Like to spend money? Then why not join a Marin County group that prioritizes and makes recommendations on the spending of federal grant money.
Through February 11, the County of Marin is recruiting new members of its Countywide Priority Setting Committee, which advises the Marin County Board of Supervisors on grant spending for projects and programs that benefit some of Marin’s lowest-income residents. The committee oversees the distribution of federal money through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).
Planning staff with the County’s Community Development Agency anticipate that it will receive roughly $2.4 million in funds for distribution to nonprofits and local governments. These funds are used to support affordable housing, public service projects, and capital improvements for community infrastructure such as parks, community centers, and health clinics.
There are four committee openings for two-year terms. The committee seats are for representatives from the following Marin areas:
- Larkspur, Corte Madera, and adjacent unincorporated communities, including Kentfield and Greenbrae;
- Novato and adjacent unincorporated communities;
- San Rafael including the Canal neighborhood, and adjacent unincorporated communities; and
- West Marin including the coastal corridor from Muir Beach to Dillon Beach, Point Reyes, and inland communities including Nicasio and the San Geronimo Valley.
The Countywide Priority Setting Committee was expanded in 2012 with the goal of bringing greater diversity to the group. In addition to advising the Board of Supervisors on the CDBG and HOME funding allocation process, the committee provides input on the County’s implementation of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
The Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing on all the committee’s recommendations each May and subsequently sends a priority list of projects to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The first meeting of the Countywide Priority Setting Committee is April 1 at 6 p.m.
Applications in English, Spanish and Vietnamese may be downloaded from the federal grants webpage. Online interviews will be held Thursday, February 18, at 6 p.m. Questions may be directed to 415-473-6279 or emailed to the County’s federal grants staff.