The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) today announced its issuance of a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for neighborhood development projects to be funded in the second or third quarter 2014. OED is soliciting proposals in two areas: the Public Facilities and Improvements Program and the Neighborhood Improvement Program.
The Public Facilities and Improvements (PF&I) Program provides performance-based loans to nonprofit agencies providing a public service to Denver residents. A “public facility” may be owned and operated by a nonprofit (e.g., senior centers, neighborhood centers) as long as it is open to the general public. Funds must be used for improvements to the agency’s building premises and can be used for acquisition. This program has assisted local nonprofit agencies to replace or refurbish lobbies, office areas and kitchens; to improve exteriors; and to install handicapped-accessible restrooms, ramps, entrances or other such improvements. Funds cannot be used to operate or maintain public facilities/improvements, and deferred maintenance project requests are ineligible (such as roof replacement).
For the PF&I category, OED is only accepting applications from organizations that provide services to Denver residents in the following areas:
- Youth or children’s programming
- Homeless or at-risk populations
- Healthy food access
The Neighborhood Improvement Program funds improvements that will beautify and enhance the safety of the neighborhood and community at large. The program aims to leverage resources to address neighborhood issues such as block beautification, parks and playgrounds, community centers, and the elimination of blighting conditions. Public improvements include streets, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds and aesthetic amenities on public property (trees, sculptures, etc.).
Projects must be ready to be implemented in the second or third quarter of 2014. Selected projects and activities are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant program.
The deadline to submit funding applications is midnight Monday, March 17, 2014. Additional information and the online application form are available at: http://app.wizehive.com/apps/nofa2014pfi. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.