Federal Grants

Community Development Agency
 
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The Federal Grants Division provides Marin communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Federal funds are awarded to non-profits which provide community development activities, anti-poverty programs, and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households throughout Marin County. Oversight is provided by the Priority Setting Committee, which is comprised of community members as well as elected officials from the County, cities, and towns.

 

***UPDATES***

  • Updated reporting forms for 2019-20 funding recipients are available for download on the Reporting Forms and Grant Compliance tab below.
  • The draft Consolidated Plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 16th. It is available for review on the Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 tab below. 
  • COVID-19 Response - The draft Amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan to allocate funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 22nd and is available for review on the COVID-19 Pandemic Response tab below.

 

Reporting Forms and Grant Compliance

Reports Required From Funded Projects

All funding recipients who have executed contracts will be required to submit the following documents for approval:

  • Semi-annual Reports
  • Affirmative Marketing Plan

Capital and Housing projects with executed contracts have additional reporting requirements including:

  • Contractor/Subcontractor contracts - submission for approval prior to going under contract. 
  • Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage compliance - applies to all Capital projects and some Housing projects meeting certain thresholds (CDBG - more than 7 units, HOME - more than 11 units)
  • Minority Owned Business and Woman Owned Business engagement - report using HUD Form 2516

Reports must be submitted with the required level of detail in a timely manner. Failure to comply with reporting requirements may result in the discontinuation of funding.

Report Forms

Semi-annual Reports

These reports are due January 31st (covering July 1st - December 31st) & July 31st (covering January 1st - June 30th) unless otherwise indicated by staff.

Affirmative Marketing Plans

There are four (4) Affirmative Marketing Plan templates to choose from. Please select the template that matches your project type and service area. If you have an approved Affirmative Marketing Plan on file from a previous funding cycle, complete the Affirmative Marketing Plan - Annual Evaluation. Contact staff if you have questions.

Davis-Bacon

For subject projects, Davis-Bacon documentation is required before a project places contractors under contract and throughout the construction process. For more information regarding Davis-Bacon requirements review the Davis-Bacon Compliance Steps document and HUD's Davis-Bacon Basics presentation.

Contact staff to determine if your project is subject to Davis Bacon compliance.

Forms

Minority Owned Business and Woman Owned Business report HUD Form 2516

Form 2516 is required for all Capital and Housing projects and is due July 31st (covering the 12 months of July 1st - June 30th) unless otherwise indicated by staff.

Upcoming Meetings

*There are no upcoming meetings scheduled at this time*

Countywide Priority Setting Committee Meetings

The County of Marin invites community members to attend and participate in all the Countywide Priority Setting Committee meeting. Below are a listing of upcoming public meetings:

Previous Meetings

In the interest of protecting community members and employees from the spread of COVID-19, all in person public hearings related to funding recommendations for Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds, between March and June 2020, were held virtually.

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, after 9:00 AM
To participate in the virtual public hearing visit the Board of Supervisors webpage and view the Agenda for details

Staff Report: English, due to reduced translation services available, materials in Español and Tiếng Việt are accessible through Google translate from this page.
Attachments: English, due to reduced translation services available, materials in Español and Tiếng Việt are accessible through Google translate from this page.

Countywide Priority Setting Committee Public Hearing **Rescheduled**
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM, virtual public hearing through online video and/or phone access

Registration is required using the following link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tEMOLMKESc-C3iU_oRRbsQ

Agenda and Staff Report: English, due to reduced translation services available, materials in Español and Tiếng Việt are accessible through Google translate from this page.

Novato Planning Area Public Hearing **Rescheduled**
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6 PM, or thereafter, through WebEx, Meeting Number (Access Code): 264 560 715, Password: FJuKkMF24X3
Agenda: English
Staff Report:
English

For more information on how to participate, visit The City of Novato webpage here.

San Rafael Planning Area Public Hearing **Rescheduled**
Monday, March 23, 2020 and April 6, 2020 at 7 PM, or thereafter, streamed through YouTube Live
Agenda: English
Staff Report: English

The public can participate in the following ways:

Optional Priority Setting Committee Application Review Workshop
(this is a workshop only; no decisions will be made)
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6pm, at the Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Agenda: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt 
PowerPoint: English

 

Consolidated Plan 2020-2024

*The Draft Consolidated Plan has been submitted to HUD and is awaiting approval*

The draft Consolidated Plan's 30-day comment period was open from Tuesday, April 14th and closed on May 15th at 3 PM. Comments were recieved by email to the Housing and Federal Grants Division. Hard copy comments were accepted at 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Report: English, due to reduced translation services available, materials in Español and Tiếng Việt are accessible through Google translate from this page.

Consolidated Planning for the Community Development Block Grant program and HOME Investment Partnerships Program

Over the course of a six (6) month period, between June and November, the County of Marin’s Housing and Federal Grants division conducted a community outreach campaign to gather community feedback on the Consolidated Plan (ConPlan), a five (5) year strategic plan for nearly $2 million in annual grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The ConPlan provides a framework for identifying priorities and programs to address affordable housing, community development needs, and public services for extremely low- up to moderate-income families, persons with disabilities, seniors, and youth. Funding is provided through block grant programs including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. The draft Consolidated Plan is expected to be available for review in February of 2020.

The ConPlan process was conducted in partnership with Marin County Health and Human Services. This collaboration provided a unique opportunity to reach a broader audience and reduce the burden on low-income and under-represented communities to participate in multiple planning processes.

The outreach process engaged communities in multiple ways: through community meetings; a community survey (available online and hardcopy in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese); a service provider survey; presentations at community and nonprofit partner events; and interviews with local governments and agencies. A summary of findings from the community outreach campaign can be found here.

Background

In addition to the ConPlan being submitted every five (5) years, annually the County submits 1) an Annual Action Plan that summarizes how federal funds will be used to address specific goals, and 2) a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) that provides metrics on each year's achievements.  Ultimately, this process fosters community partnerships and facilitates an ongoing community dialogue.

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Response

*The Draft Amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan has been submitted to HUD and is awaiting approval*

CARES Act and Amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020 by the Federal Government. The CARES Act appropriates $5 billion in additional CDBG Program funding (CDBG-CV) to state and local governments. Marin County will receive $938,065 in CDBG-CV funding that will be administered through the Housing and Federal Grants Division.

All activities recommended for funding with CDBG-CV funds are consistent with the County's priorities as reported in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and have been prioritized through the County's ongoing community needs assessments conducted throughout the emergency. In order to distribute CDBG-CV funds during the 2019-20 fiscal year the County is required to amend the 2019 Annual Action Plan, which serves as the fiscal year budget for the use of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds. The amendment process is designed to communicate substantial changes in funding and allocation, and to address public comments received during public hearings and the comment period. 

Amendment: English, due to reduced translation services available, materials in Español and Tiếng Việt are accessible through Google translate from this page.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Federal funding for the CDBG-CV program will be voted by the Marin County Board of Supervisors for final approval at the meeting on May 12, 2020. All interested parties are encouraged to participate virtually.

The 14-day comment period for the draft amendment opened on Wednesday, April 29th. Please submit comments by email to the Housing and Federal Grants Division. Hard copy comments will be accepted at 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308, San Rafael, CA 94903. However, due to COVID-19 response, staff will not be checking this regularly.

CDBG and HOME Application Information and Allocation Process

Federal Grant Applications for Program Years 2020-22

The Housing and Federal Grants Division received ­­48 completed applications for the 2020-22 application cycle for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds. The requests totaled $6 million for FY 2020-21 and $3.2 million for FY 2021-22. Below are the completed applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Community Infrastructure/Capital Projects

Housing Projects

Public Services Projects

General Information

The Marin County Community Development Agency makes grant funds available only to eligible nonprofit agencies and local governments; private individuals and families are not eligible for direct funding.

Marin County anticipates that it will receive roughly $1.5 million in CDBG funds and $700,000 in HOME funds. After subtracting administrative expenses, the CDBG funds are divided so that at minimum of 40% goes toward housing, a maximum of 15% goes toward public service projects, and the remaining funds can be used for capital improvements for community infrastructure or housing.

Typically, the requests for CDBG assistance total more than three times the amount of funds available. Because of the competition for limited funds, many applicants cannot be recommended for funding and many are recommended for funding at less than the amounts they requested. Competition is most intense in the public service category.

In February, Federal Grants staff will reviewing applications, requesting additional information as needed, and making staff recommendations about which projects should be funded.

Recommendations go before the Countywide Priority Setting Committee, Novato City Council, and San Rafael City Council for review and adoption. The San Rafael and the Novato City Councils serve as the Local Area Committees for the their Planning Areas. The Countywide Priority Setting Committee consists of one County Supervisor, a representative from each of the City and Town Councils, as well as seven (7) community members representing six (6) regions spanning Marin and an at-large member representing the County.

In early May the Board of Supervisors hold a final public hearing on all the recommendations of the Countywide Priority Setting Committee. In mid-May, the County sends its annual list of projects to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The County of Marin is the governing entity in Marin that assumes HUD environmental responsibilities for CDBG and HOME funding under the requirements of HUD’s environmental review regulations CFR Part 58. The County acts as the responsible entity to ensure all regulations are implemented under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The HUD environmental review process must be completed before federal funds can be utilized.

Below, you will find public notices associated with upcoming CDBG and HOME funded projects. If you have any questions or comments, please email federalgrants@marincounty.org.

  • Whistlestop Healthy Aging Campus: Notice, Plan Set
  • Marin Center for Independent Living Residential Accessibility Modification Program: Notice

Golden Gate Village Section 106 Projects

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The Marin County Community Development Agency (County) has been designated as the Responsible Entity (RE) by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Section 106 compliance for maintenance and rehabilitation projects proposed at the Golden Gate Village property located at 101-429 Drake Avenue and 1-99 Cole Drive in Marin City, California. With the assistance of the Marin Housing Authority (MHA), the County is conducting reviews of proposed maintenance and repair projects at Golden Gate Village under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and its implementing regulations at 36 CDF Part 800 (Section 106). All HUD-assisted projects are required to undergo an environmental review to evaluate environmental impacts. Environmental review includes, but is not limited to, historic preservation review under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), specifically Section 106 of the NHPA (Section 106). All current and ongoing projects that are proposed for Section 106 review at Golden Gate Village are included below and are detailed in the Finding of Effect (FOE) documents prepared by a qualified historical consultant. If you are a consulting party and wish to submit comments and consult on any of the projects detailed in the FOEs below, please send an email to ggvpubliccomment@marincounty.org with your comments.

Comments will be taken under consideration and responded to prior to a decision being rendered on the proposed projects. A consulting party closing letter will be posted on MHA's webpage once the Section 106 review process has been completed for each project. Current consulting party letters and notices will soon be accessible on MHA's webpage, and will be mailed to the respective consulting parties accordingly. Please contact Evan Smith, Modernization & Compliance Manager at the Marin Housing Authority at 415-491-2558 or esmith@marinhousing.org if you have questions regarding the status of the hard copy notices and letters for each of the project FOEs under review. 

Current FOEs under consideration:

Defensible Space Protections

French Drain Installation

Temporary Onsite Modular Office 

Repair of Fire Damaged Unit

Dumpster Replacement

Analysis of Impediments 2020

2020 Marin County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) identifies barriers to fair housing choice by:

  • Assessing conditions, both public and private, affecting fair housing choice for all protected classes
  • Reviewing the jurisdiction's laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures and practices
  • Assessing how those laws, etc. affect the location, availability and accessibility of housing
  • Assessing the availability of affordable, accessible housing

The 2020 Marin County AI identifies four (4) key impediments to fair housing choice in the county:

  1. Community opposition to affordable housing
  2. The cost of developing affordable housing
  3. Lack of affordable housing sites
  4. Lack of opportunities for home ownership by people of color and on-going concerns of gentrification

On February 11th, 2020, the AI was presented to the Marin County Board of Supervisors for final approval.

2020 Marin County AI: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Presentation

Affirmative Marketing

Understanding Affirmative Marketing

What is Affirmative Marketing (AM) and why do we do it?

To answer that question we first must understand the word affirmative. In this context it means to promote fair housing and to empower and give special assistance to groups that have historically been disadvantaged. It is simply not enough to not discriminate; we must also take assertive steps aimed at reversing historical trends and discriminatory patterns.

The County is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing in all aspects of its operations. The AM and Affirmative Marketing Plans (AMP) are one part of that effort. To this end, all subrecipients of Community Development Block Grants and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds through the County of Marin are required to submit an AMP.  The purpose of the AMP requirement is to promote a condition in which individuals of similar income levels in the same housing market area have available to them a like range of choices in housing and services regardless of their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability or familial status.

Historically, traditional residential marketing practices have conditioned people to view certain neighborhoods or groups as undesirable or that certain locations are not available to all due to past discrimination or other factors. Through an affirmative marketing plan, a housing and service providers indicate what special efforts they will take to reach out to potential tenants and clients who might not normally seek benefit from the project of program due to this mindset. This requires that the provider study the market area, learn the target population, and design methods to reach out to the target population. Affirmative marketing does not limit choices; it expands choices by actively seeking to reverse the patterns of the past and truly provide for an open and fair market where the individual is free to live where they choose.

Affirmative marketing does not include specific goals or quotas. However, quantitative data and analysis are essential to planning and monitoring affirmative marketing program effectiveness. The County is committed to partnering with all housing and service providers to develop, implement, and annually review and assess their AMP.

Affirmative Marketing Plan Templates

Affirmative Marketing Plan for Housing Providers

Affirmative Marketing Plan For Public Service and Capital Projects Serving Novato

Affirmative Marketing Plan For Public Service and Capital Projects Serving San Rafael

Affirmative Marketing Plan For Public Service and Capital Projects Serving County Other and Countywide

Other Marin County Housing Resources

Housing Information

There are many sources of assistance for people who need affordable housing in Marin County. The programs include public housing, apartments for seniors and people with disabilities, nonprofit rental housing, shared rental housing, rental assistance you can use in a private apartment, emergency rent or security deposit assistance, and even affordable homeownership. Many programs are small, have long waiting lists, or have special eligibility requirements, but it's a good idea to apply and get yourself on the waiting list. Since there is not enough affordable housing available to meet the need, getting into affordable housing takes time.

Some programs give preference to special categories of people. Some of the categories that qualify for special assistance in some programs are:

  • people with disabilities, including mental illness
  • people with substance abuse problems
  • seniors
  • single parents
  • people who have lost their housing through no fault of their own
  • homeless people
  • people living in substandard housing, a homeless shelter, or transitional housing
  • people paying more than half their income for rent and utilities
  • victims of domestic violence, and
  • people living with HIV or AIDS

For further information, download the Housing Resource Guide or call the Marin Housing Authority at (415) 491-2525, TDD (800) 735-2929. Tell them if you fall into any of the special categories. The Assist line can send you a list of affordable housing developments in Marin. Call any affordable project in which you are interested at the end of the month to see if the waiting list is open. Finding housing will take time! You will need to keep making phone calls to get on waiting lists. This won't be fun, but it's worth a try. It will take time to find the right program for you, and you may have to wait until there is a vacancy. Be patient, be flexible, and be persistent.

For information on below-market-rate homeownership, please call the Marin Housing Authority at (415) 491-2550.

Fair Housing Protection

Housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, the presence of children in your family, age, sexual orientation, or disability is illegal. If you think that you may be a victim of housing discrimination, please call Fair Housing of Marin at (415) 457-5025. Fair Housing of Marin is a nonprofit agency which processes fair housing complaints. Their services include counseling, investigation, mediation, and referral to enforcement agencies.

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program

The Residential Rehabilitation Loan Program makes low-interest housing improvement loans of up to $25,000 to qualified low-income homeowners for correction of substandard housing conditions and elimination of health and safety hazards. Examples of eligible work include:

  • foundation, termite damage, and dry rot repairs
  • plumbing, electrical, and heating system repairs
  • roof work
  • door and window repair
  • stairs, deck, and railing repair
  • disaster-related repairs
  • energy conservation measures
  • remodeling for wheelchair accessibility

Loans may be made for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied single-family houses or for approved "second units" within these homes. Loans are also available for houseboats in approved berths. The program operates throughout Marin County. For further information, please call the Marin Housing Authority at (415) 491-2550.

Prior Year Meetings and Reports

Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Countywide Priority Setting Committee Meetings

The County of Marin invites community members to attend and participate in all the Countywide Priority Setting Committee meeting. Below are a listing of upcoming public meetings:

Consolidated Plan and 2020-21 Funding Cycle Priority Setting Public Hearing
Date:
December 5th, 2019 7:00 P.M.
Location:
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Agenda:
English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Staff Report:
English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Committee Member Interviews and Updates on the Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
Date: October 17th, 2019 7:00 P.M.
Location:
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Agenda:
English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

 

Federal Grant Applications for Program Years 2020-22

Applications for the 2020-22 funding cycle opened on January 6th, 2020. Completed applications were due to the Marin County Community Development Agency at 5:00 p.m. PST, on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

There were three (3) notable changes to the application process:

  • Transitioning from a one (1) year application cycle to a two (2) year application cycle.
  • Increasing the minimum grant size to $15,000 per year.
  • Identifying Public Service funding category priorities as:
    • Housing Support Services
    • Basic Health Services
    • Children, Youth, and Parent Support Services

Questions about the application and process may be submitted to the Housing and Federal Grants Division.

Application Documents

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. PST, on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Application Guidelines - English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Online Application Form (preferred form of submission)

Printable Application Form - English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Housing and Community Infrastructure/Capital Project Budget

Sample Budget

Public Services Project Budget

Sample Budget

Housing and Community Infrastructure/Capital Bidders Conference Presentation

Public Services Bidders Conference Presentation

Bidders Conference and Application Information Session

In-person opportunities to learn about the application process, funding priorities, and types of eligible projects for the 2020-22 federal funding cycle for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. All nonprofits and fiscally sponsored projects are encouraged to attend:

Bidders Conference
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
at the Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903

1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. - Public Service Project
2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. - Community Infrastructure (Capital) and Housing Projects

RSVP by Monday, January 13th.

General Information 

The Marin County Community Development Agency makes grant funds available only to nonprofit agencies and local governments. We do not fund individuals or families.
  • The Federal Grants Division of the Marin County Community Development Agency administers the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Both are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • The Federal Grants Program is overseen by the Priority Setting Committee (PSC), which is made up of elected officials and community members from around the County.

Supplemental documents:

 

Priority Setting Committee Member Recruitment

The County of Marin invites community residents to apply to be members of the Countywide Priority Setting Committee. This committee oversees the distribution of federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) in Marin County.

There are three (3) openings on the Priority Setting Committee for community members representing the interests of racial and ethnic minorities and/or people with disabilities. This year, the openings are for community members from the following regions: 

  • Fairfax, Ross, San Anselmo, and adjacent unincorporated communities
  • Belvedere, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, and adjacent unincorporated communities, including Marin City and Tam Valley
  • Countywide, at-large member

Upon selection, community members will sit for a two-year term from October 2019 through October 2021.

The Countywide Priority Setting Committee was expanded in 2012 with the goal of bringing greater diversity to the group that (1) advises the Board of Supervisors on the CDBG and HOME funding allocation process and (2) provides input on the County’s implementation of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. Therefore, this recruitment is specifically for individuals who represent the interests of racial and ethnic minorities and/or people with disabilities.

The application period for the Countywide, at large and the Belvedere, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, and adjacent unincorporated communities, including Marin City and Tam Valley seats closed on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Applications for the Fairfax, Ross, San Anselmo, and adjacent unincorporated communities were extended until Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM.

Applicants participated in an interview with the Committee on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Application: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Committee Description: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

 

Fiscal Year 2019-20

Priority Setting Committee and Planning Area Public Meetings

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, at 9am or thereafter
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Public Notice: English, EspañolTiếng Việt
Federal Grants Staff Report: English, EspañolTiếng Việt
Voluntary Compliance Agreement Staff Report: English, EspañolTiếng Việt
PowerPoint Presentation: English

Countywide Priority Setting Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903 
Agenda: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Staff Report:
English, Español, Tiếng Việt
PowerPoint Presentation: English

San Rafael Planning Area Public Hearing
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7 PM, or thereafter
San Rafael City Hall, Council Chambers
1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
Staff Report: English, EspañolTiếng Việt

Novato Planning Area Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6 PM, or thereafter
Novato City Hall, Council Chambers
901 Sherman Avenue, Novato, CA 94945
Staff Report:
English, EspañolTiếng Việt

Optional Priority Setting Committee Application Review Workshop (this is a workshop only; no decisions will be made)
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7pm
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Agenda: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Workshop Memo: English

Funding Priority Public Hearing
Date:
September 20th, 2018 7:00 P.M.
Location:
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Agenda:
English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Committee Member Interviews and Funding Priority Workshop
Date: August 30th, 2018 7:00 P.M.
Location:
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Agenda:
English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Completed Applications for the 2019-20 Grant Year

Completed applications for the 2019-20 grant year, which begins on July 1, 2019, are available for viewing by Planning Area by clicking on the links shown below. Note that HOME applications are a separate document. 

Countywide CDBG Applications 

Novato CDBG Applications 

San Rafael CDBG Applications 

County Other CDBG Applications (Serves Regions Outside of Novato and San Rafael) 

Countywide HOME Applications 

Bidders Conference and Application Information Session

Federal Grants staff will have two in-person opportunities to learn about the application process, funding priorities, and types of eligible projects for the 2019-20 federal funding cycle for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs. All nonprofits and fiscally sponsored projects are encouraged to attend one these two meetings:

Bidders Conference

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. at the Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903

Bidders Conference Presentation

West Marin Collaborative

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at 9:45 A.M., or thereafter, at the Point Reyes Library, 11431 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Priority Setting Committee Member Recruitment

The County of Marin invites community residents to apply to be members of the Countywide Priority Setting Committee. This committee oversees the distribution of federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) in Marin County.

There are three (3) openings on the Priority Setting Committee for community members representing the interests of racial and ethnic minorities and/or people with disabilities. This year, the openings are for community members from the following regions:

  • Larkspur, Corte Madera, and adjacent unincorporated communities, including Kentfield and Greenbrae
  • Novato and adjacent unincorporated communities
  • San Rafael including the Canal neighborhood, and adjacent unincorporated communities

Upon selection, community members will sit for a two-year term from September 2018 through September 2020.

The Countywide Priority Setting Committee was expanded in 2012 with the goal of bringing greater diversity to the group that (1) advises the Board of Supervisors on the CDBG and HOME funding allocation process and (2) provides input on the County’s implementation of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. Therefore, this recruitment is specifically for individuals who represent the interests of racial and ethnic minorities and/or people with disabilities.

Committee membership applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.

Priority Setting Committee Description: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Application: English, Español, Tiếng Việt

Fiscal Year 2018-19

Priority Setting Committee and Planning Area Public Meetings

Novato Planning Area Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6pm or thereafter
Location: Novato City Hall, Council Chambers - 901 Sherman Ave., Novato, CA 94945
Staff Report: EnglishEspañolTiếng Việt

San Rafael Planning Area Public Hearing
Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7pm or thereafter
Location: San Rafael City Hall, Council Chambers - 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901
Staff Report: English, EspañolTiếng Việt

Countywide Priority Setting Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7pm
Location: San Rafael City Hall, Council Chambers - 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901 
Hearing Notice and Agenda: English, EspañolTiếng Việt
Staff Report: English, EspañolTiếng Việt
Presentation: PowerPoint - English

Marin County Board of Supervisors Hearing 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9am or thereafter (time to be determined)
Location: Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers - 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room # 330, San Rafael, CA 94903
Hearing Notice: English, Español, Tiếng Việt
Staff Report: English, EspañolTiếng Việt
Presentation: PowerPoint - English

In addition to the four public hearings, this year there will be an optional application review meeting for the Priority Setting Committee.

  • Optional Priority Setting Committee Application Review Workshop (Please note, this is a workshop only, no decisions will be made)
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7pm
    Location: Marin County Civic Center, Community Development Agency Conference Room - 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room # 308, San Rafael, CA 94903
    Presentation: PowerPoint - English

Community Development Block Grant and HOME 2018-19 Applications by Planning Area

Completed applications for the 2018-19 grant year, which begins on July 1, 2018, are available for viewing by Planning Area by clicking on the links shown below. Note that HOME applications are a separate document. Please review county notices in regards to our Planning Area Meeting Schedule (English / Español / Tiếng Việt)

Application Process

To be considered for funding, completed applications were required to be submitted to the Housing and Federal Grants Division no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, November 20, 2017.

The Marin County Community Development Agency makes grant funds available only to eligible nonprofit agencies and local governments; private individuals and families are not eligible for direct funding.

Marin County anticipated that it would receive roughly $1.3 million in CDBG funds and $600,000 in HOME funds. After subtracting administrative expenses, the funds are divided so that 40% goes to housing on a countywide basis and the remaining 60% goes to three local planning areas for housing, capital, and public service projects. At least 30% of each planning area's funds must be used for housing. Typically, the requests for CDBG assistance total more than three times the amount of funds available. Because of the competition for limited funds, many applicants cannot be recommended for funding and many are recommended for funding at less than the amounts they requested. Competition is most intense in the public service category.

Fiscal Year 2017-18

2017-18 Annual Action Plan

Community Development Block Grant and HOME 2017-18 Applications by Planning Area

Staff reports for 2017-18 grant year public hearings by Planning Area. 

Completed applications for the 2017-18 grant year, which begins on July 1, 2017, are available for viewing by Planning Area by clicking on the links shown below. Please review county notices in regards to our Planning Area Meeting Schedule: English / Español

Priority Setting Committee Member Recruitment

Priority Setting Committee applications are now available for community members. Please complete and return by September 30th at 4:00pm.

Priority Setting Committee and Planning Area Public Meetings

Staff reports will be made available prior to each hearing. Check this website for more information. The list of applications received is posted above.

 

Fiscal Year 2016-17

Application Information and Workshops

Applications

2016-17 CDBG and HOME Grant Application forms (download as a Word document):

Workshops

Staff Recommendations and Funding Reports

One staff report will be issued for each of the six geographic areas, called "planning areas," and one staff report will be issued for countywide housing projects, which include projects in the CDBG Countywide Housing category and projects recommended for HOME Program funds. Staff reports will be added as they become available. All staff reports are in PDF file format.

Previous Year Announcements, Meetings and Reports

Previous announcements, meeting agendas and reports are available for prior years back to 2012. You may access these below on this page.

The Marin County's Community Development Agency makes grant funds available only to eligible nonprofit agencies and local governments. We do not fund individuals or families.

Marin County will receive about $1.3 million in CDBG funds this year. After subtracting administrative expenses, the funds are divided so that 40% goes to housing on a countywide basis and the remaining 60% goes to six local planning areas for housing, capital, and public service projects. At least 30% of each planning area's funds must be used for housing.

Staff holds a workshop during which we explain the CDBG regulations, talk to potential applicants, and learn what the public sees as priorities.

For more information on the application process, please attend one of the workshops listed at the date and location below:

  • Wednesday, October 19th at Albert J Boro Center in San Rafael from 10am -12pm
  • Wednesday, October 26th at Marguerita Johnson Center in Marin City from 1-3pm

In late December, CDBG staff begins reviewing applications, requesting additional information if needed, and making staff recommendations about which projects should be funded. (City of San Rafael staff will review applications for San Rafael Planning Area funds.)

Typically, the requests for CDBG assistance total more than three times the amount of funds available. Because of the competition for limited funds, many applicants cannot be recommended for funding and many are recommended for funding at less than the amounts they requested. Competition is most intense in the public service category.

Most planning areas have a Local Area Committee, consisting of a County Supervisor from that area and one City or Town Council member from each of the cities and towns within the area. During January and February, each of the Local Area Committees holds a hearing to make recommendations for the use of planning area funds. The San Rafael and the Novato City Councils now serve as the Local Area Committees for the their Planning Areas, and San Rafael and Novato Planning Area funds now include their share of CDBG Countywide Housing funds.

The Countywide Priority Setting Committee, consists of one County Supervisor, a representative from each of the City and Town Councils and community members.  A hearing is then held to consider the recommendations made for the local planning area funds, and to make the initial recommendations for Countywide Housing funds.

Then, in early May, the Board of Supervisors holds a final public hearing on all the recommendations of the Countywide Priority Setting Committee for both planning area and countywide housing funds. In mid-May, the County sends its annual list of projects to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Please review all supplemental documents:

 

Fiscal Year 2015-16

Submission to the Board of Supervisors

Priority Setting Committee Meeting

Announcements

Community Development Block Grant 2015-16 Applications by Planning Area

Completed applications for the 2015-16 grant year are available for viewing by Planning Area by clicking on the links shown below. A list of all 2015-16 CDBG and HOME applications can be viewed by clicking here: List of 2015-16 applications received.

HOME Program applications

Reports

Earlier Meetings and Workshops

2014-15 Workshops

Priority Setting Committee Meetings (2014)

Schedule of Public Hearings for Program Year 2014-15 (posted 2/19/2014)

Priority Setting Committee to meet Monday March 24, 2014

Priority Setting Committee to meet Monday February 24, 2014

Completed applications for the 2014-15 Grant year are available for viewing by Planning area (posted 2/19/2014)

Planning Area Public Hearings (2014)

Reports

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2014-15 applications by Planning Area:

HOME Program 2014-15 applications:

Marin County HOME Program applications 2014-15 Part 1,

Marin County HOME Program applications 2014-15 Part 2

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Staff Reports (2013-14)

Priority Setting Committee Meeting

Completed applications for the 2013-14 grant year are available for viewing by Planning Area (posted 1/3/2013):

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2013-14 Applications

HOME Program 2013-14 Applications

2013-14 Application Forms and Instructions - Application DEADLINE is Thursday, December 13, 2012, 5:00 PM

July 9, 2012 Priority Setting Committee meeting (posted 7/3/2012)

2011-12 Announcements

2011-12 Staff Reports and Plans

Annual Funding Recommendation Reports

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What types of projects can get CDBG funds?

    CDBG funds can be used for three general types of projects that assist low-income people: housing, capital, and public service projects.

    Housing

    Eligible housing activities include housing rehabilitation, acquisition of existing housing, acquisition of sites for housing construction, off-site improvements needed for housing development, and fair housing services, and housing planning and predevelopment costs. While CDBG funds can support housing development by paying for property acquisition, or off-site improvements, or for predevelopment expense. CDBG funds cannot ordinarily be used directly for housing construction itself or for predevelopment expenses. Types of housing projects we've funded include low-cost rental and ownership housing, senior housing, group homes, housing for people with physical and mental disabilities, homeless shelters, owner-built housing, and shared housing.

    Capital

    Eligible capital projects include most types of public facilities and community facilities, such as community centers, senior centers, centers for people with disabilities, day care centers, parks, recreation facilities, public works, buildings that house public services, and removal of architectural barriers which limit accessibility. This category also includes economic development activities.

    Public Services

    We are permitted to spend up to 15% of our CDBG funds on public services, which are very broadly defined. Some of the public service projects we've funded include day care programs for children and seniors, transportation for special needs groups, counseling programs, social service referrals, senior services, employment assistance, emergency food, educational services, and medical services. However, CDBG funds may not be used to replace cutbacks in local government support for public services. CDBG public service funds should be used for the direct delivery of services, and not for overhead or administration.

  • But isn't this a program for low-income people?

    Yes, even if a project fits one of the eligible categories, it must also pass the low-income benefit test. Most projects qualify if at least 51% of the users will be low-income, as defined by HUD. The income limit for a single-person household is $62,050, and for a family of four it is $88,600. A project meets the standard if at least 51% of the beneficiaries have incomes below the limit, or if it benefits a neighborhood with a high percentage of low-income people.

    For housing, if a structure contains two dwelling units, at least one must be occupied by a low-income household. If a structure contains more than two units, at least 51% of the units must be occupied by low-income households. For example, a four-unit building must have three units occupied by low-income households. For this calculation, adjacent rental (not owner-occupied) buildings under common ownership and management may be treated as a single structure. For new construction of multi-family non-elderly rental housing, the requirement is reduced to 20%. Rents for low-income units may not exceed 30% of the tenant's income.

    If a project gives scholarship assistance to low-income people, we count only those who actually receive assistance. Facilities and accessibility improvements for the elderly or for people with disabilities are automatically eligible. As a substitute for low-income benefit, projects may also qualify if they eliminate slums or blight or meet emergency needs, but the regulations make it extremely difficult to qualify under these categories.

    CDBG Income Limits
    Persons in Household Income
    1 $62,050
    2 $70,900
    3 $79,750
    4 $88,600
    5 $95,700
    6 $102,800
    7 $109,900
    8 $117,000
  • I'm still not sure if my project is eligible.

    Call us! We encourage all potential applicants to contact the CDBG staff before submitting an application. There are many more eligibility requirements than we could summarize here. Generally, construction expenses for new housing, predevelopment costs for housing, furnishings, maintenance, and income payments are ineligible, but there are exceptions. Staff can tell you whether your project, or a part of your project, is eligible.