2020 Consolidated Grant Process
The City of Plano uses an annual consolidated grant process for funding consideration of its Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership and Buffington Community Services Grant funds. Two identical information sessions will be held for prospective applicants to learn more about the grant application process.
Attendance at one information session is MANDATORY for any agency wishing to submit an application for the 2020 grant year. Individuals arriving more than 10 minutes late to the meeting will be asked to attend the next available grant training workshop. If there is not another grant training workshop available, then the agency represented by the individual(s) arriving late will not be allowed to submit a 2020 Consolidated Grant Application. Both meetings will be held at the City of Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Avenue, Plano, Texas 75074.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 2 p.m. - Building Inspections Training Room
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, 10 a.m. - Building Inspections Training Room
Attendance at one information session is MANDATORY for any agency wishing to submit an application for the 2020 grant year.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
2020 Application Open – Apply Via ZoomGrants
The City of Plano now offers FREE access to the Foundation Directory Online for local nonprofit organizations. Use the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) to:
- Seek out new funding opportunities, including private foundations, government grants and requests for proposals
- Gain insight into a foundation’s funding priorities
- Use FDO’s rich data to focus your grant fundraising strategy
How to access FDO:
You must reserve your computer time by calling the Neighborhood Services department at 972-208-8150.
*Reservations are made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
Computers are located at Haggard Library, Genealogy Center, 2501 Coit Road, Plano, 75075
Mondays – Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Robert W. Buffington Community Services Grant (BCSG)
The City of Plano recognizes the need for community services within the City and, for this reason, makes funds available for social services. The majority of these funds will be granted to agencies that provide for emergency needs for Plano residents, such as food, shelter, clothing and preventive health care.
Plano City Council approved the BCSG Resolution, which details the grant Objectives, Requirements and Ineligible Activities. The Community Relations Commission has approved a Required Verification of Residency Process Map that all BCSG agencies must use. Also, Funding Standards have been created for those agencies seeking to provide financial assistance to clients.
The City of Plano sets aside $2 general fund monies per capita to be distributed as the Buffington Community Services Grant (BCSG). Application for the BCSG is through the Consolidated Grant Process.
The Buffington Community Services Grant (BCSG) supplies funds for programs that provide public service activities directly to Plano residents, with special consideration given to those agencies offering short-term, urgent economic assistance or care services, or offering immediate relief of crisis impacting the physical and/or mental health of Plano residents. All such services will contribute to one or more goals of the City’s current, adopted Five Year Consolidated Plan of Housing and Community Development Needs. Funding from BCSG must be spent between October 1 and September 30 of each fiscal year. The grant may not exceed 50% of the organization’s annual budget.
Organizations that submit an application must meet the following criteria:
- Proposed use of funds must benefit residents of the City of Plano.
- Must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, in good standing with the State of Texas and must have an active Board of Directors in compliance with IRS Section 501(c)(3).
- If previously funded by the City of Plano, must have successfully fulfilled all prior contractual obligations or explain reasons for non-compliance.
- Must have been operating for at least three years prior to the application deadline.
- Property taxes must be paid up to date.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Grants
Annually the City of Plano receives entitlement funds from the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the form of two grants, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME). These grants require long-term planning for expenditures through a Consolidated Planning process and regular accountability to HUD throughout each grant year. Funds from these grants are distributed annually through a competitive process.
Grant recipients through the City must sign a contract, can only use funds to serve income-eligible, Plano residents, and must maintain standards outlined in the compliance manual. Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.
Consolidated Plan of Plano’s Housing & Community Development Needs
The City’s HUD grants are spent in accordance with a five year plan, the Consolidated Plan of Plano’s housing and community development needs.
Annual Action Plan
The City develops an annual action plan which describes projects approved by the City Council for use of the current year’s funding allocation.
Citizen Participation Plan for HUD Grants
The City is committed to providing opportunities for residents to participate and comment in the planning, implementation and assessment of its HUD programs. The Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) sets forth policies and procedures for providing public notice, holding public hearings, and obtaining public comments on the use of HUD funds.
- Citizen Participation Plan - Amended June 2019
Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
At the end of each grant year, the City submits a consolidated report to HUD on the performance of grant funds and related Consolidated Plan goals:
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
As part of its HUD-required Consolidated Plan process, the City must analyze the state of fair housing choice which includes identifying impediments and suggested remedial actions to affirmatively further fair housing in the City. Please see the link below for the City’s current Analysis of Impediments. HUD issued a new rule in July 2015 that replaces the Analysis of Impediments requirement with the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The City completed its AFH process as part of a regional collaboration. For more information, see our Fair Housing page.
Housing and Community Services Manager
P: (972) 208-8150
Joint Use Facility
7501-A Independence Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75025
P.O. Box 860358
Plano, TX 75086-0358