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This is to notify the public that the City of Cumberland is currently soliciting for Community Development Block Grant Project Requests for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2019. The City will be receiving an estimated $700,000 in CDBG funds. Project requests must be developed to meet one of the following national objectives: 1) primarily benefit low-income persons, 2) be of an urgent and otherwise non-fundable need, or 3) address slum/blight. In addition, the City's Consolidated Plan has prioritized identified needs for the area's low-income and special needs population and projects must also address at least one of those. Examples of eligible activities include property acquisition, blight removal, housing, neighborhood improvements, recreation, beautification, job creation activities, public facilities, public services, and infrastructure improvements.
The City of Cumberland will be holding its first Public Hearing to receive project requests on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6:15 p.m. during the Mayor & City Council Meeting at City Hall. This meeting room is accessible. Any requests for additional accommodations should be directed to the Department of Community Development, Lower Level, City Hall at least 3 days prior to the meeting to make necessary arrangements.
The deadline to submit a project request is Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Once all project requests are received, staff will rate and rank those requests based on initial eligibility, ability to address an identified goal in the Consolidated Plan, agency capacity/experience, project complexity, matching funds, and funding availability.
If you have a specific project that you would like to have considered for funding, please submit your project request in writing by 4 pm February 20, 2019 to the City of Cumberland Department of Community Development, City Hall, 57 N. Liberty Street - Lower Level, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. If you have any questions you can contact Ms. Lee Borror, Department of Community Development at 301-759-6437 or TDD # 1-800-735-2258. You can also e-mail a project request or question to Lee Borror at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical assistance meetings will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. AND Thursday, January 24, AT 2:00 p.m.
Technical assistance meetings will consist of a brief overview of the CDBG application/proposal process, updates about requirements within the CDBG program, and question/answer session related to goals or projects. Each meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers (2nd floor of City Hall) which is accessible.
*Attendance at ONE of the technical assistance meetings is required in order for any agency/organization proposal to be considered for 2019-2020 Community Development Block Grant funding. Please RSVP to Ms. Borror for ONE of the meetings listed above.
A second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 (see agenda for final date confirmation) at 6:15 p.m. during the Mayor & City Council meeting at City Hall to recommend projects for submittal in the 2019 Action Plan. A 30-day comment period will begin on March 15, 2019 and end on April 15, 2019 affording the public opportunity to comment on the projects proposed for funding. Final adoption of the Plan will occur at the end of the comment period, at the regular Mayor & Council meeting, Tuesday, April 16, 2019.