FORT SMITH – The City of Fort Smith Department of Community Development is accepting applications for Year 45 Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) ($844,000*) and for Year 26 HOME Investment Partnership Act Funds ($433,500*) from Wednesday, January 2, 2019, through 12:00 a.m. (midnight), Monday, February 4, 2019.Application periodJanuary 2 – February 4, 2019Of these amounts, approximately $333,200 in CDBG funds, $65,025 in HOME CHDO funds, and $325,125 in HOME funds will be available to outside agencies to assist the City in meeting the strategies of the 2019 Program Year.The CDBG and HOME grants programs use an online grants application management software named ZoomGrants™.

The link to register and complete a pre-application is: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/City_of_Fort_Smith/PY_2019-CDBG_HOMEAll potential applicants must attend the workshop on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. for the CDBG and HOME Programs at the Elm Grove Community Center – Oak Room located at 1901 Greenwood Avenue in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

Applicants’ Required Workshop January 16, 10:00 a.m.Elm Grove Community Center – Oak Room> Public Hearings will be held by the Community Development Advisory Committee on Thursday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. at the Elm Grove Community Center – Oak Room.

The Fort Smith Board of Directors will hold a study session Tuesday, March 26 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) in the Community Room of the Main Library, 3201 Rogers Avenue.

A Final Public Hearing will be held Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Fort Smith School Service Center, 3205 Jenny Lind, Building “B.”The purpose of these public hearings is to receive input on proposed funding requests, CDAC recommendations, and CDBG/HOME program performance. The meeting locations are accessible.Members of the public with questions or in need of interpreter services or other accommodations for the public hearings may contact Candyce Gabucci, coordinator for Community Development, or Matt Jennings, director of Community Development at 479.784.2209. Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice is required for accommodation arrangements to be made.

Community Development homepage: http://www.fortsmithar.gov/index.php/community-development

* Amounts are estimated. The federal government has not yet approved a federal Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Final allocation amounts may not be available until May–June 2019. Once the City is notified of official program funding totals, all proposed activities budgets will be proportionally increased or decreased from these estimated funding levels to match actual allocation amounts.


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