The Social Sustainability Department allocates City dollars through a competitive process for affordable housing programs and projects, and services by nonprofit agencies. This funding supports the four theme areas of the Strategic Plan: Community Wellness, Equity & Inclusion, Community Prosperity and Housing.
Eligible applicants are affordable housing providers/developers and nonprofit agencies with a 501(c)3 designation that support low to moderate income and/or special populations in Fort Collins. Individuals and funding entities are not eligible to apply. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commission makes funding recommendations to City Council. City Council makes the final decision. Applicants who were funded by the City in previous funding cycles are not guaranteed funding in the current cycle.
There are two primary funding categories: Housing, Public Facility and Public (Human) Service.
HOUSING: this category may include acquisition and construction of affordable housing projects, land purchase, housing rehabilitation, certain “soft” costs related to affordable housing development, and homebuyer assistance programs. Properties must be located in the city limits of Fort Collins. For more information contact Beth Rosen at 970-221-6812 or PGFjbGFzcz0=">YnJvc2VuQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.
PUBLIC (HUMAN) SERVICE: this category includes nonprofit agencies serving primarily low-moderate income residents or special populations (abused children, battered spouses, adults with severe disabilities, etc.). While the agency does not need to be located in Fort Collins, those served with City dollars must be Fort Collins residents. For more information contact Sharon Thomas at 970-221-6595 or c3Rob21hc0BmY2dvdi5jb20=.
Funding for all categories occurs with the spring cycle and if funding is available an optional fall cycle will be conducted for the Housing category.
January: Applications available online
February: Applications due
March/April: Applicants present projects to the CDBG Commission
April: CDBG Commission decides funding recommendations (deliberations)
May: Recommendations are presented to Council for approval
October: Funds are available to approved agencies and housing providers
Optional Fall Process for Housing ONLY (will be held 2016)
For more information, contact Beth Rosen: YnJvc2VuQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 970-221-6812
July 14: Applications available online
August 4: Pre-applications due
August 25: Applications due
September 29: Presentations to the CDBG Commission
October 13: CDBG Commission Deliberations
November 15: Recommendations are presented to Council for approval
The application process is run through ZoomGrants™.To begin click here. There are two application types, Housing and Public/Human Service. Select the category that meets your proposal type.
If you need assistance with ZoomGrants contact Janet Freeman, Administrative Assistant, at 970-221-6758 or amZyZWVtYW5AZmNnb3YuY29t.
PUBLIC SERVICE APPLICANTS
Want to know more about the Competitive Process? Read the Competitive Process FAQs.