The City of Fort Smith will receive Community Development Block Grant COVID 19 (CDBG-CV1) funding through the CARES Act from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support critical community services during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The City of Fort Smith is requesting proposals / applications from eligible non-profit organizations and quasi-government agencies, that provide critical services that can prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus with public services activities or any other eligible CDBG activity (24 CFR 570.201) which meet the HUD National Objectives for community development needs; such as Urgent Need (24 CFR 570.208(c)) to support Low-to-Moderate Income persons/families residing within the city limits of Fort Smith. Please review the COVID-19 Fort Smith Vulnerability Maps and the Assessment of Needs Survey located in the Library.
Any agency planning to complete a proposal / application must attend the Zoom Workshop online, register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrceyhpjkrGdLAUFI6VkOJENv1w5CcUZK- Complete as much of the application as you can before the workshop. Any questions you may have can be answered at that time.
Only projects that meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) criteria for COVID-19 CDBG-CV1 funding and meet the priorities outlined by the HUD Guidelines will be awarded funds through this Request for Proposals/Application process. The organization / agency and any beneficiary must sign a certification that the activity is not a duplication of benefits.
Participating non-profit agencies and quasi-government agencies may submit proposal(s) / application(s) for projects serving residents of the City of Fort Smith impacted by the government restrictions to prevent or lessen the spread of the coronavirus, in turn, reducing the economic impact. Please be aware that agencies / organizations must fill out one (1) application per activity/project for which you are requesting funds. The City will consider multiple requests from agencies, but may not fund all requests. The amount of one-time CDBG-CV1 funds for COVID-19 relief are limited. The City may also allocate additional CDBG-CV funds should they become available through this request for proposals.
Project(s) evaluation criteria will include the following: experience and capacity, objective and outcomes, readiness of the project, proposed impact and potential for completing the project expeditiously. Only projects that meet the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) criteria for CDBG-CV funding will be awarded funds through this application process.
Experience and Capacity
Impact / Outcomes
Budget / Timeliness
Funding commitments and the execution of agreements / contracts are subject to City of Fort Smith’s receipt of CDBG-CV1 grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
HUD is expected to issue further guidance regarding use of CARES Act grant funds in the coming weeks. HUD regulations governing the standard annual CDBG allocations of funds will be applicable to the CARES Act funds unless specifically referenced as an exception under the City’s grant agreement with HUD.
Be aware that all applications can be viewed by the public with a "Read Only" link.