Community Development Block Grant
The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides grants to cities, counties and states to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. St. Cloud began an entitlement city in 2019.
The City’s CDBG program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development:
- CDBG's flexibility empowers people and communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
- CDBG's emphasis on consolidated planning expands and strengthens partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector in enhancing community development.
- CDBG's technical assistance activities and set-aside for grantees builds the capacity of these partners.
City of St. Cloud Small Business Grant
The City is investing up to $328,100 through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to assist small businesses in the City with financial assistance for eligible economic development activity, including job creation and/or retention. The grants will help local businesses with working capital, rent and/or employee wages. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will remain open until the funds are exhausted. The maximum grant amount available to any one business is $30,000, and funds will go directly to the business. Eligible businesses must be located within the geographic boundaries of St. Cloud, licensed and registered in St. Cloud, and have no outstanding debts to the City. Applications and additional information can be accessed at the links below and submitted as a PDF with supporting documentation to CDBG@stcloudfl.gov or via mail.
What Can CDBG Funds Be Used For?
CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:
- Acquisition of real property
- Relocation and demolition
- Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
- Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
- Public services i.e., summer camps, within certain limits
- Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources.
- Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities i.e., technical, and financial assistance to microenterprises.
Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program:
(1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or
(2) elimination of slums or blight, or
(3) address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.
The CDBG Program encourages citizen participation by providing citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds.
Effective CDBG programs depend on local collaboration, innovative solution-based strategies with program recipients. Through community collaboration, we strive to meet the needs of the community with practical, tangible solutions.
Do I Qualify?
Are you a service provider in the City of St. Cloud with a program that:
- Benefits low/moderate income people?
- Prevents or eliminates slum and blight?
- Meets an urgent need?
- Addressed an issue directly resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic?
Your program may qualify for present and/or future funding opportunities under the CDBG program. For more information, please call 407-957-7138 or email CDBG@stcloudfl.gov
PUBLIC COMMENT REVIEW PERIOD & PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF ST. CLOUD
PY 2021 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE
AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER)
NOTICE is given that a draft of the PY 2021 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the City of St. Cloud will be available for a 15-day public review and comment period. A public hearing will also be held to review the CAPER.
The City of St. Cloud in an entitlement city receiving an annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The CAPER reports on accomplishments and expenditures for the City’s CDBG program as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funded activities are intended to help low- and moderate-income households in the City. The PY 2021 CAPER reports on the program activities from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: All interested citizens are encouraged to participate. The draft CAPER will be available to the public to review from November 17, 2023 to December 8, 2023 at the St. Cloud Community Development Department, 1300 9th Street, Bldg. A, St. Cloud, FL 34769 or downloaded from the City’s website here.
Written comments on the CAPER may be submitted using the address above or emailed to the CDBG Program Manager at CDBG@stcloudfl.gov.
PUBLIC HEARING: A public hearing will be held at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting on December 14, 2023 at 6:30 PM. City Council meetings are held at City Hall in Council Chambers located at 1300 9th Street, Bldg. A, 3rd level, St. Cloud, FL 34769.
ACCESSIBILITY: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Secretary/Clerk of the Committee/Board, Ivy Llauro, City Clerk at 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, Florida 34769 or (407) 957-7300 prior to the meeting. If language assistance is required, residents may contact Massiel Rivas, City of St. Cloud at (407) 957-7138 to make those arrangements.