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Community Services Block Grant Community Economic Development Public Markets

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, Office of Administration
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Applications Due:

Sep 17, 2004
Received By

total funding: $1,000,000
max award: $1,000,000
min award: $0
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: 6
type of funding: Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act of 1981, as amended, (Section 680 of the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998), authorizes the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make grants to provide technical and financial assistance for economic development activities designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families by creating employment and business development opportunities. Pursuant to this announcement, the Office of community Services (OCS) will award grants to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) to expand or create public markets. CDCs should ideally have in place written commitments for at least 50 percent of non-CED funding, a business plan, and site control for the market. Low income beneficiaries of these projects include those who are determined to be living in poverty as determined by the HHS Guidelines on Poverty (See Appendix A). They may be unemployed, on public assistance, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are at risk teenagers, custodial and non-custodial parents, public housing residents, persons with disabilities and persons who are homeless. The public markets priority area is designed to encourage rural and urban community development corporations to create projects intended to provide employment and business development opportunities for low-income people through public markets. Applicants must address development or expansion of a market both from the perspective of the business of operating a public market and of providing development services to vendors, who will be micro entrepreneurs or small business owners. Development services to vendors include training on business planning, marketing, accounting, legal issues including licensure, micro-loans, etc. New, start-up markets seeking capital funding from OCS must have their business and work plans in place or close to finalization, have at least 50 percent non-CED funding in place, and have site control. The establishment of viable public markets is the expected outcome of funding under this announcement. These public markets must demonstrate benefits for vendors and their employees. This includes the number of new businesses created or expanded and the numbers of jobs created. Public market benefits are also expected to impact the communities and CDCs must develop measures to demonstrate this impact. Communities served include low income communities and communities undergoing demographic shifts; i.e., there may be appropriate cases where public markets are in or proximate to a distressed community, but in a location where customer draw can be more diverse and thus make the market more likely to be economically sustainable. In addition to an economic development capability, the public market may contain a non-profit community or public agency space for human services delivery, which might include faith-based and other organizations that provide education, training, and resources for developing healthy lifestyles, relationships, marriages, and families. Other community services to be provided might include general medical testing (diabetes, blood pressure, etc.) and referrals for child care, nutrition services, and counseling. By improving the economic and social status of low income individuals and their families, Public Markets can reduce poverty and the need for TANF assistance by giving a sense of ownership over one's life. This fosters a liberating internal sense of fulfillment and balance, which nourishes positive and constructive attitudes, behaviors, and moral character traits that build and stabilize healthy relationships, marriages, families, and communities.

Who can apply:

Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Community Services Block Grant_Discretionary Awards

More Information:


If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: Debbie Brown

Address Info:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

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