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Subject 110-6-1 LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FUND GRANTS

Rule 110-6-1-.01 Purpose

The purpose of the Local Development Fund Grant Program is to provide eligible applicants with limited state financial assistance to meet important local community development or improvement needs without supplanting other major sources of assistance. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 50-8-8, the Local Development Fund shall be administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Rule 110-6-1-.02 Definitions

(1) Commissioner means the Commissioner of Community Affairs.
(2) Department means the Department of Community Affairs.
(3) Eligible Applicant means any county, municipality, or consolidated government.
(4) In-kind means any non-cash item(s) or labor donated to the project.
(5) Deleted.
(6) Local Development Fund Grant means a grant provided to an eligible applicant for the purpose of assisting in the planning for and implementation of important local community development or improvement needs.

Rule 110-6-1-.03 Grant Competitions

(1) The Department shall hold two competition periods per year. The first competition shall be on the first working day of October and the second competition shall be on the first working day of April.
(2) Applications must be received by the Department no later than the first day of a competition.

Rule 110-6-1-.04 Allocation of Appropriated Grant Funds

Funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department for local development fund grants will be allocated at the beginning of the fiscal year among the two competitions as follows:

(a) Up to 60% of the appropriation shall be allocated during the first competition and;
(b) The balance of the appropriation shall be allocated during the second competition.

Rule 110-6-1-.05 Eligible and Ineligible Activities

(1) Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, downtown development, tourism and related marketing activities, public parking facilities, recreation improvements, community facilities, multi-county solid waste planning, public facilities that comprise the physical foundation of a community, historic preservation of governmental buildings, and activities implementing approved plans prepared in accordance with the Georgia Planning Act of 1989 or the Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act.
(2) Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to, basic government services such as general construction of or general improvements to, city halls, county courthouses and public safety facilities. The Local Development Fund cannot be used for administrative, overhead expenses or anything that would violate the gratuities clause of the State Constitution.

Rule 110-6-1-.06 Eligible Applicants

(1) An eligible applicant, as defined in 110-6-1-.02(3), may apply for Local Development Fund Grants. If more than one eligible applicant is party to the application then one of the eligible applicants must be designated as the lead agency, responsible for administering the grant if such grant is awarded.
(2) In order to be eligible to apply for and/or receive a Local Development Fund grant, an eligible applicant must be in compliance with the following:
(a) O.C.G.A. § 50-8-2(a)(18) as it related to a "qualified local government";
(b) The requirements of O.C.G.A. § 36-81-8;
(c) If applicable, be eligible to receive solid waste grants, loans and permits as outlined in the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act of 1990; and
(d) The requirements of O.C.G.A. Section 36-70-27.
(3) Eligible applicants must apply for the local development fund grant in a format and manner prescribed by the Department.
(4) Eligible applicants must apply for the Local Development Fund grant in a format and manner prescribed by the Department. Grant applications may be received by writing to the Department of Community Affairs at the following address:

Department of Community Affairs

ATTN: Local Development Fund

1200 Equitable Building

100 Peachtree Street

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Rule 110-6-1-.07 Grant Award Amounts and Matching Requirements

The maximum award for an individual local development fund grant will be $10,000. The maximum amount for an application submitted jointly by two or more eligible applicants or by a consolidated local government or a regional development center will be $20,000. Eligible applicants receiving a grant award will be required to provide a match no less than dollar for dollar of the grant amount. This matching requirement may be met through cash or in-kind contribution.

Rule 110-6-1-.08 Review of Grant Applications

Eligible applications received during a competition period will be reviewed by a grant review team to determine the merit of the application and whether such applicant shall receive local development funds. In determining whether an applicant shall receive a grant award, the grant review team will consider the following factors:

(a) The reasonableness of the budget and proposed timetable and a consideration of factors such as permits, ordinances, inter-jurisdictional cooperation, and other funding commitments (i.e., city, county, school, civic association, etc.).
(b) An assessment of the impact of the project on the applicant and community, its described need, and its plan or community strategy. Both positive and negative impacts will be assessed as well as short and long-term impacts.
(c) An assessment of the soundness of the strategy outlined in the application, including the degree of local commitment. In the case of joint applications, the extent to which all participating communities have committed resources to the project.
(d) Other information submitted by the applicant and deemed relevant by the Department.

Rule 110-6-1-.09 Awarding of Grant Funds

(1) Within 45 days of the close of a grant competition, the Department will select grant recipients based upon the review criteria outlined at 110-6-1-.08.
(2) Upon selection by the Department to receive a local development fund grant, the applicant will enter into a contract with the Department specifying the terms and conditions for the receipt of grant funds. At the time such contact is signed by the applicant and the Department, the Department will disburse grant funds to the applicant based on a predetermined payment schedule. Final payment of grant funds shall be contingent on the applicant fully satisfying the terms of the contract.

Rule 110-6-1-.10 Terminated