2018 Niagara Falls Community Development Action Plan Process Set To Begin

Department Seeking Ideas and Priorities from Niagara Falls Residents

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 – The Niagara Falls Community Development Department is kicking off the public participation and application phase of the for 2018 Niagara Falls Community Development Action Plan. Our team welcomes local residents to once again be the most important component of this annual planning effort. “Community development starts with real community participation. Our annual plans reflect the neighborhood expertise of Niagara Falls citizens, and that’s why our projects are effective,” said Seth Piccirillo, Director of Niagara Falls Community Development.    

Annual community development action plans are funded by the United States Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD) through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.  Through our Citizen Participation Process, our team develop an annual Action Plan that lists and prioritizes local housing and non-housing community development needs, guided by our 5 Year Strategic Plan.

Neighborhood Planning Meetings
Wednesday, October 4, 6pm - Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School - 1730 Beech Avenue
Wednesday, October 11, 12pm - LaSalle Public Library - 8728 Buffalo Avenue
Saturday, October 21, 10am - Hyde Park Stone Room - 911 Robbins Drive
Thursday, October 26, 6pm - Niagara City Lofts Auditorium, 561 Portage Road

Citizen Participation Survey
This survey allows citizens to submit annual priorities and ideas, open until Friday, October 27, 2018.
Online Survey: https://nfcd.typeform.com/to/lQU7wp
Paper Survey: The Carnegie Building, 1022 Main Street or at Neighborhood Planning Meetings 
Questions: 2017actionplan@niagarafallsny.gov

Applications
In addition to community participation, the 2018 Action Plan Grants provide HUD program funding to community organizations to make improvements to the City of Niagara Falls.  For the first time, the Niagara Falls Community Development Action Plan applications will be submitted online, improving the efficiency of our process. The Department has also recruited members of the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY), the region’s HUD-designated Continuum of Care, to assist in the evaluation of applications to the department’s Emergency Solutions Grant program. “The online application allows us to not only evaluate proposals in a simple way, but to better track the progress that our community partners make toward carrying out their goals,” said Ryan Undercoffer, the Department’s Finance Manager. He added, “The partnership with HAWNY recruits the expertise of our regional homelessness experts to help make the right decisions for those in Niagara Falls who are most in need of assistance.”

Please visit our grants page at https://nf-cd.org/grants for more information on how to apply.  All grant applications are due Friday, October 27 at or before 12pm.