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2015 Community Investment Partnership Program
Funding Announcement


Due to high demand and interest in the scheduled Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP) grant programs, the deadlines for Letters of Intent and Applications have been extended! Please see the revised dates below.

Northampton County expects to award approximately $1,000,000 in Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP) funding for projects that will improve the quality of life for our citizens and create opportunities to stimulate, attract and sustain economic development.  Several new grant, financing and technical assistance programs have been developed that will be used in conjunction with current programs to support community development and economic growth in our communities.  Eligible applicants include private non-profits, governmental entities and for profit entities.  Applications for the various programs will be accepted either on a scheduled or rolling basis as noted below.  CIPP funding programs include:

·        CIPP Grant Programs

o   Community Improvement Grants 

      -  Notice of Intent to Apply Due Friday,
   July 31, 2015

      -  Applications/Proposals Due Friday,
   August 28, 2015
12:00 PM

o   Community Planning  & Technical Assistance

      - Notice of Intent to Apply Due Friday,
  July 31, 2015

      - Applications/Proposals Due Friday,
  August 28, 2015
 12:00 PM

o   Job Creation and Economic Infrastructure Expansion – Rolling application


·        CIPP Revolving Loan Fund

o   Business Boost Loan Program – Rolling Applications

o   Economic Reinvestment Loan Program – Rolling Applications


Full descriptions of the various CIPP program guidelines are available here.  The electronic application is available upon request by contacting Mark Hartney at 



The County of Northampton’s Department of Community and Economic Development is pleased to release a Request for Proposals for funding available under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for urban entitlement communities.  Proposals will be considered from boroughs, townships, and non-profits throughout the County for projects that address the needs of low- to moderate-income individuals during 2015.  For further information, please click

HUD Guidance on Section 3 Compliance, Issued May 2009

HUD has issued guidance for recipients of CDBG, NSP, PIH/PH Capitol Funds on compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968.    Section 3 is one of HUD’s tools for ensuring that the expenditure of federal funds in economically distressed communities has a multiplier effect by targeting local low- and very low-income persons and qualified businesses for jobs, training, and contracting opportunities.  

For applicants interested in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (CDBG-R), the requirements of Section 3 apply in the same manner as they do for other types of covered HUD financial assistance.     Since ARRA funding is specifically intended to create jobs and other economic opportunities for those most impacted by the recession, compliance with the requirements of Section 3 is critical.  The attached guidance was tailored to the ARRA requirements but is helpful for all potential recipients of HUD funding.  Click here to open the document.


Housing-Related Grant Reporting

Agencies receiving housing-related grants, namely Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) and Affordable Housing grants, must submit Fiscal Status and Beneficiary report forms semi-annually and upon close-out of the grant. These reports are due every January 31 and July 31 during the contract period.  The forms may be accessed at the "Housing Report Forms" link under Community Development Programs.