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City Grant Process: Consolidated Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Locations to Provide
Essential Services and Housing for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

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City of Plano

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02/28/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Texas nonprofit and government organizations in eligible locations for programs and services that benefit local residents. Interested applicants are required to attend an information session prior to applying. Funding is intended to provide affordable housing and essential services that improve the quality of life for low-and moderate income residents. Grants may be used for programs, permanent housing, site improvement, and public facility construction. Funds must serve the city of Plano.

The City of Plano makes funds available to nonprofit organizations to assist in providing housing and services to Plano residents consistent with the City’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan of Housing and Community Development Needs. 

The three sources of funding for the 2021 City of Plano grant process are described below:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): CDBG funds are available only to organizations that provide services to low-to-moderate income persons. (For low and moderate income limits, see Activities must benefit low and moderate income persons, or prevent or eliminate slums or glight.

HOME Investment Partnership Grants (HOME): HOME grants are federal grants restricted to organizations providing affordable housing to low-to-moderate income persons (see income limits of CDBG funding in aforementioned document).

Robert W. Buffington Community Services Grants (BCSG): BCSG funds were established to provide essential services to improve quality of life for Plano residents. BCSG funds programs that provide public service activities directly to Plano residents, with special consideration given to those agencies offering short-term, urgent economic assistance or care services, offering immediate relief of crisis impacting the physical and/or mental health of Plano residents. General categories for such assistance and care include food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical or crisis counseling care, or any other social services provided directly to individuals or households.

For eligible activities see:

The 2021 grant application process allows an organization to submit funding requests under one of the following specific grant types:

  • Program Support Application: Program support services are provided to the Plano community through a specific program that supports an organization’s mission. The request may include requests for funding of supplies and materials and/or staff payroll expenses relating directly to the program or activity for which funding is requested. The request also may include administrative expenses.
  • Permanent Housing, Site Improvement, or Public Facility Construction Application: 
  • Permanent Housing services provide the construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-to-moderate income Plano residents. The request may include funding of construction cost and/or property acquisition for new housing and repairs/rehabilitation of existing housing. Portions of the request also may include payroll expenses and/or other administrative expenses relating directly to the housing program for which funding is requested.
  • Site Improvement request should be used for facility improvements directly related to safety, accessibility and/or catastrophic events. It focuses on funding the repair, refurbishment, or relocation of an organization’s facility in which services are provided to Plano residents.
  • Public Facility Construction may be used to assist in costs associated with building a public facility. Portions of the request for projects may include payroll or administrative expenses directly relating to the repairs/refurbishments or construction. 

For further details on the above grant types and focuses, please see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186410

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program Support application requests may not exceed $100,000 or 25% of the program budget, whichever is less.

BCSG grants: The grant may not exceed 50% of the agency’s annual budget, and typically should not be more than 25%.

Term of Contract:

- Funding from CDBG should be available to organizations on October 1, 2021, and normally must be spent by September 30, 2022.
- Funding from HOME will be available to organizations on October 1, 2021. HOME funds are not intended for long-term projects. In general, an agency will have two years to complete the expenditure after the contract is signed.
- Funding from BCSG will be available on October 1, 2021, and must be spent by September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that submit a grant application to the City of Plano must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant must have attended one of two mandatory Grant Application Trainings
- Funds must benefit only Plano residents. While the program may serve a wider clientele, any funds granted through this process must benefit City of Plano residents exclusively. Site improvements must be for facilities located in Plano, but program support funds may be granted proportional to the Plano residents served through those funds.
- Organizations must operate in compliance with Federal and local government requirements.
- For a minimum of three years prior to the application deadline, organizations must be a tax exempt nonprofit or governmental organization and be in operation with an active board of directors in compliance with IRS Section 501(c)(3).
- Organizations previously funded by the City of Plano must have successfully fulfilled all prior contractual obligations or provide a written explanation outlining the reasons for noncompliance.
- Organizations must be in operation for a minimum of three years prior to the application deadline.
- Organizations must be willing and able to comply with City insurance requirements prior to signing a contract.

Funds may not be used for lobbying or religious activities, or to promote religious or sectarian beliefs.

Purchase of equipment is generally ineligible, including but not limited to, fixtures, motor vehicles, furnishings, or other personal property not an integral structural fixture. For more complete information on grant restrictions and requirements, see the CDBG and HOME Subrecipient Compliance Manual and BCSG Manual in the Library Tab of the application.

For further information on ineligible activities, see:
- Buffington grants:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions:
Attendance at one information session is mandatory for any agency wishing to submit an application for the 2021 grant year. Individuals arriving in the virtual wait room more than 10 minutes late to the meeting will be asked to attend the next available grant training workshop. If there is not another grant training workshop available, then the agency represented by the individual(s) arriving late will not be allowed to submit a 2021 Consolidated Grant Application. Both meetings will be held virtually via Zoom.

Information sessions will be held on:
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 2 pm - 4 pm
Register in advance for the January 26, 2021 meeting:
- Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 10 am - 12 pm
Register in advance for the January 27, 2021 meeting:

Pre-Application Information:

No applications will be accepted after 11:59 P.M., Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Applicants must have attended one of two mandatory Grant Application Trainings (see Pre-Proposal Conference above for details).

Each application must represent a funding request for only one program, project, or activity. Organizations wishing to request funds for multiple programs should submit an application for each program.

HOME grants: Funds provided to agencies must be matched at 25%.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online application, application preview, and further information about the grant program:

Lori Schwarz
Director, Neighborhood Services
Email Lori Schwarz

Shanette Eaden
Housing and Community Services Manager
Email Shanette Eaden

Community Services Division
777 E. 15th Street
Plano, TX 75074

Mailing Address:
Community Services Division
P.O. Box 860835
Plano, TX 75086-0358

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