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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
No Representative
Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association
Dorothy de Souza Guedes
Taylor Area Neighborhood Association
Virginia Rice
Steve Nylin - Alternate
Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association
Dan Borngraeber
Designated Organizations
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Craig Montz
Linn County Continuum of Care Planning & Policy Council
No Representative
Linn County Local Homeless Coordinating Board 
Ashley Balius

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

Meeting Information
The Grants & Programs Citizens Committee typically meets on Zoom on Thursdays at 4:00 P.M. with public attending in person at City Hall located at 101 First Street SE, beginning in February or March 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.

GAP Committee Agenda and Minutes

 Meeting Dates Meeting Documents  
 March 7, 2024  Agenda  Minutes
 March 14, 2024  Agenda  Minutes
 March 21, 2024  Agenda  Minutes
 March 28, 2024  Agenda  Minutes
 May 16, 2024  Agenda  Minutes

Current Funding Request Sheets

2023 Minutes

2023 Funding Request Sheets

2022 Minutes

2022 Funding Request Sheets

2021 Minutes 

2021 Funding Request Sheets

2020 Minutes

2020 Funding Request Sheets

2019 Minutes

2019 Funding Request Sheets

2018 Minutes

2018 Funding Request Sheets


Chrystal Kohl
Community Development Programs Supervisor
Community Development Department

Sara Buck
Housing Services Manager
Community Development Department
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