Public Hearings Notice – Community Development Block Grants – Microenterprise Projects

Posted on February 15, 2019

Public Hearings Notice
County of Cheshire
Community Development Block Grants

The Cheshire County Commissioners will hold 3 public hearings on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 in the second-floor conference room.  The purpose of the first Public Hearing is to discuss and hear public comment on the Microenterprise projects currently underway.  These projects are funded through a federal Community Development Block Grant awarded to the County of Cheshire.

The second Public Hearing will discuss three applications to the NH Community Development Finance Authority for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  CDBG funds are awarded on a competitive basis in New Hampshire and may be used for housing, public facilities, economic development, and microenterprise projects which have primary benefit to low- and moderate-income people.  A municipality can apply for up to $500,000 in the housing and public facilities category, up to $500,000 in the economic development category, up to $500,000 in the microenterprise category, and $12,000 for feasibility studies.

The applications to be considered by the Commissioners are microenterprise grants to be submitted by Cheshire County for up to $500,000.  The funds, less administrative costs, will be sub-granted to multiple entities including the Hannah Grimes Center, Regional Economic Development Center, and the NH Small Business Development Center for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to microenterprises.  This application public hearing has been scheduled to provide residents with specific information regarding the grant requirements.  A third Public Hearing will be held to adopt the Relocation and Anti-Displacement Plan specific to these projects.

Those interested people are invited to attend and comment.  Please contact the Cheshire County Commissioner’s Office, (603) 352-8215 or via Relay NH at 1-800-735-2964, in advance if you have a disability and need assistance to attend and participate in the hearings.  Anyone wishing to submit written comments prior to the hearings should address them to the Cheshire County Commissioners, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.