Members

Chris Stroech, Chair

Mary Fortuna

D. W. Gregory

 

Mission

The mission of the Grant Committee is to pursue grant funding from government sources and private foundations. Criteria for pursuit will be funding projects that benefit all stakeholders in the Corporation of Shepherdstown as well as support the vision of the Town's Comprehensive Plan as outlined in its "Vision for the Future."

http://www.shepherdstown.us/plan/1-introduction-vision-for-the-future.html

Public Hearings

PUBLIC HEARING DATES AND DIRECTIONS TO JOIN:

 

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:30pm

Via Zoom, invite posted at the following link:

www.shepherdstown.us/grant-committee/

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 3:00pm

Via Zoom, invite posted at the following link:

www.shepherdstown.us/grant-committee/

 

Language assistance for persons who have limited English proficiency and hearing impairment assistance will be available with advanced notice.  Other reasonable special accommodations may be requested if necessary to participate in the public hearings.  Please contact Chris Stroech for participation instructions.  WVDO does business in accordance with the Fair Housing Act (The Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988) with equal access to all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.

 

 

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:30pm

 

Christopher Stroech is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: SHEPHERDSTOWN GRANT COMMITTEE - PUBLIC HEARING

Time: Feb 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 954 6210 6118

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Saturday, March 6, 2021, 3:00pm

 

Christopher Stroech is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: SHEPHERDSTOWN GRANT COMMITTEE - PUBLIC HEARING

Time: Mar 6, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99786274736?pwd=MkZNYmw5c255OFQyamZHQ1JnU0VjUT09

 

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Meeting ID: 997 8627 4736

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Meetings

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
February 3, 2021 Agenda Minutes

 

News

The Corporation of Shepherdstown, through its Grant Committee, is seeking Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) funding.  Through the CARES Act, signed on March 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated to the State of West Virginia $11,872,752.00 to be made available statewide to cities and counties for certain Coronavirus relief funding.  The funding is available for applicants in the following categories:  Public Facilities, Public Services and Planning.  The range of activities that can be funded is as follows:

 

PUBLIC FACILITIES:

  • Construct a facility for testing, diagnosis, or treatment.
  • Rehabilitate a community facility to establish an infectious disease treatment clinic.
  • Construct or rehabilitate a group living facility that may be used to centralize patients undergoing treatment.
  • Rehabilitate a commercial building to establish an infectious disease treatment clinic, (e.g., by replacing the HVAC system).
  • Construct or renovate health care facilities to better respond to the Coronavirus.
  • Construct or renovate senior, youth, childcare, and community centers to better respond to the Coronavirus.

 

PUBLIC SERVICES (projects must provide a new or increased level of a public service):

  • Provide testing, diagnosis, or other services at a fixed or mobile location.
  • Increase the capacity and availability of targeted health services for infectious disease response within existing health facilities.
  • Support operations of food banks/pantries including staffing, supplies, utilities, maintenance, sanitary maintenance, and insurance.
  • Support feeding programs to vulnerable populations such as seniors, children, and youth affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Provide emergency payments (no more than six months) on behalf of individuals and families to prevent homelessness, including utility payments to prevent cutoff of service and rent/mortgage payments to prevent eviction.
  • Homeless/AIDS Patients Programs for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Senior Services for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Services for Persons with Disabilities affected by COVID-19.
  • Legal Services for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Youth Services for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Transportation Services for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Substance Abuse Services for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Services for victims of domestic violence affected by COVID-19.
  • Employment Training for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Crime Awareness/Prevention with a tie back to COVID-19.
  • Fair Housing, Tenant/Landlord Counseling for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Child Care Services for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Services for Abused and Neglected Children affected by COVID-19.
  • Mental Health Services for those affected by COVID-19.

 

COMMUNITY PLANNING:

  • Planning activities in conjunction with an activity or planning only as an activity.

 

The Grant Committee is considering applying for grant funding for the following public service purposes:  (1) Support operations of food banks/pantries including staffing, supplies, utilities, maintenance, sanitary maintenance, and insurance; and (2) Provide emergency payments (no more than 6 months) on behalf of individuals and families to prevent homelessness, including utility payments to prevent cutoff of service and rent/mortgage payments to prevent eviction.

 

All CDBG funds obtained will be used for the identified programs to help meet the HUD National Objective of assisting low- to moderate-income persons, that is persons or households with income levels at or below 80% of the area media income.  Neither project will result in relocation, and both projects should further anti-displacement.

 

The Shepherdstown Shares’ Food Pantry is located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 W. German Street, and continues to expand its program of providing food and household supplies to low-and-moderate income families in the community. Shepherdstown Shares launched the food pantry in October 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This grant will allow Shepherdstown Shares to expand its services to more needy families within the town limits, in part by paying a part-time coordinator to focus on management and improve outreach. Food insecurity has been a growing problem in our community, which is highly dependent on tourism and hospitality. Two long-time restaurants in Shepherdstown went out of business as a result of the crisis; a popular summer theatre festival, which draws thousands of visitors each July, has been forced into hiatus, and several other shops and services in town have closed. Many of the food pantry’s clients have either lost employment or been forced to work reduced hours because of the pandemic. At the beginning of 2021, the pantry served 29 low-to-moderate income individuals in the town limits, but that number represents less than 10 percent of the LMI population in the town. The pantry aims to more than triple the number of individuals served in the next few months.

 

The utility, rent and and/or mortgage assistance program will be administered from Town Hall, located at 104 N. King Street.  If approved, Shepherdstown will provide emergency payments, of no more than 6 months per household, to prevent homelessness, including utility payments to prevent cutoff of service and rental / mortgage payments to prevent eviction.  Households will submit applications to the grant administrator and will have to provide proof of low- or moderate-income, with hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The total annual project cost and grant amount requested is $60,000.00, with a total of $5,000.00 monthly benefits offered to households on a first-come, first-served qualified basis.

 

The grant application is due by 5:00pm on March 12, 2021.  The first public hearing, to be held via Zoom on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 6:30pm, is to obtain the views and proposals of citizens regarding community and housing needs of low and moderate-income persons.  Public comments following that hearing will be accepted until 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.  The second public hearing, to be held via Zoom on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 3:00pm, is to obtain citizen input, comments or opinions regarding the grant application and the program or project performance.  Public comments following that hearing will be accepted until 5:00pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021.  Comments can be directed to Chris Stroech, Grant Committee Chair, using the contact information provided herein below.

 

Information related to the project and the grant funding, including the application and any drafts, can be found at http://www.shepherdstown.us/grant-committee/.  You may also request any related information by contacting Chris Stroech, Grant Committee Chair, at 304-725-2002, chris.stroech@shepherdstown.us or P.O. Box 248, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443.

 

The grant application and instructions and general information can be found here:

 

https://www.wvcad.org/assets/files/resources/CDBG%20-%20Small%20Cities%20Block%20Grant%20Program/State-of-West-Virginia-CDBG-CV-Application.pdf

 

The supplemental document instructions and certifications can be found here:

 

https://www.wvcad.org/assets/files/resources/CDBG%20-%20Small%20Cities%20Block%20Grant%20Program/State-of-West-Virginia-CDBG-CV-Supplemental-Documents.pdf