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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
Lynette Richards, Alternate Representative
Taylor Area Neighborhood Association 
Steve Nylin, Regular Representative
Virginia Rice, Alternate Representative
Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association 
Bob Grafton, Regular Representative
Designated Organizations 

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Tyanna Stephenson, Regular Representative
Linn County Continuum of Care Planning & Policy Council
No Representative
Linn County Local Homeless Coordinating Board 
Ashley Balius, Regular Representative

Council Appointee Representatives
Brian Johnson
Tara Walker
Carly Henderson
Marcus Ramirez
Julie Hubbell

Meeting Information
The Grants & Programs Citizens Committee typically 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. Typically if Cedar Rapids Schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, the Grants & Programs Citizens Committee will cancel automatically.

For 2021 Meetings
Electronic meetings are being held because a meeting in person is impossible or impractical due to concerns for the health and safety of Board and Commission members, staff and the public presented by COVID-19. An electronic meeting is allowed by Iowa Code Section 21.8 and Governor Reynolds’ Proclamations of Disaster Emergency. There will be no in-person public attendance. City facilities remain closed to the public.

GAP Committee Agenda and Minutes

 Meeting Dates Meeting Documents  
 February 18, 2021  Agenda  Minutes
 February 25, 2021  Agenda Minutes
 March 4, 2021  Agenda  Minutes
 March 11, 2021  Agenda  Minutes

Current Funding Request Sheets

GAP Committee Meetings and Funding Allocations
2020 Minutes2020 Funding Request Sheets
2019 Minutes

2019 Funding Request Sheets
2018 Minutes
2018 Funding Request Sheets
2017 Minutes
2017 Funding Request Sheets
2016 Minutes
2016 Funding Request Sheets

Chrystal Kohl
Community Development Programs Specialist
Community Development Department

Sara Buck
Housing Programs Manager
Community Development Department
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