The City of Hinesville is funded annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as an Entitlement Community. In August 2014, HUD approved the City's 5-year Consolidated Plan for the years 2014-2019. This plan details the community's needs and outlines how awarded funds will be spent to address those needs.
The Mayor and Council often elect to allot the maximum, 15% of the award, to local public service agencies operating within the city of Hinesville. These funds are available to nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status through a competitive application process to further existing public service programs.
The City anticipates receiving an allocation to carry out eligible activities for the 2016 program year and distributing a portion to assist existing public service agencies. Community Development Block Grant funds may be used to offer public services (including labor, supplies and materials), provided that the public services meet a national objective of the CDBG program and provided that the public service either:
Provide benefit to low- and moderate-income persons
Prevent or eliminate slum or blight
Meet community needs during a declared emergency
Eligibility To apply for funding, public service agencies must meet the following criteria at the time of pre-application and application:
1. Must have attained status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency or be a governmental entity proposing to serve Hinesville residents.
2. Must be registered and licensed as required to do business in the State of Georgia.
3. Must have written financial management procedures, including policies/procedures for (a) managing and tracking cash receipts/disbursements, (b) budgeting, (c) purchasing or procurement, and (d) program income.
4. Must have written programmatic policies/procedures to include (a) program operating, (b) participants, and (c) employees/volunteers.