Program Overview

CDFA administers the State of New Hampshire’s annual federal allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for eligible municipalities.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is designed to provide assistance to units of general local government in improving economic opportunities and meeting community revitalization needs, particularly for persons of low to moderate income. The CDBG program has been funded through the State since 1982 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (Title I).

The CDBG program is governed by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and implementing regulations for the State Program at 24 CFR Part 570, Subpart I. All CDBG activities must be carried out in accordance with the requirements of Title I, Subpart I, the State Consolidated Plan, created in accordance with 24 CFR Part 91, and this Application and Program Guide.

In the following sections, a description of New Hampshire’s CDBG Program is presented along with the amount of funds available and the method of distribution (MOD) of those funds. Also presented are the categories of grants to be made available, selection criteria, eligible activities, and the eligibility requirements for applicants.

CDFA will conduct grant workshops to assist municipalities and other interested parties in the preparation of grant applications and the administration and management of funded projects in accordance with program requirements. In addition, CDFA is available to provide technical assistance to municipalities and non-profit organizations regarding the CDBG program. A CDBG Webinar Video on this topic can be viewed by clicking the link.

Program Objectives

The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable communities by expanding economic opportunities, providing decent housing and a suitable living environment principally for persons of low to moderate income.

Section 1.3 Use of the Application and Program Guide and the Implementation Guide
The CDBG Application and Program and Implementation Guide can be found on their respective pages by navigating with the CDBG page sidebars. The purpose of the Application and Program Guide pages are to:

  • Provide information on National Objectives and Eligible activities and New Hampshire’s priorities for funding.
  • Encourage participation in the public input process for determining CDBG program goals.
  • Give clear steps and policies for completing an application.
  • Define clear evaluation steps, criteria and policies for funding decisions.

The purpose of the Implementation Guide pages are to:

  • Assist grant administrators in the day-to-day administration of CDBG projects.
  • Provide practical information on how to implement a CDBG project that will meet legal, financial, and program obligations.
  • Provide the grant administrator with a simple, step-by-step approach for the implementation of CDBG-funded projects, including grant approval, set-up, compliance with applicable requirements, audits and close-out.
  • Provide tools to assist in CDBG project implementation. The tools include tips, lists, forms, and sample documents that are in the chapter or in the attachments to each chapter.

The pages are organized by major topic. All applicable forms referred to on the pages are provided as hotlinks. The major topics include:

Application and Program Guide

  • Program Overview
  • National Objectives and Eligible Activities
  • Activity Selection and Implementation (Method of Distribution)
  • Implementation Guide
  • Grantee Requirements
  • Environmental Review
  • Financial Management
  • Procurement and Contract Requirements
  • Labor Standards
  • Acquisition
  • Relocation
  • Reporting and Recordkeeping
  • Monitoring and Closeout
  • Glossary (Definitions)

Note, however, that this information is intended as a guide and reference, not as a substitute for thorough knowledge of State and Federal laws and regulations referenced herein.

Though not all-inclusive, this information covers the major areas of CDBG administration, provides required and suggested forms and instructions, and provides references for applicable State and Federal laws and regulations.

As necessary, revisions or additions to this information will be issued via Circulars and updates to this website. This information will be retained and kept up-to-date on a yearly basis to ensure effective administration of CDBG grants.

Waivers
CDFA may waive non-statutory program requirements. A request for a waiver will be approved only when it is determined necessary to further the objectives of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, is consistent with the Housing and Community Development Act statutes, the HUD regulations, and the CDFA’s community development objectives.

Waivers may be requested by the Grantee using the CDFA Waiver Request Form. The request must contain the following:
1. Reason(s) for the waiver, including justification of the reasons beyond the recipient’s control to warrant a waiver;
2. Actions taken by the recipient to overcome the problem(s);
3. Specific CDBG requirements that are proposed to be waived; and
4. Identification of the plan to complete the project.

Other Resources and Information
It is very important to note that the applicable regulations and requirements are subject to change. Grantees are responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all applicable rules. This can be accomplished by periodically checking the websites listed below to see if updated or revised regulations have been issued.

New Hampshire Consolidated Plan:
https://www.nhhfa.org/consolidated-plan

Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for State CDBG Programs:
https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/2179/guide-national-objectives-eligible-activities-state-cdbg-programs/

CDP Income Calculator
https://www.hudexchange.info/incomecalculator/

HUD Office of Community Planning and Development Training:
https://www.hudexchange.info/trainings/

HUD Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control:
https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes

HUD Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement (OLSE):
https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/davis_bacon_and_labor_standards

HUD Office of Environment and Energy (OEE):
https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/

Department of Labor:
http://www.dol.gov/

For more information or assistance, grantees are encouraged to contact CDFA staff.

NATIONAL OBJECTIVES AND ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES
National Objectives and Eligible Activities describes the federal requirement that all CDBG-funded activities fulfill one of three National Objectives established by Congress, which is outlined within Chapter 2 of the Implementation Guide. This includes the procedures for documenting that the Grantee’s activities fulfill the selected objective.

Federal regulations stipulate that before any activity can be funded in whole or in part with CDBG funds, it must be determined that the activity (e.g., housing, public infrastructure) is eligible under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. In addition, CDBG requirements mandate that each funded activity must meet one of the three established National Objectives.

To achieve these goals, the CDBG regulations define eligible activities and the National Objectives that each activity must meet. As a pass-through entity for CDBG funds, CDFA is charged with ensuring that each project it funds 1) meets one of the National Objectives listed below and 2) is an eligible activity.

A CDBG Webinar Video on this topic can be viewed by clicking the link.

Forms & Attachments
Attachment 2-1: LMI Job CreationRetention DRAFT
Attachment 2-2: BECA
Attachment 2-3: Blight Resolution
Attachment 2-4: Anti Pirating
Attachment 2-5: Underwriting Guidelines
Attachment 2-6: Microenterprise TA Program Guide FY19
Download: Copy of LMISD

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