Does the activity principally benefit low and moderate income level persons?

Does the activity prevent or eliminate slums and blight?

Does the activity address an urgent need or problem in the community?

Does the applicant’s request meet at least one of the local objectives and priorities established in the Five Year Consolidated Plan?

Is this a duplication of services offered by another applicant?

Does the applicant have experience with CDBG/HOME/ ESG related activities and or subsequent experience with other grant programs and a proven record in providing similar activities within the city?

Does the applicant have financial capacity as indicated by audited financial statements and banking/credit references?

Does the applicant have the financial stability (not total dependence on CDBG/HOME/ ESG Funds) as indicated by funding sources and amounts over time?  Activity or service will not require on-going or continued CDBG/HOME/ ESG funding.

Does the applicant have the necessary trained or adequate staffing to deliver the proposed service or activity (number and qualifications)?

Does the applicant have the overall organizational strength, including such items as:

  • established record keeping methods
  • filing system
  • financial systems
  • existence of written procedure manuals for financial management and personnel

Has the applicant become too dependent on CDBG/HOME/ ESG CDBG funding through the continued seeking and/or receiving of CDBG/HOME/ ESG funds as a major funding source for the operation of the program?

Has the applicant specifically listed how funds will be used (line-item budget) and how the National Objective will be met?

How did, or will, the organization determine low and moderate income compliance?

Has the organization realistically estimated the number of low and moderate income level persons benefiting from their service or project?

Is a special clientele or minority group served?

Has the Public Service Organization detailed how CDBG or ESG essential services funding will provide a quantifiable increase in service or a new service, potential benefit and impact to the City and residents, especially LMI individuals and families?

Activities, services or projects that provide a higher level of potential benefit and impact to City residents are usually given higher consideration.