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Community Services Block Grant_Discretionary Awards

More Information:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2004-ACF-OCS-EE-0019.html

If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: Debra
Brown

Address Info:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration
for Children and Families

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