Hillsboro’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program distributes federal funds to states, counties, and urban cities to fulfill the following program goals, principally for the benefit of low-income and moderate-income persons:
- Decent housing
- A suitable living environment
- Eliminate slums and blight
- Expand economic opportunity
- Respond to an urgent need
The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, primarily for low and moderate-income persons, through decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunity.
Public Facility Request for Proposals for the 2020-2021 Program Year
The City of Hillsboro is seeking Public Facility proposals for the CDBG 2020-2021 program year for projects that may include:
- Facility improvements for persons with special needs
- For example: homeless, domestic violence shelters, nursing homes, youth centers, or group homes for the disabled
- Land or building acquisition for affordable housing or public facilities
- Energy efficiency improvements for nonprofit owned facilities
- Accessibility improvements for nonprofit owned facilities
Apply for the 2020-2021 Program Year
December 6, 2019
Deadline to Submit:
Friday, January 17, 2020 by 5 pm
City Manager's Office
Funded projects will begin approximately July 1, 2020 and must be completed by June 30, 2021.
- The minimum grant request for Public Facility applications is $50,000.
- The maximum grant request is $150,000.
- Projects with matching funds will score higher on application.
Depending on final CDBG allocation from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the maximum grant request amount is subject to change.
To be eligible for CDBG funding, the activity must meet one of the three national objectives of the program.
- Low-Income and Moderate-Income: At least 70% of a grant recipient’s funds must be used for activities that benefit low-income and moderate-income persons.
- Slum or Blight: The City of Hillsboro currently has no designated areas that meet a definition of a slum or blight. The elimination of specific conditions of blight or deterioration on a spot basis is permitted in order if the activity prevents the spread to adjacent properties or areas.
- Urgent Need: An activity must alleviate existing conditions that are a serious and immediate health or welfare threat to the community where other sources of funds are not available. This objective is rarely used.
Review the National Objectives and Eligibility document for more detailed information.
All proposals must also address one or more of the objective statements identified in Washington County's 2015 to 2019 Consolidated Plan. Review the Consolidated Plan's Objective Statements.
Friday, December 6, 2019
- Applications open Friday, December 6, 2019. Apply on ZoomGrants.
- The City of Hillsboro issues the Notice of Funding Availability.
Monday December 9 through Friday, December 13, 2019
Application and Information Sessions are available upon request for all agencies applying for funding. Application and Information Sessions are mandatory for all new CDBG applicants.
The sessions are an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions about:
- The CDBG program
- Evaluation criteria
- Local strategies
- Grantee requirements if awarded a grant
Application and Information Sessions are available by appointment only.
Email our Community Development Program Coordinator, Omar Martinez, to schedule an appointment or call 503-681-5209.
December 9 through January 10, 2019
Technical assistance and/or individual application conferences are available upon request.
Friday, January 17, 2020
- Application deadline.
- Applications must be received no later 5 pm.
Tuesday, May 5, 2019 (Tentative)
City of Hillsboro City Council approves funding Fiscal Year 2020 projects.
In order to apply, an agency or organization must demonstrate that it is:
- Organized as a 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) not-for-profit corporation, or
- A tax-exempt organization with letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service.
Organizations must also demonstrate:
- Experience and Capacity: Adequate management experience and financial capability in the organization to meet accounting standards and reporting requirements as set forth in federal regulations listed in the contract.
- Insurance Requirements:
- Commercial General Liability Insurance – required for all agencies that receive funding
- Professional Liability Insurance – required if services provided under the contract are by a licensed professional
- Automobile Insurance – required if driving is within the scope of services provided under the contract
- Worker’s Compensation Insurance – required for all agencies that receive funding
- State Prevailing Wages: All sub-recipients and contractors shall ensure compliance with Oregon prevailing wage laws in ORS 279C.800 et seq.
The City of Hillsboro will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:
- Experience managing federally-funded projects (CDBG preferred)
- Agency capacity – financial and staffing, references
- Washington County Consolidated Plan 2015-2020 priority, number served
- Benefit to Special Needs and Low-Income and Moderate-Income (LMI) Persons
- Project budget, leverage of other funds, partnerships with other agencies
- Activity management and completion within one year
The City of Hillsboro has been a part of a Joint Entitlement community with the Washington County Consortium in HUD's CDBG program since 2000. Since then, Hillsboro has received approximately $9.8 million in CDBG funding.
In 2018, the City of Hillsboro elected to become an Entitlement Community and created its own CDBG program.
In order to receive annual CDBG funding, the City must submit an Annual Action plan in support of the 2015-2020 Washington County Consolidated Plan under which the City operates. The City identifies in the Action Plan its goals for CDBG programs and it also serves as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate the City's performance in carrying out the identified goals.