- They meet a goal of the Federal Act: Benefit to low-and-moderate-income (LMI) persons;
- The particular planning project addresses established long-term community priorities;
- The funds granted will have a significant impact on the overall project;
- The community has demonstrated a strong commitment to the project and its sustainability; and
- The project is ready to proceed upon grant award and will be completed within 12 months.
Maximum grant amounts and local match requirement
- Water Utilities infrastructure studies are limited as follows:
- $60,000 for a study on two utilities, and
- $90,000 for a master utility study (water, wastewater, and storm water).
- Note: All utilities controlled by the community must be covered by the study.
- Comprehensive plans are limited as follows:
- Populations over 10,000 are limited to $60,000, and
- Populations under 10,000 are limited to $50,000
- Economic recovery plans are limited to $50,000.
- Broadband plans are limited to $50,000 for a single community; $70,000 for a region.
Application timeline and process
Please note that OCRA will not be accepting first quarter (Q1) planning grant applications. The agency will use this time to collect and evaluate stakeholder feedback on the program. OCRA will reopen for applications in the second quarter (Q2) as noted on the 2022 agency calendar.
Minimum Plan Requirements
November 1, 2018 through August 1, 2020 minimum plan requirements:
- Broadband Readiness Plan
- Comprehensive Plan
- Downtown Revitalization Plan
- Economic Development Plan
- Environmental Assessment
- Historic Preservation Plan/
- Public Facilities Feasibility Study
- Water Infrastructure Plan
Please contact the CDBG Program Manager, Bolanle Oladokun, if you have specific questions.