The City of Chicago receives grant funds from federal and state agencies, private foundations, and other entities that are designated for specific purposes and used to support ongoing City services, programs, and capital improvements. Grant funds are received at various time periods, and many grants awarded to the City are for multiple years.
The Office of Budget and Management (OBM) manages, monitors, and enforces the grants management process by working with City departments to ensure the City of Chicago is utilizing all available federal and state funding as well as meeting the compliance and reporting requirements. In addition, OBM executes the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) required consolidated planning process for four entitlement programs: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.
For additional information on Grant Revenue, please see the 2016 Budget Recommendations.
For general information on how we anticipate utilizing grant funds, please see the 2016 Grant Details Book. (Note: These are estimates, and must be approved by the funder.)
The following are the major community development grants received by the City and administered through the Office of Budget and Management (OBM):
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The City receives a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from HUD to serve the needs of low- and moderate-income people, families, and communities. CDBG is the largest annual federal grant to the City that addresses human service needs. OBM administers CDBG grant funds while departments manage the contracts executed between the City and not-for-profit "delegate agencies" throughout Chicago. The delegate agencies serve needs ranging from public health, housing and homelessness, to workforce training, seniors, the disabled and more. By partnering with delegate agencies, the City can provide effective services and support community based programs and solutions.
For additional information regarding CDBG, please see HUD’s website.
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)
The ESG program helps provide essential services for homeless individuals, including emergency shelter and intervention strategies for families at risk of becoming homeless. The ESG grant is administered by the Department of Family and Support Services.
For additional information regarding ESG, please see HUD’s website.
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
HOME provides funds to strengthen public-private partnerships and expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, affordable housing with primary attention to rental housing for very low- and low-income families. The HOME program is administered by the Department of Planning and Development.
For additional information regarding HOME, please see HUD’s website.
Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)
The HOPWA program provides resources and incentives to develop long and short-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of persons with HIV/AIDS. The HOPWA program is administered by the Chicago Department of Public Health for the eligible metropolitan area (EMA) of Chicago.
For additional information regarding HOPWA, please see HUD’s website.
HUD's consolidated planning process requires the preparation of a five-year Consolidated Housing, Economic, and Community Development Plan (Consolidated Plan). This plan addresses how the City will provide affordable housing, expand economic opportunity, and serve low and moderate income populations. The City's current Consolidated Plan covers fiscal years 2015-2019.
For the current Consolidated Plan and prior year action plan, please visit the links below:
In addition, the City is required to prepare an annual funding strategy, known as the "Action Plan," that details how the entitlement grants will be utilized. The 2016 Draft Action Plan is available at:
At the end of the year, the City is required to submit to HUD the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) that summarizes the City's progress in achieving the goals set forth in the Consolidated and Action plans.
In connection with preparing the Consolidated Plan and the Action Plan, OBM engages in strategic planning, resource allocation, and budgeting for City departments that receive and administer HUD entitlement funds. OBM works with local community organizations, leaders, and residents to identify funding priorities and to determine how to effectively appropriate the grant dollars across the City.
Community Development Advisory Council (CDAC) serves in an advisory capacity to OBM on policy and administrative matters related to federal entitlement funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.
CDAC members are appointed by the Mayor and comprised of City residents who represent some of the following areas of interest and expertise: affordable housing; homelessness; disability services; neighborhood revitalization; social services; fair housing; public finance, accounting and auditing; economic development and non-profit management. CDAC membership will be no less than 15 and no greater than 23 members. In addition, CDAC must have representation by members, or a minimum of 20% of the total membership, who are persons of low- and moderate-income groups and/or minority groups. As CDAC is a working advisory council, members are expected to commit to quarterly meetings and active participation in sub-committees.
CDAC makes recommendations to the City's Budget Director regarding development, implementation, and evaluation of programs covered under the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan submitted to HUD for funding consideration and the Comprehensive Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). CDAC's duties include:
CDAC Orientation Meeting: May 21, 2015, 3:00pm - City Hall, Room 1103, 121 N LaSalle Street
Full CDAC Meeting: June 23, 2015, 3:00pm - City Hall, Room 1103, 121 N LaSalle Street
Full CDAC Meeting: October 13, 2015 2:30pm - City Hall, Room 1103, 121 N LaSalle Street
Full CDAC Meeting: December 8, 2015 3:00pm - City Hall Room 1103, 121 N LaSalle Street
Information pertaining to the City's CDBG-DR funding has been moved to the link above.
In applying to HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition, the City of Chicago is laying the groundwork to develop broad resiliency strategies. To become more resilient the City is building bridges that will better connect our infrastructure and environment, residents and opportunities, and government resources.
In partnership with the Department of Law and the Department of Finance - Grant and Project Accounting Division, OBM manages the City's sub-recipient selection process for grant-funded programs.
For specific questions regarding these funding opportunities, please contact the City department issuing the Request for Proposals.
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