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The City of Salisbury has grants for your exterior home repairs, for business development and for historic preservation. Grants are a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Check out current available grants:

Downtown Revitalization Grant | Historic Preservation Grant | Innes Street Improvement Grant | Municipal Service District Grant | Opportunity Zones

CDBG & COVID-19

On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an initial allocation of $168,950.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to Salisbury to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (CDBG-CV) through the CARES Act. HUD requires that the City receive public comment, prepare an Action Plan Amendment that documents the proposed use of funds, and publish it for additional public input. Proposals must be consistent with the objectives and requirements of the funding program. For the CDBG Program, the primary objective of the program is the development of viable communities by the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. More information on the CDBG Program is available here.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are eligible sub-recipients of the funding?

Public service agencies, not for profits, for profits, and businesses that are American owned and operated within the Salisbury City limits who help assist in developing the City of Salisbury by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income persons within our community.

What are some examples of eligible activities that can be funded?

Eligible activities must assist the City in meeting the goals of the FY2015-19 current Consolidated Plan as well as the CDBG Program National Objectives. The goals and objectives are outlined below:
  • Owner occupied units
    The objective is to create a suitable, decent living environment that is safe, affordable and sustainable for low to moderate income residents of the City of Salisbury.
  • Emergency Rehabilitation
    The goal of emergency rehabilitation is to meet the emergency need of residents to provide decent housing
  • Acquisition/Rehab/Resale
    Purchase of vacant/abandoned property, rehabilitating and reselling to low- moderate income families.
  • Public Improvements & Infrastructure
    Providing improvements and updates to aging infrastructure.
  • Public Services
    Partnering with Public Service agencies that provide, assist, and meet specific needs of City of Salisbury residents.
  • Down Payment Assistance
    Assistance for low to moderate first-time buyers with down payment.

The authorizing statute of the CDBG program requires that each activity funded except for program administration and planning activities must meet one of the three national objectives. The three national objectives are:

  • Benefit low- to moderate- income (LMI) persons
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight and;
  • Meeting a need having a particular urgency (referred to as urgent need)

What is the process and timeline for dispersing the funds?

Project proposals will be accepted through May 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm. This is a competitive application process for limited funding. Applicants that meet the minimum criteria are not guaranteed an award and those that are successful may be funded for less than the amount requested. A selection committee will review all applications to ensure that project proposals are beneficial to meeting the goals outlined in the City’s Consolidated and Action Plans (see rating criteria below). After review, funding recommendations will be made to City Council. No contracts can be executed until project/program approval has been received and approved by the Mayor and City Council.

Below is the anticipated timeline for getting initial CDBG-CV funds allocated from the CARES Act into the community.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Conduct Public Hearing – City Council Meeting
Friday, May 22, 2020 Deadline for Sub-Recipient Applications
Thursday, May 14, 2020 Draft Amendment Published; beginning 5-day public comment
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 City Council Meeting. Presentation of Draft Plan Amendment with a request that Council consider approval.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Submission of Plan Amendment to HUD
June/July 2020 Finalize Contracts with approved Sub-Recipients

How will applications be evaluated?

A selection committee will review applications according to the rubric outlined below to inform a recommendation. Final decisions will be rendered by the City Council.

Rating Factors Maximum Points
Project overview, soundness of approach and quality of proposed program/project in relation to the identified need 20
Strategy to assist the community in addressing an identified need and meeting objectives 20
Capacity of the applicant, relevant organizational experience, and past performance 20
Cost effectiveness, leveraging funding, and sustainability 25
Other – Overall impression and completion of all materials required 15
Total 100

How can I give input into how the funds are used?

Public Comment

A public hearing will be held by the Salisbury City Council on May 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Please note the City is operating under a State of Emergency declaration related to the spread of COVID-19. In order to remain consistent with limiting physical interactions and the potential spread of COVID-19 all City Council meetings will be held electronically until further notice. The meeting will be streamed live at salisburync.gov/webcast and on the City’s Twitter account. Anyone who wishes to speak during public comment must sign-up by 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2020 by contacting Kelly Baker at kbake@salisburync.gov or (704) 638-5233.

Written Comment

Written comments received by 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2020 will be entered into the record. Written comments can be directed to Candace Edwards with the subject line CDBG-CV at candace.edwards@salisburync.gov or submitted via this online form. Please limit written comments to less than 750 words.

How can I apply for funding?

Interested applicants, please use the link below to complete the can fill out an online application by May 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Online Application

Downtown Revitalization Incentive Grant

The Downtown Salisbury Revitalization Incentives Program (“Downtown Revitalization Incentive Grant”) was established by City Council in 2014 to promote economic growth within the Downtown Municipal District.

The incentives are designed to promote both new development and historic rehabilitation, with an emphasis on those projects that create new residential opportunities. The program is a package of four (4) grants, any or all of which may be utilized by a developer depending on the nature and scope of the project for which assistance is being requested:

  • Building Renovation Incentive Grant covers 25% of eligible costs (up to $50,000) for the stabilization and preservation of older, primarily historic properties.
  • Residential Production Incentive Grant offers $7,500 per residential unit created or upgraded (where project costs exceed $35/gross sf2) to promote downtown residences.
  • Residential Utilities Incentive Grant covers 50% of eligible costs (up to $25,000) for the installation or upgrade of water utilities where project costs exceed $5,000.
  • Fire Suppression Grant covers 50% of fire line costs or $2/sf2 (up to $25,000) for sprinkler system installation.

Contact Us

Planning Director

(704) 638-5230


Grant Application
Program GuidelinES

Historic Preservation Incentive Grant

Note: The application period for Salisbury's 2019-2020 Preservation Grant is now OPEN. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, September 27, 2019. The application form and additional packet are available on this page.

The Historic Preservation Incentive Grants provide a modest economic stimulus to owners of homes and businesses in Salisbury’s Local Historic Districts to help stabilize, preserve, and maintain the historic character of the individual structure and historic district in accordance with Salisbury’s Local Historic Guidelines.

To check if your property is located in a historic district, please visit our Historic Preservation page.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for exterior maintenance and stabilization projects of owner-occupied homes and businesses within any of the locally-designated residential historic districts identified with Local Historic Overlay (LHO) zoning, excluding the Downtown Local Historic District.

Requirements

  • Subject property must be located in a Local Historic District (excluding Downtown).
  • Project may not have commenced or been completed prior to notification of award.
  • Subject property must be owner-occupied.
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive an HPI grant every other year.

Contact Us

Development Services Specialist

Catherine Garner
(704) 638-5212
Catherine.Garner@salisburync.gov


Application and Packet

Innes Street Improvement Grant

The Innes Street Improvement Grant assists property and business owners within the Innes Street Improvement District with enhancements to building façades, landscapes, driveways, and parking lots. These projects can range from minor repairs and repainting to substantial façade and landscape rehabilitation projects and the installation of new pedestrian amenities such as outdoor seating, planters, awnings, café fences, and lighting.

Applications may be submitted at any time but funds are limited each year (starting July 1). Submitting an application does not guarantee that the grant will be awarded. Grants are awarded for eligible projects by the Salisbury Community Appearance Commission (CAC) as funds are available. The grant is typically awarded on a 50/50 matching basis with a maximum City participation of $5,000.00 per project. This is a reimbursement grant. Funds are issued at the completion and final inspection and approval of the project.

All proposed projects must be reviewed and approved by the CAC before any work has begun in order to be eligible for the grant. The CAC reserves the right to accept or reject any request and/or require modifications deemed appropriate to meet the guidelines. The CAC will not promote or reward poor design and execution, inappropriate alterations, etc.

The MSD Incentive Grant and the Innes Street Improvement Grant are very similar programs. Your eligibility for one or the other depends on the location of your property. A small number of property or business owners may be eligible for both, but may not receive funding through both. If this circumstance applies to you, please contact the Urban Design Planner for guidance.

Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the grant guidelines before submitting an application.


Contact Us

Urban Design Planner

Alyssa Nelson
(704) 638-5235
anels@salisburync.gov


Application and Guidelines

Municipal Service District Grant

The MSD Incentive Grant assists property and business owners within the Downtown Municipal Service District with enhancements to building facades, landscapes, driveways, and parking lots. These projects can range from minor repairs and repainting to substantial façade and landscape rehabilitation projects and the installation of new pedestrian amenities such as outdoor seating, planters, awnings, café fences, and lighting.

Applications may be submitted at any time but funds are limited each year (starting July 1). Submitting an application does not guarantee that the grant will be awarded. Grants are awarded for eligible projects by the Salisbury Community Appearance Commission (CAC) as funds are available. The grant is typically awarded on a 50/50 matching basis with a maximum City participation of $5,000.00 per project. This is a reimbursement grant. Funds are issued at the completion and final inspection and approval of the project.

All proposed projects must be reviewed and approved by the CAC before any work has begun in order to be eligible for the grant. The CAC reserves the right to accept or reject any request and/or require modifications deemed appropriate to meet the guidelines. The CAC will not promote or reward poor design and execution, inappropriate alterations, etc.

The MSD Incentive Grant and the Innes Street Improvement Grant are very similar programs. Your eligibility for one or the other depends on the location of your property. A small number of property or business owners may be eligible for both, but may not receive funding through both. If this circumstance applies to you, please contact the Urban Design Planner for guidance.

Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the grant guidelines before submitting an application.

Note: Community Planning Services is currently updating the Municipal Service District Incentive Grant Guidelines and Application for FY2017-18. The materials on this website consist of last year’s materials. The City will make an announcement when we are accepting applications for FY2017-18. Please contact the Urban Design Planner to make an inquiry.

Contact Us

Urban Design Planner

Alyssa Nelson
(704) 638-5235
anels@salisburync.gov


Application and Guidelines
Map

Opportunity Zones

A new program with the potential to attract investment capital into low-income areas of North Carolina was created by recently passed federal tax legislation, known as The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1). North Carolina Opportunity Zones will offer qualified investors certain tax benefits when they invest unrealized capital gains into these areas.

Key Federal Tax Incentives:

  • Temporary tax deferral for capital gains reinvested in an Opportunity Fund
  • Step-up in basis for capital gains reinvested in an Opportunity Fund
  • Permanent exclusion from taxable income of long-term capital gains

Contact Us

Community Planning Services Director

Hannah Jacobson
(704) 638-5230
Hannah.Jacobson@salisburync.gov


FEDERAL Opportunity Zones Website

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