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Program Description:

CDBG is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.

The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

The CDBG program is a federally-funded program administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As an Urban County in the Entitlement CDBG program, the County receives and annual formula allocation of CDBG funds from HUD.

HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas. The program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.

CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.

CDBG was authorized under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and is listed under the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) as 14.218. Applicable CDBG regulations can be found at 24 CFR Part 570 and 24 CFR Part 91. CDBG funding has been used by the County, its cooperating cities, and other subrecipients for a wide variety of community, economic, and social development activities. Activities include public facilities such as fire stations, parks, community centers, senior centers, homeless shelters, health clinics, water and sewer improvements, and street and sidewalk improvements. CDBG also provides public service activities such as child care, health care, after school, programs, senior programs, food and clothing distribution, job training, recreation, and many more.

All activities funded with the County’s CDBG funds must:

  1. serve persons or communities within the County’s Urban County area;

  2. be an eligible activity under CDBG regulations (24 CFR Part 570.201); and

  3. meet a National Objective of the CDBG program (24 CFR Part 570.208).

Most activities meet a National Objective by benefitting low-income persons or low-income communities. Riverside County Map

The County’s Urban County CDBG Program includes all of the unincorporated areas of Riverside County as well as the ”cooperating” cities of: Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Canyon Lake, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Eastvale, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Murrieta, San Jacinto, and Wildomar. The city of Lake Elsinore participates in the County’s Urban County program as a “Metro City.”

Please Note: the cooperating cities receive their own CDBG allocation from the County’s CDBG allocation for projects and activities that benefit the individual cities.

Organizations can now apply for a cooperating city’s CDBG allocation through the County’s Online Application System.

II. CDBG Award Information:

Subject to Federal appropriations, the County anticipates receiving approximately $7,200,000 in CDBG funds for the FY 2020-2021 program. The actual amount of the County’ allocation is determined by final funding appropriations from Congress and HUD’s CDBG allocation formula. Funds from this 2020-2021 CDBG application cycle will be available to successful subrecipients no earlier than August 5, 2020. Depending upon the type of activity to be funded, a successful subrecipient will have one (1) year to complete, expend, and drawdown their CDBG award for a public service activity, or two (2) years for a public facility or other CDBG activities. Typical individual awards for CDBG-funded activities range from $10,000 for public service activities to $100,000 or more for public facilities, acquisition, or other eligible activities.

For the 2019-2020 program year, the County and its cooperating cities received more than 100 eligible applications and made 43 grant awards. All CDBG awards made by the County and the cooperating cities will be in the form of a grant, excluding projects funded under economic development. Subrecipients will be required to execute an approved subrecipient agreement with the County. Non-profit organizations, non-County governmental entities, and Tribal organizations will be required to execute a “Sponsor’s Agreement” with the County. A copy of template of the Sponsor’s Agreement is available upon request to EDA. The Cooperating Cities must execute a Supplemental Agreement with the County each year. Subrecipients of the Cooperating Cities’ CDBG funding will enter into an approved subrecipient agreement with the awarding city. Please Note: organizations that have previously applied for County CDBG funding are eligible to apply, and there is no limit on the number of applications an organization can submit.

III. Eligibility Information:

Eligible Applicants: The County of Riverside will only accept CDBG applications from the following organizations or entities: 1. Non-Profit organizations subject to 26 U.S.C. 501 (c)(3) of the tax code; 2. County of Riverside Agencies and Departments; and 3. Governmental agencies including Cities, Special Districts, and Tribes. Individuals cannot apply for County CDBG funding. Non-profit organizations will be required to submit documentation as part of the CDBG application pertaining to their incorporation, bylaws, and tax exempt status. Cost Sharing and Leveraging:

Applications for funding under the County’s CDBG allocation, excluding the funding from the cooperating cities, must successfully demonstrate a matching contribution of at least 5% of the CDBG request. This matching contribution, referred to as “leveraging”, can include other Federal, State, local, or private funding; donations; “in-kind” contributions; and volunteer hours. Leveraging used to match previous CDBG grants cannot be used. Applicants are encouraged to utilize the greatest amount of levering as possible to improve the competitiveness of their proposal.

Real Property Acquisition – Displacement of Tenants: In order to comply with the requirements of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, applicants considering the submittal of a CDBG application for real property acquisition and/or the displacement of tenants must contact EDA prior to the submittal of any application. Minimum Funding Level: In order to ensure the effective, efficient, and appropriate allocation and use of the County’s CDBG funding, the County may reject any proposed CDBG activity in an amount less than $10,000. Exceptions to this policy include traditionally “county-wide” activities which are funded from:

  1. both a County Supervisor’s allocation and a cooperating city;

  2. two or more cooperating cities; or

  3. two or more County Supervisor allocations.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations:

The successful applicants will be required to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. Pursuant to an executed subrecipient agreement, the applicant will certifies that it will adhere to and comply with the following as they may be applicable to a subrecipient of funds granted pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended:

  1. The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and the regulations issued thereto;

  2. Executive Order 11246, as amended by Executive Orders 11375 and 12086, and implementing regulations at 41 CFR Chapter 60;

  3. Executive Order 11063, as amended by Executive Order 12259, and implementing regulations at 24 CFR Part 107;

  4. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93 112), as amended, and implementing regulations;

  5. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (PL 94 135), as amended, and implementing regulations;

  6. The relocation requirements of Title II and the acquisition requirements of Title III of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property

      Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, and the implementing regulations at 24 CFR Part 42;

  7. The labor standard requirements as set forth in 24 CFR Part 570, Subpart K and HUD regulations issued to implement such requirements;

  8. Executive Order 11988 relating to the evaluation of flood hazards and Executive Order 11288 relating to the prevention, control and      abatement of water pollution;

  9. The flood insurance purchase requirements of Section 102(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (PL 93-¬234);

 10. The regulations, policies, guidelines and requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 - the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards;

 11. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (PL 88¬-352) and implementing regulations issued at 24 CFR Part 1;

 12. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (PL 90-284) as amended; and

 13. The lead based paint requirements of 24 CFR Part 35 issued pursuant to the Lead based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act (42 USC 4801, et seq.).

Additional Information:

Successful applicants may be required to submit additional documentation to the County, prior to the receipt of their CDBG grant award. This documentation may include evidence or documentation related to:

  • Liability Insurance

  • Workmen’s Compensation Insurance

  • Flood Insurance

  • Other documentation for NEPA and CEQA environmental reviews

  • 501 (c)(3) Status

  • Incorporation Documents

Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) Pursuant to Federal regulations, all applicants for CDBG funds must comply with the following requirements prior to submitting their CDBG application to the County for the 2020-2021 program year:

  1. Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) system;

  2. Provide a valid DUNS number in the application; and

  3. Must maintain an active SAM registration, with current information, at all times during the performance period of the CDBG grant.

The County and the Cooperating Cities will not make any CDBG grant awards to any organization or government entity that fails to comply with the SAM and DUNS requirements.

System for Award Management (SAM): The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. This consolidation is being done in phases.

The first phase of SAM includes the functionality from the following systems:

  1. Central Contractor Registry (CCR)

  2. Federal Agency Registry

  3. Excluded Parties List (EPLS)

  4. Online Representations and Certifications Application

How does SAM benefit organizations?

The overarching benefits of SAM include streamlined and integrated processes, elimination of data redundancies, and reduced costs while providing improved capability. System for Award Management Data Universal Number System (DUNS): The Federal government requires all applicants for Federal grants have a DUNS number. The Federal government uses the DUNS number to better identify related organizations that are receiving funding under Federal grants and to provide consistent name and address data for electronic grant application systems. If you do not already have a DUNS number, contact Dun and Bradstreet toll free at 1-866-705-5711.