Public Services

CDBG Public Services Applications

Notice To Proposers: You Must Request The RFP 21-041 from the Purchasing Department prior to submitting an application.

To obtain this RFP, please email your request to one of the following names bellow and include your Business Name, Contact Person, Phone Number, Fax Number and Email Address.

klarter@co.gloucester.nj.us

alombardi@co.gloucester.nj.us

Public Services 

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Click here to Register as a user on the Neighborly online portal 
  2. Register by entering a valid email address and enter your name and create a password  
  3. Your email and password will be your credentials for future login 
  4. Select the Application : PY 2021 Public Services 
  5. Once you begin your application, you will be assigned a Case ID# and will be able to save your application and go back in to complete if you need time to collect your documents to upload. **Please note that once you submit your application, you cannot re-open for edits. 
  6. Once the application submission is closed, you will be able to check the status of your application by logging in.  
  7. For questions or assistance with completing your application, please email: cvelazquez@co.gloucester.nj.us
  8. A template of the application that shows the requested information is available by clicking here

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Gloucester County announces the availability of funds for PY 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service projects.  The County has received federal grant funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program since 1984. This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds may be used for various public service activities which principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

This application provides information and instructions for organizations and agencies interested in applying for CDBG Public Service funds for Homeless and Non-Homeless with Special Needs projects.

Eligible applicants:

Units of general purpose local government or private non-profit organizations that have received 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and are registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of New Jersey. Faith-based organizations may not restrict client participation based on required religious affiliation or services. Snohomish County will not accept applications from individuals.

Funding cycle:

This application is for PY2021 CDBG Public Service Funds. The 2021 program year runs from September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.

Funds Available: 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified Gloucester County that it will receive an allocation of $1,358,948 for PY2021 for which no more than 15% is set aside for Public Services.  The County has also set aside a portion of its CARES ACT (CDBG-CV) funds for Public Services activities in response to the coronavirus. 

Program Year 2021 CDBG -- $200,000             CARES ACT CDBG-CV -- $290,000

Activities are required to provide new or quantifiably increased public services that assist and/or benefit the low- and moderate-income population and/or those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Upon receipt, review and ranking of applications received, funding will be awarded to each eligible agency accordingly. Proposed activities will be included in the FY2021 CDBG Action Plan and submitted to HUD for approval. Upon approval by the County of Gloucester and HUD, agencies awarded funding will enter into a Subrecipient Agreement with the County of Gloucester.

CDBG and CDBG-CV grants will be subject to oversight, reporting, and monitoring requirements Awarded subrecipients will be required to certify during the contract term that there is no supplanting of federal funds for requested programs or projects.

Program Eligibility

Public Services are non-construction social service activities in the community that benefit low- and moderate-income citizens. CDBG-CV regulations allow the use of grant funds for a wide range of public service activities, examples of which are listed in the HUD Quick Guide . Most CDBG-eligible activities remain eligible under CDBG-CV, provided they are centered on preparing, preventing, and/or responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The CDBG regulations allow the use of grant funds for a wide range of public service activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Child care
  • Crime prevention and public safety
  • Education programs
  • Employment services (e.g., job training)
  • Energy conservation
  • Fair housing counseling
  • Health services
  • Recreational services
  • Services for homeless persons
  • Services for senior citizens
  • Substance abuse services (e.g., counseling and treatment)
  • Welfare services (excluding income payments)

CDBG funds may be used to pay for labor, supplies, and material as well as to operate and/or maintain the portion of a facility in which the public service is located. This includes the lease of a facility, equipment, and other property needed for the public service.

To utilize CDBG funds for a public service, the service must be either: a new service or a quantifiable increase in the level of an existing service which has been provided by the grantee or another entity on its behalf through State or local government funds in the 12 months preceding the submission of the grantee's Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan to Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The total amount of CDBG funds obligated for public services activities must not exceed 15% of the annual grant allocation.

CDBG National Objective:  CDBG Public Service projects must principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Determination is based on limited clientele or area benefit activity.

Low- and moderate-income is defined as having an income equal to or less than 80 percent of the area median income, adjusted for household size. The specific household income limits are based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates, updated and issued by HUD annually.  Please click here to review the HUD Income Limits.

Limited Clientele activity: This is the category most often used for public service activities. Limited clientele activities are activities limited to a specific group of persons. At least 51 percent of those served must be low- and moderate-income persons. Services qualifying under this category serve a specific clientele, rather than providing service to all persons in a geographic area. Limited clientele activities may qualify as either a presumed benefit activity or a direct benefit activity.  A presumed benefit activity is one that exclusively serves a specific group of people that HUD categorically considers to be low- and moderate-income persons. These categories include: abused children, battered spouses, elderly persons, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, migrant farm workers, and severely disabled adults as defined by the Bureau of Census.  The project sponsor must document that the activity is designed to be used exclusively by a category of persons presumed by HUD to be low- and moderate-income.

If the clientele served does not fall under one of the presumed benefit category of persons, it may qualify as a direct benefit activity which serves low- and moderate-income persons. The project sponsor must verify and maintain documentation regarding the family size and income of each person served. At least 51 percent of the clientele served must be low- and moderate-income persons or the activity funded must be limited exclusively to low- and moderate-income persons. The nature and location of the activity may also support a conclusion that primarily low- and moderate-income persons are served. To qualify under this definition, the service provided must be both of such nature and in such location that it may reasonably be concluded that the activity’s clientele will primarily be low- and moderate-income persons.  

To be considered for CDBG-CV funding a program or project must first meet the following National Objective: Benefit to Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) persons; the CARES Act requirements, and the objective of preventing, preparing for and/or responding to the coronavirus pandemic.