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 cannot 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. For more information about the Competitive Process contact Sharon Thomas at 970-221-6595 or c3Rob21hc0BmY2dvdi5jb20=.
There are three 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 YnJvc2VuQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.
PUBLIC FACILITY: the Public Facility category refers to space for agencies that provide direct services to low- and moderate- income clients living in Fort Collins. This is a lower priority in the City’s federal Consolidated Plan; funding in this category is very limited. For more information and to determine if there are funds available contact Heidi Phelps at 970-221-6757 or aHBoZWxwc0BmY2dvdi5jb20=.
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
July: Applications available online
August: Applications due
September: Applicants present projects to the CDBG Commission
October: CDBG Commission decides funding recommendations (deliberations)
November: 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. Public Facility applicants should contact Heidi Phelps at 970-221-6757 or aHBoZWxwc0BmY2dvdi5jb20=.
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.