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The Public Gathering Spaces Initiative will award Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to eligible Units of General Local Government (UGLG) between $200,000 and $1,000,000. Eligible UGLGs will be required to provide a minimum of a 10% financial match based on the project’s total cost.
The Public Gathering Spaces Initiative funds improvements intended to increase usability, accessibility, and seasonality within new or existing community spaces on publicly owned property. By supporting the creation or expansion of public gathering spaces in low-and-moderate income (LMI) communities throughout Michigan, the Public Gathering Spaces Initiative will create and enhance recreational places that will allow residents to gather, relax, celebrate, and commemorate. The Public Gathering Spaces Initiative funds projects including, but not limited to, parks, town squares, playgrounds, amphitheaters, and farmer's markets.
Information will be announced in January 2022 regarding when applications will be available. Please stay tuned.
Eligible applicants for the Community Development Block Grant Public Gathering Spaces Initiative will include non-entitlement small cities, townships, and villages with a population of less than 50,000 that are listed on the CDBG Low/Mod Income Community Customers and Project Areas list.
Eligible Applicants need to meet the Low-And-Moderate Income Area Benefit national objective, meaning that projects must demonstrate that the project benefits all residents within the LMI community. This benefit is also known as LMI Area Benefit (LMA) Projects. For more information regarding LMI Area Benefit Projects, please reference the Community Development Block Grant Funding Guide.
The first section of the application will ask questions to determine an applicant’s eligibility to participate in the program. The second section will ask narrative questions and may require document submissions that will be used to score applications. The last section will ask applicants to certify their application for submission.
Required Materials for Application Submission:
Please review the materials below and stay tuned for more information to be announced.
How will MEDC be evaluating applications?
Applications will be evaluated and scored on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
Additional factors that may be considered include – but are not limited to – the total amount of funding requested by the applicant is consistent with the program guidelines, the application is consistent with the program guide, the project location is in a geographically disadvantaged area as defined by either a State Opportunity Zone or State HUBZone, the project demonstrates a high level of local financial support, the community’s status within the Redevelopment Ready Communities or Michigan Main Street program, the total square footage being activated, and any other factors deemed relevant by the MEDC.
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