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CALDWELL: $8 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS AVAILABLE

(Wed., Sept. 8, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that the City and County of Honolulu is accepting applications from nonprofit agencies for $6 million in Community Development Block Grants and $2 million in HOME Investment Partnership funds. Both programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“This is an excellent example of an effective partnership, and a wonderful opportunity for agencies that perform important services,” Caldwell said. “Two City departments, Community Services (DCS) and Budget and Fiscal Services (BFS), have joined forces with HUD to offer financial support to organizations that assist those who are most in need in our community.”

Community Development Block Grants are available for projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.  HOME money, meanwhile, is available to community housing development organizations and other qualified private nonprofit organizations to develop and support affordable rental housing and homeownership affordability. Community housing development organizations seeking to develop multifamily rental housing are given top priority. 

The Request For Proposals is available at the Division of Purchasing, Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, and at www.honolulu.gov/pur .

The City will hold an informational and orientation meeting for prospective applicants on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., at Mission Memorial Auditorium, on the Fasi Civic Center grounds.  The deadline for applications for both grant programs is 4:00 p.m., October 4, 2010.

            The City’s online email notification system will continue to allow applicants for federal grants, available through the City’s CDBG and HOME programs, to receive email notification of funding opportunities whenever they become available. Applicants may register at: http://www.honolulu.gov/budget/cdbg.htm

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Media contact: Johnny Brannon, Mayor’s Office, 768-5767