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Bill Detail: SB21-252

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Title Community Revitalization Grant Program
Status Governor Signed (06/16/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Housing
House Sponsors S. Lontine (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate Sponsors C. Holbert (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Local Government
Date Introduced 04/29/2021

The bill establishes the community revitalization grant program
(grant program) in the division of creative industries (division) in the
office of economic development (office). The grant program is

established to provide money awards to finance various projects across
the state that are intended to create or revitalize mixed-use commercial
centers. The grant program is intended to support creative projects in
these commercial centers that would combine revitalized or newly
constructed commercial spaces with public or community spaces
including but not limited to certain projects specified in the bill. In
allocating grant money under the grant program, preference will be given
to certain projects based on prioritization factors enumerated in the bill.
All grants awarded under this section must be encumbered no later than
December 31, 2022.
The division will administer the grant program in consultation with
the division of local government (DLG) in the department of local affairs.
The division may contract out part of its administrative duties under the
grant program to a third-party administrative entity.
In connection with the administration of the grant program, the
division and DLG are required to collaborate in creating a process that
ensures that grants are only considered and awarded after a fair and
rigorous open competition among eligible grant recipients. The division
and DLG are also required to collaborate on the review of grant
applications and the approval of grant awards. In connection with the
review of grant applications and awards, the division must solicit input
from a stakeholder group that includes representation from various groups
and entities as specified in the bill.
On or before September 1, 2021, the director of the division, in
consultation with the director of the DLG or their designees, are required
to adopt polices, procedures, and guidelines for the grant program that
include without limitation:
  • Procedures and timelines by which an eligible recipient
may apply for a grant;
  • Criteria for determining grant eligibility and grant amounts;
  • Reporting requirements for grant recipients.
The bill specifies the types of projects meriting preference in the
awarding of grants.
The bill creates the community revitalization fund (fund) in the
state treasury. On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable
thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $65 million from the
general fund to the fund. All money transferred is to be used for either
grant awards or the costs of administering the grant program.
On or before November 1, 2022, and on or before November 1,
2023, the division is required to publish a report summarizing the use of
all of the money that was awarded as grants under the grant program in
the preceding fiscal year. The bill specifies additional required
components of the report. The report must be posted on the website of the
office. The bill requires the office to summarize the information
contained in the report in its State Measurement for Accountable,
Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act hearings.

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