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Open Grants

The City of Denton is pleased to provide a notice of funding availability for Housing Crisis Response System Grants, the Street Outreach Grant, and the Rapid Re-Housing Grant. Applications are now available for the 2020-2021 Program Year.

  • Street Outreach Grant
    The $64,600 annual Street Outreach Grant seeks to improve outcomes related to moving people from unsheltered to sheltered and permanent housing. The grant is to fund mental/behavioral health case management for individuals experiencing homelessness or living unsheltered, who also have a mental/behavioral health care need. Using a multidisciplinary outreach team approach, specifically increasing mental/behavioral health support, has been found to improve housing outcomes and stability. Specifically, having a dedicated mental/behavioral health resource attached to the Street Outreach Team would increase the frequency of outreach visits and provide a person available for on-call outreach as needed. Focused, consistent case management (from outreach engagement, to housing transition, to housing maintenance) would lead to improved outcomes for this population. The grant could be used for staffing and/or services. Grant applicants are encouraged to propose a project and detail how it could meet the needs for Street Outreach in Denton. To be considered eligible for the Street Outreach Grant, applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:
     
    1. Agency must be a 501(c)3 in operation for more than two years and must be providing services to people/households experiencing homelessness.
    2. Agency must have staff that have training, experience and/or certification in mental and/or behavioral health case management that meets credentials of a Qualified Mental Health Professional - Community Services per Texas Administrative Code 412.303.
    3. Agency must be currently using HMIS and actively participating in Denton’s Coordinated Entry process including participating in Monthly Case Conferencing. 
     
    APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 BY 11:59PM.
     
  • Rapid Re-Housing Grant
    The $100,000 Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) is a permanent housing solution that provides housing relocation and stabilization services and housing assistance as necessary to help an individual or family experiencing homelessness move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing. Local housing assistance providers, shelters, and homeless supportive service providers interested in providing RRH permanent housing assistance are encouraged to apply. To be considered eligible for the Rapid Re-Housing Grant, applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:
     
    1. Agency must be a 501(c)3 in operation for more than two years and must be providing services to people/households experiencing homelessness.
    2. Agency must be providing housing assistance, emergency shelter, or supportive services to persons/households experiencing literal homelessness as defined by 42 U.S. Code § 11302.
    3. Agency must be currently using HMIS and actively participating in Denton’s Coordinated Entry process including participating in Monthly Case Conferencing. 
     
    APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 BY 11:59PM.
     

 

Federal and State Grants

The City of Denton uses the following federal and state grants to provide to City Departments, Non-profit agencies, and developers to assist low to moderate-income households and improve neighborhoods:

  • Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
    HOME funds provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to low and moderate-income households while alleviating the problems of excessive rent burdens, homelessness, and deteriorating housing stock. HOME funds can fund a broad range of activities, including new construction, rehabilitation/reconstruction, assistance to homebuyers, and tenant-based rental assistance. Eligible entities include Community Housing Development Organizations, developers, owners, and sponsors. This program requires matching funds.
     
    During the 2020-21 funding year, the Community Development Advisory Committee recommended funding for a total of $641,015 in HOME funds to a variety of housing projects.  
     
    A combined funding application will be available for local non-profit agencies interested in applying for programs or projects that will help residents with housing in November 2020.
     
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
    CDBG funds are available to provide decent housing and a suitable living environment. Each CDBG project must meet one of three National Objectives - benefit low and moderate-income persons; aid in prevention or elimination of slum or blight or meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious immediate threat to health or welfare of the community and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds can fund a broad range of activities including aacquisition, public facilities and Improvements, demolition and clearance, housing programs, code enforcement, and removal of architectural barriers.
     
    During the 2020-21 funding year, the Community Development Advisory Committee recommended funding for a total of $667,899 in CDBG funds to a variety of projects
     
    A combined funding application will be available for local non-profit agencies and City Departments interested in applying for programs or projects that will help residents with housing and public improvements in November 2020.
     
  • Housing Tax Credit Application (HTC)
    The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) administers the Housing Tax Credit (HTC) programs for Texas. TDHCA requires that a City Council issue a Resolution of Support (9% tax credit applications) or a Resolution of No Objection (4% bond applications) for the applications to be eligible for tax credits or bond financing through the state. The City of Denton City Council evaluates the criteria listed in the HTC Policy to decide whether to issue a Resolution in Support, Resolution of Non-Objection, or a Resolution of Opposition for a proposed development.
     
    Developers seeking consideration by the City of Denton for either a Resolution of Support or a Resolution of No Objection, for an HTC from TDHCA will need to review the HTC Policy and submit a request for support using the HTC Application.
     
    Based on annual deadline from TDHCA, specific dates are subject to change. The City of Denton HTC application deadlines will be available in the last month of the year. Below is the 2021 workflow for the 9% Competitive Program:
     
    • Application Due to City - 01/10/21
    • Application Review Meeting with City Staff - Week of 01/13/21
    • Presentation to City Council - 02/04/21
    • City Council Consideration of Resolution - 02/11/21
     
    Contact Development Services for questions about the planning requirements for Multi-Family Development in the City of Denton at (940) 349-8541.
     
  • Development Fee Grant Program (DFGP)
    The purpose of the Development Fee Grant Program (DFGP) is to assist with the development and preservation of affordable housing and with the delivery of supportive services that are essential to the quality of life and to building communities that support community diversity and stability.
     
    Both affordable housing and non-profit facility projects are eligible for the Development Fee Grant Program. 
     
    The DFGP, provided as a reimbursement grant, will assist eligible organizations and projects with building permits and utility fees, including road, water, and wastewater impact fees.
     
    Non-Profits seeking assistance from the Development Fee Grant Program will need to review the DFGP Guidelines and submit a request for support using the DFGP Application.
     
  • Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV)
    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) made available $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (CDBG-CV). Additionally, the CARES Act provides CDBG grantees with flexibilities that make it easier to use CDBG-CV grants and authorized HUD to grant waivers and alternative requirements.
     
    HUD announced in April 2020 that the City of Denton’s allocation for CDBG-CV would be $618,736. Additional information to come on the use of the CDBG-CV funds in Denton.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant – Coronavirus (ESG-CV)
    On May 25, 2020, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, through the Continuum of Care, released the Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus (ESG-CV) application for agencies. ESG-CV funds intends to serve people experiencing homelessness and at risk of homelessness impacted by the coronavirus through street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention. Non-profit agencies may also apply for funding for the Homeless Management Information System, which is a requirement to use the funding for administering the grant by the non-profits.
     
    The City applied to the Continuum of Care ESG-CV program funds. Based on the application requirements, the City of Denton intends to procure and contract with local social service agencies to provide available services through the ESG-CV Program. The City of Denton applied for $1.425 million in ESG-CV funds in May 2020.
     
    Additional information will be provided at a later time on the procurement process if funding is approved.
     
  • Human Services Grant
    The City of Denton utilizes the Federal Community Development Block Grant to improve the quality of housing and neighborhoods through grants and housing assistance programs. Community Development also administers grant programs awarded through other City departments including the Police Department’s Fair Share Fund and the Denton Municipal Electric P-L-U-S One Utility Assistance Program.

    HUMAN SERVICES GRANT
    The Human Services Grant provides funds to community human services programs serving low to moderate-income City of Denton residents. The grant utilizes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and General Revenue Funds awarded to local nonprofit agencies. Services funding generally include reduced cost childcare, adult care, family services, youth services, homelessness assistance/prevention, utilities assistance, and others as needed.

    A new application will be available for local nonprofit agencies interested in applying for the Human Services Grant in November 2020.
     

    To learn more about programs currently funded, visit Social Services.

    If you would like to apply, have questions or need additional information, please contact Anja Taylor, Grants Program Coordinator, at Anja.Taylor@cityofdenton.com or (940) 349-7322.



Non-profit agencies, City Departments, and Developers that would like to apply, have questions, or need additional information, please contact Community Development at Community.Development@cityofdenton.com or at (940) 349-7726.