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Funding Opportunities

The City provides grants to nonprofit organizations located within the city. Funding priorities include physical/mental health, basic needs (e.g. food) and job training. Those nonprofit agencies that provide services in our community can be located in the Opportunity Council's Community Resource Directory. This directory provides information in the following areas: children, education, food, health, housing, jobs, utilities and several others.

 Year-Round Opportunities

2015 Opportunities

The following Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) have been announced. The final allocations will be made by City Council on May 4, 2015. 

Housing and Shelter Preservation - Preservation of multifamily housing, including shelters and transitional housing. Only existing housing or shelters that are included in the City's Consolidated Plan inventory are eligible.

Infill Housing Demonstration Program - This program is both a homebuyer and rental program, and is intended to create ownership and/or rental opportunities that implement the City's Infill and Neighborhood goals.

Rental Housing -  Production of new rental (multifamily) housing primarily serving households that earn less than 50% of Area Meridian Income (AMI).

Rental Assistance and Supportive Services Funding is limited to those projects that are also applying for Rental Production Program funding.  This program serves vulnerable families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness.

Coming in February, 2015

The following Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) will be announced in February, 2015.

Emergency Winter Shelters - Agencies that help provide emergency shelter to homeless families and individuals during the winter months (December 1 - March 31).

Housing Services - Nonprofit agencies that provide housing services within the City of Bellingham are encouraged to apply for this funding.

Human and Social Services Grants - Programs that are used to deliver human services to a minimum of 51% low - and very-low income individuals.

Public Facility or Improvements

For more information on these programs, contact David Stalheim, Block Grant Programs Manager at 360-778-8300 or dbstalheim@cob.org.

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