Notice to Prospective Village of Oak Park Federal Grants Applicants
The Program Year (PY) 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application process (and the Emergency Solutions Grant [ESG] application process) begins February 8, 2021. For PY 2021, which runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022, there will be an estimated $225,000 available in Village Public Service CDBG funds and $40,000 in Public Facilities Improvements CDBG funds. Other PY 2021 CDBG grant funds will be set aside for Village-run activities.
The Village does not yet know if we will receive ESG funds for PY 2021 but we are proceeding as if we will, with an estimated $129,500 in ESG funds potentially available. The Village did not receive ESG funds for PY 2020 and the pandemic has delayed the notification from HUD as to whether we will get ESG funding for the coming program year.
Applications for PY 2021 CDBG and ESG funds must be completed online. The Application process runs from February 8 to March 5, 2021, with the option of an early, feedback-eligible “safer” due date of February 26, 2021 (which is highly recommended by staff). It is expected that early submittals will be finished products, with all required components included and submitted according to the instructions. If you apply, please carefully read the application Instructions.
The federal CDBG program is a source of funding that addresses local housing and community development needs. These funds are available to non-profit organizations that serve primarily low and moderate income (LMI) persons residing in Oak Park. Each proposed activity must meet the CDBG Program National Objective of primarily serving LMI persons and be eligible. ESG funds are available to non-profit organizations that serve persons who are experiencing, or are at-risk of, homelessness. An ESG applicant must be an active member of the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County. Grant funds are for non-profit agencies, not individuals.