Department of Community Affairs, Division of Housing and Community Development  

  • Division of Housing and Community Development

    Florida Small Cities Community Development

    Block Grant Program – Notice of Funding Availability

    The Department of Community Affairs, Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, announces the availability of $1,483,365 in emergency set-aside funding for disaster recovery projects related to the March 7, 2008 tornados. Eligible applicants are those communities affected by the March 7, 2008 tornados that currently participate in the Florida Small Cities CDBG Program. These communities include the City of Lake City and Columbia County.

    The emergency set-aside funding may be used for any CDBG eligible activity that is needed in order to recover from the effects of the March 7, 2008 tornados. The purpose of the funds is to fund eligible activities that address serious, urgent community needs that pose an immediate and direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of residents of low and moderate-income. The activities to be funded must be documented as being directly related to the disaster event covered in the Governor’s Executive Order Number 08-048. The amount of funds requested shall be limited to that amount necessary to address the emergency need only.

    The funding must benefit low and moderate-income persons. Eligible communities that are interested in receiving funding must provide a statement of intent to apply for the funds. The statement can be transmitted to the Department by Fax (850)922-5609 or by regular mail. An application for assistance will be forwarded to the eligible communities and must be completed and returned to the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT), April 14, 2008:

    The requested information must be submitted to:

                    Florida Small Cities CDBG Program

                    Department of Community Affairs

                    2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard

                    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100

    Federal and State requirements, including 24 CFR Part 570, Subpart I, and Rule Chapter 9B-43, Florida Administrative Code, related to the regular Florida Small Cities CDBG Program must be met. Local governments are encouraged to contact the Department if planning or administrative support is needed.

    Please contact Gail Stafford, Interim Administrator of the Florida Small Cities CDBG Program, at (850)487-3644 or if you have questions or need additional information.

    Any person requiring a special accommodation due to a disability or physical impairment should contact: Ms. Pat Harvey, Department of Community Affairs, (850)487-3644, at least seven days prior to the application deadline to request the accommodation. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Department of Community Affairs using the Florida Dual Party Relay System, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD).

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