Community Development Block Grant

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St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program – St. Johns County is committed to supporting local businesses that have suffered economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to assist our local businesses with employee retention and recovery efforts, St. Johns County is now offering the St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program. The program offers up to $10,000 in grant funding for eligible businesses to assist with expenses related to rent or mortgage, utilities, and payroll. The program application will be available on the Small Business Recovery Program website beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. For more information on the St. Johns County Back to Business Grant Program and eligibility requirements, please email or call 904.209.1278.

Update on 2020-2021 Applications & Funding – Issued April 29, 2020.

Small Business Recovery Program – A CDBG-Funded Small Business Recovery Program has been proposed to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The program would provide funding to local businesses for capital expenses such as rent and payroll. Creating this new program involves amendments to the Citizen Participation Plan, 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan, and 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan. Small Business Recovery Program Public Notice

2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan Proposed Substantial Amendments – The County proposes to use CDBG-CV funds, as well as 2019 and 2020 CDBG funds, to establish a CDBG-funded Small Business Recovery Program. To receive CDBG-CV funds, the County must make a substantial amendment to the 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and the 2019-2020 Action Plan; these amendments are also necessary to repurpose 2019 funds from other projects and add those funds to the CDBG-funded Small Business Recovery Program. Proposed Substantial Amendments

2020 CDBG Application and Evaluation Meeting Postponed – St. Johns County announces that the CDBG program reserves the right to use waivers afforded by HUD to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The due date of the 2020 CDBG Application and Evaluation Meeting have been postponed to May 1 and May 15, respectively. CDBG Application and Evaluation Meeting Postponement Public Notice

2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
St. Johns County anticipates receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the 2020-2021 Federal Fiscal Year. 2020 CDBG Public Notice

  • Survey – The first step in planning for this new year of funding is inviting citizens to provide their input on the housing and community development needs of the County. Please take a moment to share your opinions and fill out our 2020 Community Survey (Fillable PDF).
  • CDBG Application – Through the application process, the County makes CDBG funds available to eligible community organizations. The 2020 Application is now available. Completed applications are due on May 1, 2020. 2020 CDBG Application & Instructions
  • Community Meetings – Several meetings are planned in locations across the County, for the purpose of providing information about the CDBG program and learning about the needs of local communities. At these meetings, the Community Survey and CDBG applications will be available. 2020 Community Meeting Schedule

For additional information, please contact, (904) 827-6897.

Community Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States. St Johns County, in cooperation with the City of St Augustine Beach, met the population requirement in 2015 to be considered an Entitlement Community by HUD. The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

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