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CDBG Grant Writing & Administration Services – available at SCKEDD

April 7, 2017

SCKEDD has a long history of writing and administrating Community Development Block grants (CDBG) for member communities. For those unfamiliar, the CDBG Program is a federal grant program administrated through the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC) to Kansas cities and counties. Municipalities can apply for up to $500,000 through the CDBG program for varying projects (the max award is based on the category of application).

SCKEDD offers grant writing services to member counties, and administrates CDBG grants across the state. For the 2017 grant season, SCKEDD assisted the following communities in the South Central Kansas Economic Development District to obtain grants that were awarded in mid-January by KDOC:

  • City of Winfield (Cowley County) Housing Rehabilitation Award $300,000
  • City of Lyons (Rice County) Housing Rehabilitation Award $300,000
  • City of Wellington (Sumner County) Housing Rehabilitation Award $300,000

As we look at the next year, SCKEDD member communities should be thinking about the 2018 annual competitive round for Community Development Block Grants, which will be due in the summer of 2018. Housing rehabilitation grants require applicants to complete a Housing Assessment Tool, and getting started on this process early is extremely beneficial. Any community with less than 51% LMI population, according to the 2010 census, will need to challenge the HUD census data by surveying their community. Communities with infrastructure needs should be in the planning phase with engineers and architects. Writing a grant application is a time consuming process that requires a lot of project planning. Getting an early start on this process is a great way to ensure your community submits the best possible grant application.

It’s the time of year that we take a good look at our community needs and start planning for the future. If your community has any needs regarding Housing, Infrastructure, Demolition, Community Facilities or any other area of need, please feel free to contact Casey Tillman at 316-440-7334 to explore funding options for your city or county.