Community Development Block Grant

The City of Green Cove Springs is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for an FFY 2019 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”). This program is an excellent opportunity to obtain funds for projects which the City could not otherwise afford and to help our community thrive. The City is eligible to apply for up to $700,000 in the neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization, or housing rehabilitation categories. Construction activities funded through the CDBG Program must meet one of the following national objectives:

  1. Provide benefit to low- and moderate-income persons;
  2. Prevent or eliminate slum or blight conditions; or
  3. Meet a need of recent origin having a particular urgency.

The types of activities that CDBG funds may be used for include constructing stormwater ponds, paving roads and sidewalks, installing sewer and water lines, building a community center or park, making improvements to a sewage treatment plant, and rehabilitating low-income homes. Additional information regarding the range of activities that could be funded will be provided at the public hearing.

The process for applying for a Community Development Block Grant includes:

  1. First Public Hearing held to announce consideration of application and receive feedback from the public.
  2. City Staff drafts the grant application.
  3. Second Public Hearing is held to present the application and receive feedback on it from the public.
  4. Application is submitted to DEO by 5PM on October 5, 2020.

Meeting Schedule:

First Public Hearing - September 1, 2020 - 5:30PM - 321 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Community Meeting - September 3, 2020 - 1:00PM - 415 Lemon Street (Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym), Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Second Public Hearing - September 15, 2020 - 7:00PM - 321 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Links

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity - Information for Applicants

Summary of Participation from First Public Hearing - 9/1/2020

CDBG 1st Hearing / Community Meeting PowerPoint

Map of Potential Projects - Please note this map is for discussion / informational purposes only. This is not a definitive map of projects to be completed with this grant. These are projects which could potentially be completed as part of this grant and this map is intended to spark a conversation with the community about their needs and their thoughts on how to improve Green Cove Springs.

Summary of Participation at the Community Meeting

CDBG Application

The City received notice from FL DEO that the application period is being extended to November 9, 2020. As such, staff plan to submit the application by that deadline. However, the majority of the application is complete at this time. A link is provided below if you would like to view it as it currently stands. Staff will review the application for accuracy and consistency and add in any missing items, such as supporting documentation in the appendices, as we move forward. If you have any questions or concerns about the CDBG application or process, please call us 904-297-7049.

CDBG Application (Completion Still In-Progress)

Here are a couple images from our community meeting:

Image of Planning Director, Mike Daniels, talking to audience.Image of Planning Director, Mike Daniels, pointing to map, explaining potential projects to audience.