EAST PROVIDENCE — The city is soliciting proposals for 2013 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for community development and housing needs and will hold a public hearing on the application Thursday evening.
The hearing will give residents the chance to offer input on which projects should be prioritized in the city's grant application, due in May. This year, the city is applying for $620,175 in grant funding, which will be available for programming during the fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2014.
At the City Council meeting tonight, East Providence Community Development Coordinator David Bachrach will provide a brief overview of the CDBG, give examples of projects that were funded in the past, and identify priorities for the coming year. Tonight’s council meeting takes place at 7:30 at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
East Providence City Manager Peter Graczykowski says high priorities for funding this year include activities that increase economic opportunities for East Providence residents and businesses, and that any funds recieved must further the goals of the city’s 2010-2015 consolidated plan, which outlines the five-year priorities that are specific to East Providence.
The state-administered CDBG program provides funds for a wide range of affordable housing, community redevelopment and commercial business assistance activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services. The 33-year-old federal grant program is administered by the state, which must ensure that at least 70 percent of its CDBG grant funds are used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons.