Funding Allocation Summary: $1,223,000,000

Description:

The Puerto Rico Department of Housing (PRDOH) is pleased to announce the launch of the City Revitalization Program (City-Rev Program). The City-Rev Program allocates one billion two hundred twenty-three million dollars ($1,223,000,000) from the Puerto Rico Community Development Block Grant Program for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to help shape and implement the future vision of communities that were affected by Hurricanes Irma and María. Through this funding, the PRDOH will support the seventy-eight (78) municipal governments and other eligible organizations to undertake a variety of recovery activities aimed at reinvigorating downtown areas, urban centers, and key community corridors. These projects will promote the redevelopment, re-greening and restoration of lost natural resources, and further incentivize private investments in restored urban areas.

Eligible projects examples:

  • Rehabilitation or reconstruction of downtown buildings;
  • Public infrastructure improvements;
  • Streetscape improvements such as sidewalks, lighting, parking,
  • Façade improvements,
  • Activities to eliminate architectural barriers for the disabled;
  • Construction improvements to public spaces (plazas, town squares), cultural and art installations, and recreational areas and amenities;
  • Actions that would clear and demolish unoccupied substandard structures that do not duplicate activities conducted under the FEMA Private Property Debris Removal;
  • Implementing a wide range of “Re-Green” initiatives such as using green infrastructure in projects and incorporating green installations and standards.
  • Reforestation and natural resource recovery efforts that may be undertaken via non-profit entities, in addition to waste re-purposing and reduction initiatives that use green strategies;
  • Activities that consider a holistic, multi-benefit approach to downtown areas, including co-location with transit-oriented development (TOD), increasing the walkability and use of non-motorized transit, (bike lanes) and other modes that support commercial districts; and,
  • Activities involving strategic investments in growth nodes that lead to the redevelopment of urban areas that supports the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Rio Piedras and Mayagüez campus populations.

GUIDELINES

FileAction
Program Guidelines--Posted 03/09/2020Download 
Cross Cutting GuidelinesDownload 

    Program Allocations

    Total Program Allocation: $1,223,000,000
    UPR Neighborhood Revitalization Program: $   100,000,000
    Maximum award per project: $   100,000,000
    Minimum award per project: Project minimums will be established dependent on allocation quantity
    • Round 1 Funding AllocationThe PRDOH has established an allocation of six hundred million dollars ($600,000,000) for Round 1 which will be distributed amongst the seventy-eight (78) municipal governments. Each municipality will receive a base allocation of three million eight hundred forty-six thousand one hundred fifty-three dollars and eighty-five cents ($3,846,153.85), and an additional allocation of the remaining fifty percent (50%) or three hundred million dollars ($300,000,000), through a distribution model analyzing several criteria that best represent the City-Rev Program goals.  Projects will be selected for funding based on recovery objectives and needs submitted from previous planning efforts by municipal governments. PRDOH will work with eligible municipalities to determine which projects best fit one of the PRDOH recovery objectives.
    • Round 2 Funding AllocationThe PRDOH has established an allocation of three hundred forty-five million dollars ($345,000,000) for Round 2. To participate in Round 2 funding, Municipalities are required to participate and complete the Municipal Recovery Planning (MRP) Program process.  Round 2 methodology for distribution and establishment of deadlines will be determined after the completion of Round 1 Project Development Phase.
    • Round 3 Funding AllocationThe PRDOH has established an allocation of one hundred seventy-eight million dollars ($178,000,000) for Round 3 through a competitive NOFA process for Municipalities and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). Round 3 funding will be made available after project are selected and funded from Rounds One (1) and Two (2). After the NOFA closes, PRDOH will score, rank, and select projects, which will then be implemented by each eligible participant with oversight from PRDOH.

    Eligibility

    For Rounds One & Two, eligible Applicants other than Municipalities must coordinate the project application with the corresponding municipality and must be able to enter into a sub-agreement with the municipality for the use of allocated funding. It is important to note that under the current Action Plan, eligible applicants are limited to Municipalities, NGOs & Non-Profits.

    • Unit of General Local Government (Municipal Governments);
    • Non-Governmental Organization (501(c)(3)) or Not for Profit Entities;
      For example:

    • Faith-Based or Community Based Organizations
    • Conservation or Natural Resource Organizations
    • Public Schools and or Institutions of Higher Learning
    • Other community-based governmental entities:
      • Example: Public Housing Authorities and/or Public Health Facilities

    Application Submissions:

    A letter will be sent to municipalities with information regarding the registration process.

    FAQs about City Revitalization Program

    The City-Rev Program allocates one billion two hundred twenty-three million dollars ($1,223,000,000) from the Puerto Rico Community Development Block Grant Program for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to help shape and implement the future vision in communities that were affected by Hurricanes Irma and María.

    • The first goal of the Program is to restore infrastructure in downtown areas and key corridors that were impacted by the Hurricanes, and to make these facilities more resilient to future events, so that residents will want to return to and make use of public urban areas and downtown districts.
    • The second goal of the Program is to use funds to revitalize, modernize, and create green business districts in ways that can support and promote small business recovery and growth while restoring or encouraging tourism.
    • The third Program goal is to provide funding that can address the needs of lost or impacted natural resources, particularly its tree canopy in downtown areas, urbanized areas, and key corridors.

    The Puerto Rico Department of Housing has been designated as the entity responsible for administering the funds that will assist in the recovery of the island from disasters caused by the 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The Program will be implemented by PRDOH both by working with municipalities to select projects and through a competitive selection process. Funding will be available in multiple funding rounds. For projects in Round One (1) and Two (2), Municipal governments will have an allocation of funds that can be used for projects in each round. Municipalities may work with other eligible entities in these rounds to identify and develop projects. In Round Three (3) of the program, municipalities and other eligible entities will submit competitive projects for consideration based on criteria to be published by PRDOH.

    Should you have any questions or comments, or require any additional information regarding the City Revitalization Program, feel free to send any requests via electronic mail at: infrastructureCDBG@vivienda.pr.gov.