Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Guidelines

Authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the CDBG Program provides eligible cities and counties with annual formula-based grants. These grants can be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing, offer economic opportunities and improve community facilities and services.

Funding received from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for CDBG activities or projects is used locally to meet priority community needs identified in the City of New Braunfels' Consolidated Plan. All activities carried out with CDBG funding must meet one of the following national objectives:
  • Benefit low and moderate-income persons
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
  • Meet community development needs having a particular urgency e.g. response to a hurricane, tornado, flood, or similar disaster

Grant recipients must certify that at least 70% of HUD funds must be expended on behalf of low and moderate-income persons.  

IMPORTANT PROGRAM RESOURCE: Details regarding the CDBG program are available in this HUD-issued CDBG Guide

Program Year 2020
The City is requesting applications from non-profit agencies and other entities for the CDBG program for the term October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Activities must benefit low-moderate income people, aid in the prevention of slum or blight, or meet an urgent community need such as disaster relief. 

The CDBG Program Year 2020 funding applications will be available on the City's CDBG website from January 15, 2020 to February 17, 2020. Additionally, applications will be available at the January 15, 2020 pre-application workshop.

CDBG Pre-Application Workshop: January 15, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the New Braunfels City Hall - Tejas Room located at 550 Landa Street. The workshop will provide details regarding the application process, eligibility and compliance requirements, and an overview of the CDBG grant program. Attendance is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

Applications are due to the City Secretary’s Office, ATTN: Jennifer Gates, at 550 Landa Street by February 17, 2020 no later than 4:00 PM local time. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted or eligible for funding.

If you have questions concerning the application, please contact Jennifer Gates, Grants Coordinator, at JGates@nbtexas.org or Paula Harper, CDBG Consultant, at paula.cstx@gmail.com.

Program Year 2020 Resources 
CDBG Program Year 2020 - Public Notice
CDBG Program Year 2020 - Funding Announcement
CDBG Program Year 2020 - Application Workshop Presentation
CDBG Program Year 2020 - Application - open 1-15-20 to 2-17-20
2020-2024 CDBG Consolidated Plan - DRAFT

CDBG Stakeholder Meeting - March 4, 2020
The City of New Braunfels receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds each year from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The new funding year, Program Year 2020 (PY20) begins October 1, 2020 and ends September 30, 2021. In order to receive the funding, the City must create a document called the "Annual Action Plan" which details how the funds will be allocated, who will benefit from the funded programs/projects, and establishes goals for each activity. In addition to the Annual Action Plan, the City is currently developing the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, a 5-year strategic planning document.

The City invites all persons interested providing input for the development of the Consolidated Plan, the Annual Action Plan, and the City’s Fair Housing Plan to attend a Stakeholder Meeting on March 4th. The meeting will be held at 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Tejas Room at City Hall, 550 Landa Street, New Braunfels, TX. The workshop will allow citizens to discuss issues and priorities with City staff.  

Citizen comments will be accepted at this meeting as well as other public hearings and incorporated into the aforementioned Plans. After Council determines which programs and projects will be funded in the 2020 Action Plan, CDBG staff prepare draft Plan documents which will be made available for review and comment in print form and on the City's CDBG website for 30 days. After the comment period has been completed for the Plans, any comments that have been received are incorporated into the associated document and the Plans are forwarded to HUD for their review.

Important Dates (all posted times are Central Time):
January 15, 2020 to February 17, 2020: CDBG Program Year 2020 Funding Application Period

January 15, 2020     9:30 AM - 11:00 AM; Pre-Application Workshop
                                  New Braunfels City Hall; Tejas Room; 550 Landa Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130

March 4, 2020  9:30 AM - 11:00 AMStakeholder Meeting Annual Action Plan and Fair Housing Discussion
                                  New Braunfels City Hall; Tejas Room; 550 Landa Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130

March 18, 2020         *IN-PERSON MEETING CANCELED*  
        PY20 Applicant Discussions with Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) conducted via email

April 2020          Fair Housing Month

April 1, 2020         *RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 6, 2020* 
                                 6:00 PM
CDAC ranks applications for recommendations to City Council
                                    New Braunfels City Hall; Tejas Room; 550 Landa Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130

April 13, 2020        6:00 PM; Fair Housing Month and National Community Development Week proclamations
                                     New Braunfels City Hall; City Council Chambers; 550 Landa Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130
                                    Fair Housing Month proclamation
                                    National Community Development Week proclamation

May 6, 2020          6:00 PMCDAC ranks PY20 applications for recommendations to City Council
                                    Meeting format: virtual Zoom meeting                                   

June 16, 2020         10:30 AMPublic Input Meeting for Draft Consolidated Plan and Fair Housing Plan
                                      New Braunfels City Hall; Tejas Room; 550 Landa Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130
IMPORTANT NOTES: The in-person format of this meeting will be conducted in accordance with current City guidelines for public health and safety. OPTIONAL VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION: Interested parties may attend this meeting in person at City Hall or to participate in a Zoom meeting, use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82040658240 or use ID # 820 4065 8240 when calling 888-475-4499 (Toll Free) or 877-853-5257 (Toll Free).

July 13, 2020         6:00 PMPublic Hearing and Presentation of Draft Consolidated Plan and Fair Housing Plan to City Council
                                       Meeting format: virtual Zoom meeting 

July 27, 2020         6:00 PMCity Council Approves Consolidated Plan and Fair Housing Plan
                                       Meeting format: virtual Zoom meeting