The 2018 Community Development Block Grant Application is now available online and due on February 7, 2018. Please read all application information found carefully. This is for applicants who are proposing public works, housing rehabilitation or construction, and economic development projects only.
The City of La Crosse is making available a total of $580,000 for grants and loans available for eligible activities as defined by our strategic plan below. Last year’s final allocations ranged from $25,000-$172,000. In addition, the City is also making available $350,000 in a loan for a multi-family housing project. This must be to qualified organizations with experience with Low-Income Tax Credit projects or extensive experience with multi-family buildings of 30 units or more.
5-Year STRATEGIC PLAN
1. Demolish dilapidated housing structures and replace with new, affordable housing.
2. Repair aging housing infrastructure
3. Improve livability, attractiveness, and safety through public infrastructure in target neighborhoods (Lower Northside, PPH, Washburn).
(High priority is storm water captured through green infrastructure and street lighting for target neighborhoods)
4. Increase affordable rental housing available for low-income families, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
5. Increase economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons (priority for minority-owned businesses).
6. Support neighborhood-based businesses
7. Prevent and end homelessness in La Crosse (tenant-based rental assistance projects only, must follow all HOME regulations)
A meeting will be held on January 9th at 3:30 PM at City Hall in the 5th Floor Conference Room for all those interested in applying. A public hearing will follow with the Community Development Committee at 4pm in the 3rd Floor Conference Room for applicants and members of the public to comment on the proposed plan.
New this year is a pre-application which must be completed and approved by City Staff first. The pre-application must be completed by January 26th but applicants are highly encouraged to complete the pre-application as soon as possible so they can begin their application. Only organizations with demonstrated ability to manage federal funds will be able to apply- otherwise, they will be required to have a fiscal agent.
The application process is online and can be accessed here. Please use your organization’s existing username and password if you have one. This will allow you to copy last year’s application. If not, you can create a new username and password. More information and requirements are detailed in the application.
Caroline (Neilsen) Gregerson
Community Development Administrator
City of La Crosse