Missouri CDBG

Mary Rajek
Missouri Department of Economic Development 
[email protected]
573-751-3600

General CBDG
Answers below are based on FY2020 cycle.  Guidelines are in the process of being updated for the FY2021 cycle.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES: (a) Community facilities are senior centers, technical education facilities, training facilities, day care centers, community centers, sheltered workshops, recycling facilities, youth centers, 911, rural health clinics (facilities without dedicated state funding), telecommunications, shared spaces for the purposes of business development, group homes, transitional housing, special needs housing, and all eligible activities designed to provide a service or group of services from one central location for a prescribed area of residents or users. This may include the infrastructure necessary to support the facility, as well.   (b) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – This application category also includes those activities that assist with gaining compliance with the ADA law that include: elevators, chair lifts, and large renovation to existing restrooms.

WORKFORCE TRAINING INITIATIVE: Eligible capital improvement costs may include acquisition, new building construction, rehabilitation of existing properties, and related soft costs such as; appraisal closing costs; engineering and architectural costs; inspections; and permitting. “Programming” funding such as fixed equipment costs (simulators, welders, etc.) may also be eligible.

DEMOLITION: Allows cities and counties to use CDBG funds with local matching funds and private matching funds to eliminate abandoned blighted structures, primarily residential. Owners of residential structures are required to commit to at least $500 of the demolition cost of their structure as match. Owners of commercial structures are required to commit 20% of the demolition cost of their structure as match.

GENERAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Include, but are not limited to, bridge, street, drainage, broadband, and activities not addressed with an existing CDBG funding category. The projects must be CDBG-eligible publicly owned infrastructure activities and meet a CDBG national objective. This category allows the applicant to recognize and solve an infrastructure need particular to the community.

DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: Public infrastructure and improvements that will significantly contribute to the revitalization or redevelopment of the downtown. These improvements may include, but are not limited to, water, sewer, electric, gas, sidewalks, curb cuts, street paving, parking, lighting, etc. 

WATER & WASTEWATER: Construction related to water treatment and distribution, and sewer treatment and collection for publicly owned systems.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: (a) Economic Development Industrial Infrastructure – Grants for the improvement of public infrastructure, which cause the creation or retention of full-time permanent employment by a private company(s) benefiting from the infrastructure. (b) Missouri Rural Economic Opportunities Infrastructure Grant – Grants for public infrastructure (including facilities if the facility is either publicly or nonprofit owned) for projects intending to facilitate significant transformation of the local economy and the creation or retention of full time permanent employment by a private company benefiting from the infrastructure.  The use of CDBG funds is generally limited to publicly owned infrastructure. However, privately owned infrastructure may be addressed with CDBG funding when 1) regulated as a public utility, 2) is a unique circumstance when private funding is unavailable to address the infrastructure, and 3) the project will result in high impact to the local economy in terms of job creation and private investment. (c) Action Fund – Loans, equity investments, or other type investments may be made to a private company for buildings, equipment, working capital, land, and other facilities or improvements in order to cause a project to occur which will result in the creation or retention of full-time permanent employment. Selection shall be determined by the need for assistance through a financial analysis of the company, and the documentation of the public benefit to be derived from the project.  (d) Interim Financing (Float) – Loans by grantee to a company for buildings, equipment, working capital, land, and other facilities or improvement where appropriate, in order to cause the creation or retention of a full-time employment. Basis of selection shall be the economic impact of the project and the amount of funds necessary to cause the project to occur.  (e) Revolving loan fund/Micro-enterprise:  Loans by a grantee (or multiple grantees) to a business with less than five existing employees (including owners) for up to $25,000 per business, or 70% of the project cost, whichever is lower. Funds may be used for machinery and equipment, working capital, land, and buildings. Loans to more than one company may be included in one grant to a city or county. At least one full-time equivalent job must be created or retained for each $15,000 in loan proceeds with 51% or more to be low and moderate-income persons.  Revolving loan fund for redevelopment purposes may be considered as well, if the proposed revolving loan fund is part of a defined redevelopment effort. (f) Job Training:  A grantee may request funds to subcontract with a qualified non-profit or public entity to provide job training to persons who will be or are presently employed by a company (for profit or nonprofit). The funds would be used only for instructors, materials, or related training aids and expenses thereof.

CDBG-CV

COMMUNITY FACILITIES: Community facilities are senior centers, technical education facilities, training facilities, day care centers, community centers, sheltered workshops, recycling facilities, youth centers, 911, rural health clinics (facilities without dedicated state funding), telecommunications, shared spaces for the purposes of business development, group homes, transitional housing, special needs housing, and all eligible activities designed to provide a service or group of services from one central location for a prescribed area of residents or users. Applications may include the infrastructure necessary to support the facility, in addition to the facility itself.

GENERAL INFRASTRUCTURE: These projects may include, but are not limited to, bridge, street, drainage, broadband, and activities not addressed with an existing CDBG-CV funding category. The projects must be CDBG-CV eligible publicly owned infrastructure activities and meet a CDBG-CV national objective.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: (a) Economic Development Industrial Infrastructure:  Grants for the improvement of public infrastructure, which prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19, and cause the creation or retention of full-time permanent employment by a private company(s) benefiting from the infrastructure. CDBG-CV funding is limited to $85,000 per job to be created, and a maximum grant of $2 million for existing companies.

(b) Missouri Rural Economic Opportunities Infrastructure: Grants for public infrastructure (including facilities if the facility is either publicly or nonprofit owned) for projects intending to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19, facilitate significant transformation of the local economy and the creation or retention of full time permanent employment by a private company benefiting from the infrastructure. (c) Job Training:  A grantee may request funds to subcontract with a qualified non-profit or public entity to provide job training to persons who will be or are presently employed by a company (for profit or nonprofit) as part of prevention, preparation for, or response to COVID-19. The funds would be used only for instructors, materials, or related training aids and expenses thereof. At least 51% of the new jobs created and/or retained must be filled by LMI persons, and the uses comply with the public benefit standards outlined above. (d) Industry Hardship Program: A Subgrantee may establish an Industry Hardship Grant Program, and administer grants to “hardest-hit industries” to avoid job loss.  All funds must be used for eligible, unmet needs as part of prevention, preparation for, or response to COVID-19, and must meet National Objectives.  Hardest-hit industries are defined and measured by either local or regional industry unemployment rate, or documented industry hardship.  

DEMOLITION: Demolition program allows cities and counties to use CDBG-CV funds with local matching funds and private matching funds to eliminate abandoned blighted structures to facilitate the prevention of, preparation for, and response to COVID-19.

PLANNING: (a) Planning category is to provide communities the opportunity to solve problems and meet citizen needs through an integrated community planning process that will enable the community to effectively respond to future outbreaks of COVID-19. (b) Broadband Infrastructure Planning: A Subgrantee may establish a planning for the purpose of expanding broadband access to eligible beneficiaries as a means of preventing, preparing for, or responding to COVID-19.

PUBLIC SERVICES: Public Service projects will address unmet needs in the effort to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19 by providing needed public services to entitlement and non-entitlement areas of the State utilizing CDBG and possibly other local leveraged resources. Examples of Priority Activities for CDBG CV funds include: Providing testing, diagnosis or other services at a fixed or mobile location, carrying out job training to expand the pool of health care workers and technicians that are available to treat disease within a community, increasing the capacity and availability of targeted health services for infectious disease response within existing health facilities, providing equipment, supplies, and materials necessary to carry out a public service, delivering food to quarantined individuals or individuals who are high risk for contracting COVID-19.

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