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The Grants & Programs (GAP) Committee is an ad-hoc advisory committee that annually reviews proposals submitted in the form of applications for Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program Funds (HOME), funds which the city receives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually. The GAP Committee makes recommendations to the City Council, solely in an advisory capacity, about which proposals should be approved and to what extent. The Grants & Programs Committee is a thirteen (13) member Committee with representation from three functional areas:

1.       Representation from Neighborhood Associations. Five members are directly appointed from neighborhood associations with boundaries within urban renewal areas (surrounding the Central Business District) where there is a predominance of low- and moderate-income households.
2.       Representation from Organizational Interests. Three members are directly appointed from specific organizations of related interest. These comprise the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, the Linn County Continuum of Care Planning & Policy Council, and the Linn County Local Homeless Coordinating Board.
3.       Representation from At-Large Citizens. Five members are directly appointed by the Mayor with one each to represent the four quadrants of the City, plus one community-wide representative.

By program, (CDBG & HOME), the GAP Committee recommends to the City Council which proposed activities should be funded and, respectively, for how much. The City Council may either accept, reject, or modify the Committee’s recommendation(s) and approves a preliminary Action Plan that is made available for at least a 30-day public review and comment period, also with Public Hearing. A comprehensive schedule of the consolidated planning process, including public review / comment, hearing, and Council action dates is directly conveyed to all applicants.

Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan outlines the policies and procedures for the GAP Committee.

Citizen Participation Plan

Current Members

All terms are annual running from July 1 -June 30

Neighborhood Associations 

Mound View Neighborhood Association 
No Representative
Northwest Neighborhood Association 
Al Pierson, Regular Representative
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association 
Eric Wullner, Regular Representative
Taylor Area Neighborhood Association 
No Representative
Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association 
Julie Hubbell, Regular Representative
Designated Organizations 

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Tyanna Stephenson, Regular Representative
Linn County Continuum of Care Planning & Policy Council
Ashley Balius, Regular Representative
Linn County Local Homeless Coordinating Board 
Holly Warth, Regular Representative
Kelzye Bedwell, Alternate Representative

Council Appointee Representatives
Brian Johnson
Ronald Lower
Carly Henderson
Marcus Ramirez
Kevin Curl

Meeting Information
The Grants & Programs Citizens Committee meets Thursdays at 4:00 P.M. at City Hall located at 101 First Street SE, beginning in February and lasting until all applications have been reviewed and recommendations to City Council are ready to be made. Periodically, the Grants & Programs Citizens Committee may need to reconvene to discuss special circumstances that sometimes arise. If Cedar Rapids Schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, the Grants & Programs Citizens Committee will cancel automatically.

GAP Committee Agenda and Minutes

 Meeting Dates Meeting Documents  
 August 8, 2019 Special Meeting  Agenda  Minutes
 February 6, 2020  Agenda  Minutes
 February 13, 2020 - Cancelled  Agenda  Minutes
 February 20, 2020  Agenda  Minutes
 February 27, 2020  Agenda  Minutes
 March 5, 2020  Agenda  Minutes

Current Funding Request Sheets

GAP Committee Meetings and Funding Allocations
2019 Minutes
2019 Funding Request Sheets
2018 Minutes
2018 Funding Request Sheets
2017 Minutes
2017 Funding Request Sheets
2016 Minutes
2016 Funding Request Sheets
2015 Minutes
2015 Funding Request Sheets
2014 Minutes
2014 Funding Request Sheets
2013 Minutes
2013 Funding Request Sheets
2012 Minutes
2012 Funding Request Sheets

Chrystal Kohl
Community Development Programs Specialist
Community Development Department

Sara Buck
Housing Programs Manager
Community Development Department
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