Notice of Funding Availability: Community Development Block Grant Funds Available for Planning Grants
CDFA is now accepting applications for the second round of 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Planning Grants. 
Approximately $38,000 in CDBG funds is estimated to be available for this application round. Planning Grants are limited to a maximum of $12,000 per application and awards are contingent upon availability of Federal Funds.
All applications for CDBG Planning Grants must be received by CDFA through its online grants management system ( by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 
Eligible Activities
The objectives of a planning grant are to determine whether or not a proposed CDBG project is feasible and/or to recommend specific action(s) to be undertaken and that at least 51% of the intended beneficiaries will be of low- or moderate-income.
Eligible activities shall include the study, analysis and planning of any eligible activity, including architectural and engineering design, which might lead to a housing and public facilities or economic development implementation grant application.
Ineligible activities include final architectural and engineering designs, municipal master plans, construction, and any other activity that the authority determines to be inconsistent with the national objectives in 42 U.S.C. 5304(b) of Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Eligible Applicants
Eligible applicants for CDBG funds include most New Hampshire incorporated counties, cities, and towns. A nonprofit agency may also apply through its municipality or county as a sub-recipient of CDBG funds. All eligible municipalities and counties may apply for up to $500,000 in CDBG funds per year.
Please note the federally-designated entitlement communities of Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Rochester are ineligible to apply as they receive CDBG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
Helpful CDBG Resources
Several resources to assist applicants can be found on CDFA’s CDBG Resources webpage
Additional Information on the CDBG Program
Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 authorized the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The primary purpose of the CDBG program is the development of viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income people. The program is sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New Hampshire program is administered through the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).
In 2017, the New Hampshire CDBG program received approximately $8 million from HUD to use for CDBG Programs including Housing, Public Facilities, Economic Development, and Planning (Feasibility) Studies.

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