EBRRA looking for volunteer project initiatives in five neighborhoods

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Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has announced that the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (EBRRA), in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, is seeking proposals for five (5) Community Development Corporations (CDCs) to each develop and execute a volunteer community improvement project within the following Community Improvement Plan (CIP) neighborhoods:

1. Scotlandville
2. Zion City/Glen Oaks 
3. Old South
4. Choctaw/Northdale 
5. Melrose East
 
Materials and support for the projects will be funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds allocated to the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as assistance provided by EBRRA Community Partners.
 
As we approach National Community Development Week, there is no better way to show our commitment to community development than by partnering with local non-profits, investing in revitalizing our neighborhoods, and bringing local volunteer resources to the table, said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. I am proud to partner with the Redevelopment Authority to deploy these resources into our community. 
 
Each of the five (5) selected CDCs will be eligible to receive up to $22,000.00 in project funds which will be used solely for the purchase of supplies and up to $5,000.00 in project delivery funds which may be used to reimburse administrative costs directly related to delivery and execution of the project. 
 
This effort exemplifies how we can better align our redevelopment planning with our deployment of HUD community development funds, said Chris Tyson, CEO of the Redevelopment Authority. Our community development partners know best what their neighborhoods need, and this is the first initiative in our broader commitment to getting resources in their hands to build capacity and create the change that they want to see.
 
The RFP may be accessed at www.ebrra.org.
 Proposals must be received in the EBRRA office by 4:00 pm CST Friday, April 19, 2019.
 
Selections will be announced on Monday, April 22 at the start of HUD’s Community Development Week.
 
 For additional information, email Tasha Saunders, Grants Director, at tsaunders@ebrra.org.

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