On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Congress approved emergency funding to assist local governments and community residents to respond to economic and other impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act included supplemental allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) program funds for local governments, including the County of Bergen. These funds must be used to respond to the direct impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. "CDBG-CV funds must be used to prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus."
To fulfill the purposes of the CARES Act, the County of Bergen is inviting municipalities, county agencies, and nonprofit agencies to submit requests for CDBG-CV funds through this Request for Proposals (RFP).
A total of $5,562,321 in HUD grant funding is being made available to address the following County of Bergen CARES Act priorities for the following eligible activities:
- Public Facilities Improvements/Public Housing Modernization
- Public Service - NEW
- Public Service - Expanded Service (with documentation)
- Fair Housing Activities
Proposals addressing other activities or service types will not be eligible to receive funding under this RFP.
Funding commitments and the execution of contracts are subject to the the County of Bergen’s receipt of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
The following projects and costs are specifically not eligible under this RFP:
- Supplanting of funds for existing programs or activities (substitution of CARES Act funding for other funding);
- Improvements to government or public buildings
- Applications from for-profit entities;
- Anything that is listed as ineligible or unallowable in the applicable CDBG grant regulations.
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 County’s grant agreement.
Please refer to the Library for additional program rules, criteria and resources intended to assist you in completing your Application.