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2011-12 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Orientation

The City of Phoenix, Neighborhood Services Department, Grants Administration team has announced the kick off of their 2011-12 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services and Public Facilities Request for Proposal process.

They are holding a RFP Orientation at the Burton Barr Library, 1221 North Central Avenue, on Monday October 18, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

At the orientation, city staff will be handing out applications, orientating potential applicants regarding their program focus, and answering any potential questions.

If you are unable to attend the orientation, applications will be available on the fourth floor of City Hall, 200 West Washington, beginning October 19th.

If you would like any further information regarding this orientation session, contact Barbara Bellamy at (602) 262-7845 or

City of Phoenix is hosting a Public Hearing on the 2011-2012 Annual Action Plan

The City of Phoenix is conducting a public meeting to gather comments and input in preparation of the 2011-2012 Annual Action Plan component of the Consolidated Plan.

Your help is needed to identify community needs and programs to address these needs through federally-funded programs. Examples of ongoing city programs include housing rehab, homelessness, small business assistance, blight elimination, neighborhood revitalization, infrastructure, child care, job training, senior services, infill housing, homeownership, fair housing, special needs services and supportive housing.

The 2011-2012 Annual Action Plan is the one year plan that is prepared to show the use of:

Come share your ideas on needs and programs


DATE: September 21, 2010

TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

PLACE: Phoenix City Hall, Assembly Room A, 200 West Washington, PhoenixAZ (map)

If you cannot attend the meeting, you are invited to call in your comments to our hotline at 602-256-3302 or via e:mail at For further information, please call Rachel Milne at (602) 262-7369.

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Community agencies urged to apply for grant to benefit Phoenix small businesses

[Source: City of Phoenix] — The City of Phoenix’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Economic Development Open Application Program is administered by the Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD).  The goal of the program is to provide funds to community agencies that, in turn, foster economic growth in Phoenix’s small business community by providing direct business assistance. CEDD issues this Request for Proposals (RFP) annually.

This is an ongoing process and CEDD will accept proposals for the 2008-2009 Economic Development Open Application Program now through June 30, 2009.  To be eligible for the first review, proposals must be received by 5 p.m., Friday September 26, 2008.  Subsequent review deadlines will be established as needed.

For questions, contact Lisa Gmeiner, Project Manager, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department, 602-534-6877, 200 W. Washington St., 20th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1611.

  Download the RFP in:

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  •   Download Affirmative Action Reporting Forms in:

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  • Downtown adaptive reuse receives accolades

    Christine Keith, Arizona Republic[Source: Eugene Scott, Arizona Republic] — In 1926, many Phoenicians were buying their daily bread from markets.  But a new J.B. Bayless grocery store was working on changing that.  Today, the owner of that downtown building hopes the structure at 825 N. Seventh St. once again becomes a leader in downtown Phoenix’s business community.  Joseph Lewis, owner of the 9,000-square-foot building, bought the building 20 years ago and has wanted to renovate it for years. Lewis was able to do the work after receiving the Neighborhood Revitalization Award from Phoenix.  “I knew it had beautiful bones, but it would take a lot of money to show it in the best light possible,” he said.

    Most of the doors and windows had been boarded up with one door allowing access into the historical structure. But in March 2007, that changed when the renovation began.  The $450,000 project lasted nearly a year. Lewis also received a Community Development Block Grant from the city for the project.  “I knew that historic buildings are a lot more expensive to restore than the typical mall-type,” he said.  “So there was a matching grant that we utilized to help pay for the façade renovation to kind of bring it back to its historic glory.”

    The Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department recently honored Lewis for his revitalizations of the building.  Ten local businesses were honored part of national Community Development Week.  There is now room for two businesses in the building, although one side is a dollar store, the other half remains empty and Lewis has high hopes for it.  “One half of it is for lease and I’m getting calls for restaurant use, pizza places.  You name it, I’m getting calls for it,” Lewis said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]