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					                                       City of Cape Coral
           Community Development Block Grant Program
                                  2010-2011 Grant Cycle
                           Applicant Information Package

             Application Due Date: April 9, 2010, 4:00 PM

                                    City of Cape Coral (Physical Address)
                         Department of Community Development-Planning Division
                                            1015 Cultural Park Blvd
                                           Cape Coral, FL 33915-0027
                                     City of Cape Coral (Mailing Address)
                         Department of Community Development-Planning Division
                                                PO Box 150027
                                           Cape Coral, FL 33915-0027

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Dear Potential Applicant:

RE:       2010-2011 Community Development Block Grant Application Cycle

The City of Cape Coral through its Planning and Growth Management Division is inviting not-for-profit
agencies and city departments to submit proposals for projects to be funded from the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) for the 2010-2011 cycle beginning March 10, 2010. Proposals are due no later than
4:00 PM, Friday, April 9, 2010.

To assist community organizations and city departments in developing funding proposals, we have
attached as Attachment A a summary of the types of activities that are eligible for funding under the
CDBG Program.

The City’s 2010-2010 projected entitlement grant amount is $704,165.         $563,332 of these funds is
available to eligible entities for eligible activities. Of this amount, $457,707 must be used for housing,
public facilities, or economic development projects and the remaining $105,624 may be used for public

Please pay careful attention to the following components of the funding review process for the CDBG

1. A mandatory orientation meeting to review the CDBG application process and requirements with
      prospective applicants will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 in City Hall Conference Room
      220A, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral. The meeting will be held from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
      2010 MEETING.

2. Public Facilities activities must take place in a low moderate income area as designated by the US
      Department of HUD. A map of these areas is provided in Attachment B.

3. Faith-based organizations may apply for funding to carry out CDBG eligible programs and activities
      provided that:
      a. They do not engage in inherently religious activities as part of a CDBG funded program or

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    b. They shall not, in providing CDBG funded services, discriminate against a program beneficiary on
         the basis of religion or religious belief.
    c.   CDBG funds not be used for the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of structures that are
         used principally for inherently religious activities.

4. The City of Cape Coral does not fund application requests for capital equipment.

5. All new CDBG applicants MUST meet with City staff prior to submission of application to discuss
    agency and project eligibility.

6. All funding requests must be submitted to the Department of Community Development by 4:00 PM on
    the April 9, 2010 deadline. Any proposals that are not received by staff on or before this date will not
    be accepted.

7. Mail or deliver nine (9) double sided, three hole punched copies plus one original, one sided and
    stapled (no covers or bindings please) to :
                           City of Cape Coral (Physical Address)
                           Department of Community Development-Planning Division
                           1015 Cultural Park Blvd.
                           Cape Coral, FL 33915-0027

                           City of Cape Coral (Mailing Address)
                           Department of Community Development-Planning Division
                           PO Box 150027
                           Cape Coral, FL 33915-0027

8. Incomplete proposals that do not include all of the required data and documents will not be accepted.
    There will be an initial screening of the package for completeness and CDBG program eligibility.

9. The proposals that are submitted and deemed complete and eligible will then be evaluated by staff.
    Each applicant will be given one opportunity to make corrections/clarifications. Staff will then make
    recommendations based on the Application Evaluation Criteria as delineated in Attachment C.

The Citizen’s Advisory Board for CDBG will consider these items and make funding recommendations at
their April 28, 2010 meeting.         At this meeting applicants will have the opportunity to present their
application and answer any questions from the advisory board. These recommendations will be provided
to the City Council for their consideration and final recommendations at the June 14 th and July 26th City
Council meetings. Please note all meeting dates as provided in Attachment D.
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This application packet provides all necessary information on the data and documents which must be
submitted.     The required forms can be viewed and downloaded from the City’s website by following the link for Community Development and Application Process. Should
you have any questions regarding the application cycle or the CDBG program please feel free to contact
the CDBG staff utilizing the contact information found on the Staff Contact Sheet in Attachment E.

We look forward to the coming months being productive ones.


Amy L. Yearsley
Amy L. Yearsley, AICP
CDBG/SHIP Team Coordinator
Department of Community Development/Planning and Growth Management Division

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                                 SUMMARY OF ELIGIBLE AND INELIGIBLE

This is a summary of the activities that are eligible and ineligible for assistance under the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program pursuant to the governing regulations of the Code of Federal
Regulations, Title 24, Part 570, Sections 570.200-570.207. This summary is based upon the Final Rules
published in March 1996.

General Policies -- 570.200

The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, by
providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities,
principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. Funds must be used so as to give maximum
feasible priority to activities which will carry out one of the three broad national objectives of: benefit to
low- and moderate-income families; or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or activities
designed to meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing
conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other
financial resources are not available to meet such needs.

Basic Eligible Activities -- 570.201

(a)     Acquisition in whole or in part by purchase, long-term lease, donation, or otherwise, of real
        property for any public purpose.

(b)     Disposition of real property acquired with CDBG funds through sale, lease, donation, or
        otherwise; or its retention for public purposes, including reasonable costs of temporarily
        managing such property.

(c)     Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of public facilities and
        improvements, except buildings for the general conduct of government. Activities may include:

        -        Removal of material and architectural barriers that restrict the mobility and accessibility of
                 elderly or severely disabled persons to public facilities or improvements;
        -        Design features and improvements which promote energy efficiency;
        -        Architectural design features and similar treatments intended to enhance the aesthetic
                 quality of facilities and improvements receiving CDBG assistance.
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        Eligible facilities include homeless shelters; convalescent homes; hospitals; nursing homes;
        battered spouse shelters; halfway houses for run-away children, drug offenders or parolees;
        group homes for mentally retarded persons; and temporary housing for disaster victims.

(d)     Clearance, demolition and removal of buildings and improvements, and movement of structures
        to other sites.

(e)     Provision of public services (including labor, supplies and materials) such as those concerned
        with child care, health, education, job training, public safety, fair housing counseling, senior
        citizens, homeless persons, drug abuse, energy conservation, employment, crime prevention,
        welfare, homebuyer downpayment assistance, or recreational needs. The services must meet
        each of the following criteria:

        -        A service must either be new or be a quantifiable increase in the level of an existing
                 service above that which has been provided with State or Local funds in the previous
                 twelve calendar months; and
        -        The amount obligated for public services shall not exceed 15 percent of the annual grant
                 and of program income received during the immediately preceding program year.

(f)     Interim assistance to correct objectively determinable signs of physical deterioration in areas
        where immediate action is necessary and where permanent improvements will be carried out as
        soon as practicable; or to alleviate emergency conditions threatening the public health and safety
        and requiring immediate resolution.

(g)     Payment of the non-Federal share required in connection with a Federal grant-in-aid program
        undertaken as part of CDBG activities.

(h)     Completion of urban renewal projects.

(i)     Relocation payments and assistance for relocated individuals, families, businesses, nonprofit
        organizations, and farm operations.

(j)     Payment to housing owners for losses of rental income incurred in holding units for individuals
        and families displaced by relocation activities.

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(k)     Housing services, such as tenant counseling in connection with tenant-based rental assistance
        and affordable housing projects, energy auditing, preparation of work specifications, loan
        processing, inspections, tenant selection, management of tenant-based rental assistance, and
        other services related to assisting owners, tenants, contractors, and other entities participating or
        seeking to participate in housing activities assisted under title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez
        National Affordable Housing Act.

(l)     Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation of the distribution lines and
        facilities of privately owned utilities.

(m)     Construction of housing assisted under section 17 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.

(n)     Direct homeownership assistance to low- and moderate-income homebuyers:

        1.       To subsidize interest rates and mortgage principal amounts;
        2.       To finance the acquisition of owner-occupied property;
        3.       To acquire guarantees for mortgage financing obtained from private lenders but not to
                 guarantee such mortgage financing directly or provide such guarantees directly;
        4.       To provide up to 50 percent of any required downpayment;
        5.       To pay reasonable closing costs.

(o)     Microenterprise assistance through the provision of assistance to facilitate economic
        development by providing credit for the establishment, stabilization and expansion of
        microenterprises; providing technical assistance, advice and business support service to owners
        or developers of microenterprises; and providing general support to owners and developers or
        microenterprises. Training and technical assistance may also be provided.

(p)     Provision of technical assistance to public or nonprofit entities to increase their capacity to carry
        out eligible neighborhood revitalization or economic development activities.

(q)     Assistance to institutions of higher education to carry out eligible activities.

Eligible Rehabilitation and Preservation Activities -- 570.202

(a)     Rehabilitation assistance for:

        -        Privately owned residential buildings and improvements;

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        -        Low-income public housing and other publicly owned residential buildings and
        -        Publicly and privately owned commercial or industrial buildings; and
        -        Nonprofit-owned nonresidential buildings and improvements
        -        Manufactured housing that is part of the permanent housing stock.

(b)     Financing assistance through grants, loans, loan guarantees, interest supplements, or other
        means for:

        (1)      Private individuals and entities, including profit making and nonprofit organizations, to
                 acquire and rehabilitate, and to rehabilitate properties for use or resale for residential
        (2)      Labor, materials and other rehabilitation costs, including repair, replacement of principal
                 fixtures and components, installation of security devices, and renovation of existing
        (3)      Loans for refinancing existing indebtedness secured by a property being rehabilitated;
        (4)      Improvements to increase the efficient use of energy;
        (5)      Improvements to increase the efficient use of water;
        (6)      Connection of residential structures to water distribution or local sewer collection lines;
        (7)      Initial homeowner warranty premiums, hazard insurance premiums, flood insurance
                 premiums and lead-based paint testing and abatement;
        (8)      Acquisition of tools to be lent to carry out rehabilitation;
        (9)      Rehabilitation services related to assisting participants in rehabilitation activities; and
        (10)     Rehabilitation of housing under Section 17 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937.
        (11)     Improvements designed to remove material and architectural barriers that restrict the
                 mobility and accessibility of elderly or severely disabled persons.

(c)     Code violations inspections and enforcement to arrest the decline of deteriorating or deteriorated

(d)     Rehabilitation, preservation or restoration of publicly or privately owned historic properties.

(e)     Renovation of closed school or other buildings for use as an eligible public facility or for housing.

(f)     Lead-based paint hazard evaluation and reduction.

Special Economic Development Activities -- 570.203

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Activities that are listed as eligible may be carried out as part of an economic development project. In
addition, special economic development activities that are necessary or appropriate to carry out an
economic development project--but not including assistance for the construction of new housing--may be
carried out including:

(a)     Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of commercial or industrial
        buildings, structures, and other real property equipment and improvements, including railroad
        spurs or similar extensions. Such activities may be carried out by the recipient, or public or
        private nonprofit subrecipients.

(b)     The provision of assistance to private for-profit businesses, including, but not limited to, grants,
        loans, loan guarantees, interest supplements, technical assistance, and other forms of support,
        for any activity where the assistance is appropriate to carry out an economic development project
        -- except for buildings for the general conduct of government, general government expenses, and
        political activities.

(c)     Economic development services including, but not limited to, outreach efforts to market available
        forms of assistance; screening of applicants; reviewing and underwriting applications for
        assistance; preparation of all necessary agreements; management of assisted activities; and the
        screening, referral and placement of applicants for employment opportunities generated by
        CDBG-eligible economic development activities, including the costs of necessary training.

Special Activities By Community-Based Development Organizations (CBDOs) -- 570.204

(a)     Assistance may be provided to carry out a neighborhood revitalization, community economic
        development, or energy conservation project, including:

        -        Activities listed as eligible; and
        -        Activities not otherwise listed as eligible -- excluding, buildings for the general conduct of
                 government business, general government expenses, and political activities.

(b)     Activities must: (1) meet the public service requirements although services specifically designed
        to increase economic opportunities through job training and placement and other employment
        support services; (2) meet the requirements of the quidelines for evaluating and selecting

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        economic development projects under Section 570.209; and (3) must not result in the recipient
        exceeding the 20% limit on planning and administrative costs.

(c)     Eligible entities are:

        (1)      Non-profit organizations that engage in community development activities primarily within
                 an identified geographic area and whose primary purpose is the improvement of the
                 physical, economic or social environment.
        (2)      City Departments

Eligible Planning, Urban Environmental Design and Policy-Planning-Management-Capacity Building
Activities -- 570.205

(a)     Planning activities such as data gathering, studies, analyses, preparation of plans, and
        identification of actions to implement plans.

(b)     Activities

Ineligible Activities -- 570.207

(a)     Assistance for:

        -        Buildings used for the general conduct of government
        -        General government expenses; and
        -        Political activities.

(b)     Assistance for:

        -        Purchase of construction equipment, fire protection equipment, furnishings and personal
        -        Repairing, operating and maintaining public facilities, improvements and services;
        -        New housing construction; and
        -        Income payments except when carried out as a special economic development activity,
                 or as a public service, or by an eligible community-based development organization, or
                 by the recipient as specifically authorized.

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                                   APPLICATION EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applications are reviewed by staff for completeness and eligibility, and against criteria listed below.
Applicants may also be interviewed by staff to respond to or clarify any issues related to the application.
Staff reserves the right to reject an application based on ineligibility, incompleteness, and/or absence of
meeting a national and/or consolidated plan objective. Below are the general criteria used by staff in
evaluating applications:

Intended purpose (outcome) - The quantitative and qualitative goals of the project are achievable,
measurable and result in a desirable outcome.

Consistency with Priorities Established in the Consolidated Plan and City Policy – The project meets
goals and strategies of the Consolidated Plan. Secondarily, the project meets goals of other plans such
as the Local Housing Assistance Plan.           In addition, the project is in full compliance with City
Comprehensive Plan and Land Use and Development Regulations.

Eligibility in Respect to Federal Regulation – The proposed use of CDBG funds is consistent with federal
regulations and is determined to be an eligible activity. The project meets one of the following three
national objectives; benefit to very-low and low-income persons, preventing blight, or an urgent need.

Target Population, and Demonstrated Need – The project fulfills a well-defined need and has supporting
documentation that the need exists. The proposed project is responsive to the community and the target
population, and shows a relationship between the need and the action to be taken. The target population
or area is clearly defined, the project is accessible and outreach is effective.

Financial Analysis - Total project costs are reasonable, and are adequate to carry out the project through
the specified time period. The budget is well thought out with reasonable assumptions for completing the
project with federal funding.    A reasonable relationship exists between the cost of the project and the
expected outcome. Sponsor has the capacity to secure all funds necessary to carry out the project within
normal standards. Volunteer or in-kind services are attainable and realistic. The project cost is within
normal range of similar projects. Projects are encouraged to supply matching funds in order to maximize
the use of CDBG funds. Audits or other financial statements demonstrate success in securing funds
through grant proposals or other fund raising efforts. Proposed project has significant funding secured at
application time.

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Experience and Capacity to Carry out the Project – Components of the project are fully described and the
goals and objectives are attainable. The project sponsor has demonstrated the ability to successfully
carry out the proposed project including providing a project manager, construction manager and/or
qualified licensed contractor (for construction projects only). The applicant demonstrates that capacity
exists to complete the project and meet all the federal requirements of the CDBG program.

Project Readiness and Timeliness – All components of the project are in place or can be in place within a
specified period of time. Project can be implemented and completed in a timely manner.            Particular
attention is given to these criteria due to specific HUD timeliness requirements.

Past Performance - Rate of progress toward completing contractual goals, ability to overcome and avoid
past problems. Inaccurate or incomplete performance reports, unresolved audit findings, delays in or
failure to submit required reports, persistent difficulties with payment request process, failure to correct
significant problems.

Clarity and completeness of application - The application submitted was complete and lacked
inaccuracies and ambiguities.

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                                                      CITY OF CAPE CORAL
                                      COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)
                                              2010-2015 HUD CONSOLIDATED PLAN
                                              2010-2011 ACTION PLAN SCHEDULE
 Date/Location                         Task                                             Responsible Party
 March 10, 2010                        PUBLIC MEETING --Identify CDBG priorities        Citizens Advisory Board
 5:30 PM                               for 2010-2015 CDBG Program.                      Community Development Block Grant
                                       Potential applicants and general public to       (CDBG)
 Cape Coral City Hall                  identify community development needs in          Potential applicants for funding
 Conf 220A                             Cape Coral                                       Social Service Agencies
 1015 Cultural Park Blvd               Opportunity for public comment                   General Public
 Cape Coral, FL                                                                         Department of Community Development
 March 10, 2010                        Mandatory meeting of applicants requesting       Department of Community Development
 4:00 PM                               CDBG funds.                                      Staff
                                       Application packages will be distributed at      Applicants seeking funds
 Cape Coral City Hall                  this meeting
 Conf 220A
 1015 Cultural Park Blvd
 Cape Coral, FL
 March 10, 2010-April 9, 2010          Staff available to assist with completing        Department of Community Development
 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                     applications and answer program questions.       Staff

 Cape Coral City Hall
 1015 Cultural Park Blvd
 DCD/Planning Division Section, 1st
 April 9, 2010                         Applications due prior to close of business as   Department of Community Development
 Close of business 4:00 PM             stated in applications.                          Staff

 Cape Coral City Hall                  No applications will be accepted after the
 1015 Cultural Park Blvd               posted deadline.
 DCD/Planning Division Section, 1st
 April 28, 2010                        Public Meeting                                   Citizens Advisory Board
 5:30 PM                               Applicant presentations before the Citizens      Community Development Block Grant
                                       Advisory Board                                   (CDBG)
 Cape Coral City Hall                  CAB Final Recommendations
 Conference Room 220A                  Opportunity for public comment
 1015 Cultural Park Blvd
 Cape Coral, FL
 June 14, 2010                         First public hearing regarding resolution        City Council
 4:30 PM                               adopting the 2010-2015 HUD Consolidated

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                                       Plan and 2010-2011 Action Plan
 Cape Coral City Hall
 Council Chambers
 1015 Cultural Park Blvd
 Cape Coral, FL
 July 26, 2010                         Final public input to adopt resolution         City Council
 4:30 PM                               adopting the 2010-2015 HUD Consolidated
                                       Plan and 2010-2011 Action Plan
 Cape Coral City Hall
 Council Chambers                      Final opportunity for public comment.
 1015 Cultural Park Blvd
 Cape Coral, FL
 August 2, 2010                        Submit Action Plan to USHUD                    Department of Community Development
The City of Cape Coral encourages public comment. For persons of the general public unable to attend these public hearings and
wishing to comment, please forward your written remarks to the address listed below or telephone (239) 574-0552.

                                                        City of Cape Coral
                                     Amy L. Yearsley, AICP, CDBG/SHIP Team Coordinator

                                             Department of Community Development
                                           Planning and Growth Management Division
                                                   1015 Cultural Park Boulevard
                                                    Cape Coral, Florida 33915

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                                    STAFF CONTACT SHEET

                                             AMY L. YEARSLEY, AICP
                                           CDBG/SHIP Team Coordinator
                                                City of Cape Coral
                                 Planning and Growth Management Division
                                                 PO Box 150027
                                       Cape Coral, Florida 33915-0027
                                              239-573-3182 (Phone)
                                               239-574-0591 (Fax)

                                               SAMANTHA CROW
                                               Planning Technician
                                                City of Cape Coral
                                 Planning and Growth Management Division
                                                 PO Box 150027
                                       Cape Coral, Florida 33915-0027
                                              239-573-3077 (Phone)
                                               239-574-0591 (Fax)

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