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Federal Grants

In 2017 the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council voted to transfer administrative oversight of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s community development program funds from the Mayor’s Office of Community Development (OCD) to Build Baton Rouge. Build Baton Rouge oversees the administration of four community development grants, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Services Grants (ESG). Build Baton Rouge’s oversight role ensures the alignment of Baton Rouge’s redevelopment planning and its deployment of federal community services funds.

How to Apply for Federal Grants

Every year Build Baton Rouge makes an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its annual allocation of the program funds the City-Parish is entitled to receive. This process is known by HUD as the Action Plan process. The development of the annual Action Plan involves public notices, community meetings, an application for prospective grantees, a review and scoring system, and a submission to HUD of a proposed list of grantees. These grantees are only awarded funding for the next fiscal year upon HUD’s approval of the Action Plan.

On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Through the Act Baton Rouge will receive $3.2 million in HUD funding to expand the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs. For more information on these programs, including the application and other qualification information, please see the documents attached here:

CARES Act Notice of Funding Availability – April 20, 2020

CARES Act Notice of Funding Availability – Spanish/Espanol – April 20, 2020

EBR Citizen Participation Plan Updated April 2020

EBR Cares Act Application May 4, 2020

Technical Assistance for EBR Cares Grant Application May 4, 2020

Public Notice to Amend Consolidated Plan

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Community Improvement Projects

In 2019 Build Baton Rouge utilized HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to award five community development organizations funding to advance community improvement projects in our targeted areas for redevelopment. Awardees received $22,000 in project funds and are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $5,000 for administrative costs related to the delivery of the community improvement project. The targeted areas and awardees included: 

  1. Scotlandville – Scotlandville Community Development Corporation
  2. Melrose East – Melrose East Community Association/Red Stick Arts
  3. Old South Baton Rouge – South Baton Rouge Civic Association
  4. Glen Oaks/Zion City – Baton Rouge, Zion City, and Glen Oaks Community Development Corporation
  5. Northdale/Choctaw – Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and The Walls Project (joint award)

Single Family Homeowner Occupied Repair

Build Baton Rouge administers the City-Parish’s Single Family Homeowner Occupied Repair program funded through HUD CDBG funding. Through the program qualifying low-income homeowners can apply for specific repairs to their primary residence. The program is currently serving past applicants and is not accepting new applications at this time. If you would like to be notified of the next application round, please email info@buildbatonrouge.org to be added to our mailing list.

Roof Reset

As part of the Single Family Homeowner Occupied Repair program, Build Baton Rouge launched the Roof Reset program to address the need for roofing system repairs in East Baton Rouge Parish. The program allows qualifying low-income homeowners the ability to apply for roof repairs or replacements for their primary residence. The program launched in May 2019 and has received over 500 applications. The program is not currently accepting new applications. If you would like to be notified of the next application round, please email info@buildbatonrouge.org to be added to our mailing list. 

Action Plan Year

The draft plan may be accessed at:
https://www.brla.gov/863/Plans-Reports