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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Public Service Grant (PSG) Program

Grants to Maine Local Governments for Community
Services to Benefit Residents in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

LOI Date:

03/27/20

Deadline Date:

05/01/20 4:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Maine local governments for a range of community services to meet the needs of residents in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for a wide range of programs to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island are eligible to apply.

The Public Service Grant Program (PSG) provides funding for operating expenses and program materials for new or expanded programs that benefit low and moderate-income persons for any one of the eligible activities.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to, operating and program material expenses for the purpose of providing workforce training and skills development, child care, health care, recreation programs, education programs, public safety services, fair housing activities, senior citizen services, homeless services, drug abuse/mental health counseling and treatment.

National Objective:

  • Public service activities to be provided by CDBG funds will benefit low-to-moderate income (LMI) persons, where at least 51% of participants are LMI.
  • Limited Clientele LMI National Objective: The proposed CDBG activity will serve a HUD recognized Limited Clientele group as set forth by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in 24 CFR Part 570 and the State of Maine CDBG Program. Limited Clientele Groups are: Abused Children, Battered Spouses, Elderly Persons, Severely Disabled Adults, Homeless Persons, Illiterate Adults, Migrant Farm Workers or Persons Living With AIDS.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182881

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum PSG Amount: $50,000

Term of Contract:

Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2020. Applicants have three months to complete the project development phase process or notice of award may be rescinded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island are eligible to apply for and receive State CDBG program funds. County governments may apply on behalf of the Unorganized Territory.

Groups of local governments may apply for multi-jurisdictional or joint projects. Multi-jurisdictional applications require designation of one local government as the lead applicant and consent for that designation by each participating local government. Counties may apply for the Economic Development or Public Service programs on behalf of a collaboration of communities. Eligible applicants, including counties as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes. Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants.

All CDBG grantees must have a Certified Administrator either on staff or under contract.

Structural changes, such as construction, construction materials, renovation and rehabilitation are ineligible PSG activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Letter of Intent to Apply: Due at DECD on or before March 27, 2020, 4:00 p.m
- All applications must be received at the physical location of the Office of Community Development by 4:00 P.M., Friday, May 1, 2020.

Public Hearing Requirements:
Each applicant is required to hold a duly authorized public hearing during the Application process with a minimum of 10 days prior notice. The hearing must be advertised in local newspapers and posted according to local requirements.

Public Service Grant Program information: https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/grant-categories/public-service-grant-program

Eligibility:
https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/eligibility

Certification:
https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/certification

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Intent may be submitted via email to: ocd.loi@maine.gov

Mail applications to:
Office of Community Development
Department of Economic and Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059

P: (207) 624-7484
F: (207) 287-8070
TTY: 1-800-437-1220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Statewide, excluding the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco, and Frye Island

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