Louisiana Watershed Initiative Round 1 & CDBG Compliance

Louisiana Watershed Initiative Round 1 Overview

HUD's Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program is a unique and significant opportunity for eligible grantees to use CDBG funding in areas impacted by recent disasters to carry out strategic and high-impact activities to mitigate disaster risks and reduce future losses.

With the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Congress allocated $1,213,917,000 in CDBG-MIT funds to the State of Louisiana for flood mitigation activities. These activities are being implemented under the state's Louisiana Watershed Initiative Program by the Louisiana Office of Community Development.

Round 1 funding of the Louisiana Watershed initiative represents a $100 million project funding opportunity for eligible local and regional projects that will address immediate flood mitigation needs. Round 1 project pre-applications eligible to proceed with full applications for this funding opportunity have been established and can be downloaded below. Projects deemed eligible, however, are not guaranteed grant awards after the state's review of the full applications.

Eligible Pre-Applications
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On September 18, 2020, the state opened the Round 1 application period. The application submission deadline for eligible projects was originally January 22, 2021. It has been extended to March 12, 2021. This is a competitive application process. The applications will be reviewed and scored by the state using criteria that includes effectiveness in minimizing risk, project costs & project implementation, social benefits, enhancement of natural functions, and benefit to most impacted and distressed parishes. Announcements of awards for selected projects are expected to begin in April 2021.

CDBG Compliance Requirements for Round 1 Projects

Round 1 project applications and administration of any grants awarded must comply with the following typical CDBG-DR requirements and any applicable waivers or alternative requirements under the CDBG-MIT program. The list below highlights key requirements and is not all inclusive.

  • Eligible activities defined in HCDA 105(a) 1-25 (mitigation activities)

  • Low to Moderate Income (LMI) and Urgent Need Mitigation national objectives

  • Citizen Participation

  • 24 CFR 58 Environmental Reviews

  • 2 CFR Part 200 Procurement Methods

  • 2 CFR Parts 180 and 2424 Debarment and Suspension

  • 24 CFR 570.611 Conflict of Interest

  • Duplication of benefits

  • 2 CFR 200.302 Financial Management

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

  • 24 CFR 570.490 and 570.506 Record keeping

  • Title VIII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1968, as amended (Fair Housing Act)

  • Section 109 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1974, as amended

  • Executive Order 11063

  • Executive Order 11246, as amended

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • Section 110 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and as set forth in 24 CFR§570.603

  • Davis-Bacon Act, as amended (40 U.S.C. §3141 et seq.) as supplemented by Department of Labor regulations (29 CFR Parts 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7)

  • Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (40 U.S.C. §3701 et seq.)

  • Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C. §201 et seq.)

  • Compliance with the Copeland "Anti-Kickback" Act (18 U.S.C. §874) as supplemented in Department of Labor regulations (29 CFR Part 3)

  • Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended

  • 12 U.S.C. 1701u

  • 24 CFR Part 135

  • URA regulations, effective February 2005, implementing the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act (URA) of 1970, as amended (49 CFR Part 24)

  • Section 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (HCDA) and the implementing regulations at 24 CFR Part 42

  • 24 CFR 570.606 of the CDBG Regulations which requires compliance with the regulations listed above

  • Property management

Artovia has the expertise and proven track record to help applicants navigate these complex regulations and prepare successful grant applications for the Round 1 program and ensure that any grant awards are administered in accordance with the CDBG-MIT and Louisiana Office of Community Development program requirements.

We bring a unique blend of grant, engineering, construction, and project management expertise all in one package, resulting in projects that are technically feasible, cost effective, and compliant.

Details on our CDBG experience can be found under Artovia's community development and disaster mitigation & recovery project pages.

Contact us at 985-900-2320 to learn more about our CDBG administration capabilities.

Prepared by: Paul Barcelona, P.E., President, Artovia