PIER Grant Program
PLANNING INFRASTRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION (PIER) GRANT
A US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) opportunity for Klamath County Community Disaster Recovery from the 2020 Wildfires.
- About The Program
- PIER Selection Committee
- Funding Priorities
- How Do I Apply
- Selection Process
The Klamath County Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Revitalization (PIER) grant program has $1,703,097 million available in Community Development Block Grant funds to support our community’s recovery from the Two Four Two Fire. Specifically, the PIER grant program expects to fund projects that covers a range of activities from infrastructure, economic revitalization, planning, natural disaster and hazard mitigation.
Applications Due: No later than 5:00 pm (pst) on May 31, 2024.
Minimum Grant Request: $500,000
Eligible Applicants: Non-profits, schools, governments, districts, councils of government, and public authorities within the boundaries of the Two Four Two Fire.
Eligible Applicants: Non-profits, schools, governments, districts, councils of government, and public authorities that serve or benefit communities within the boundaries of the Two Four Two Fire.
Additionally, entities should have the capacity, systems, and expertise in place to carry out the proposed project or program.
Minimum Grant Request $500,000
Please refer to the Uniform Grant Guidance for Grant Compliance Information.
The PIER Program Guidelines require the selection committee include one voting representative from each of the following entities:
- Each general-purpose local government within the fire perimeter (one representative per county and disaster-impacted municipality(ies)
- Long-term recovery group (LTRG)
- Economic development district or OHCS - approved substitute economic development entity
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Klamath County PIER selection Committee representatives are as follows:
- Klamath County - Commissioner Kelley Minty
- City of Chiloquin - Cathy Stuhr
- Long-term recovery group (LTRG) - Rhonda Nyseth (ODHS)
- Economic development district - Denise Stillwell (SCOEDD)
- Federally Recognized Tribe - Ellsworth Lang (Klamath Tribes)
- Title III Committee - Brian Bryson
Each Selection Committee (SC) will be responsible for selecting eligible projects or programs for their communities. The SC will review and score or prioritize projects at the local level based on a process defined by the SC. The SC or designated project lead agencies submit selected Project Description Forms to OHCS for their review and approval. SC's also approve project and program budgets, as well as the amounts approved for activity delivery costs.
Klamath County Commissioners have prioritized this funding for mitigation activities.
The Committee will prioritize projects or programs that meet the following criteria:
• Mitigation activities (See page 2(B) of Program Guidelines)
• Project award must be a minimum of $500,000.00
• Benefit low-to moderate-income residents (See Section 1.4.4 of the Program Guidelines)
• Benefit and/or are applicable to affected communities of Chiloquin, Modoc Point and Fort Klamath
• Are as easy and streamlined as possible
• Leverage CDBG-DR funds as cost-share for other funding sources
• Must have capacity to manage and meet grant requirements
• Project must be completed and closed out by February 2029
***If all funding is not allocated, the committee may look at another round of smaller awards with a minimum of $100,000.00, however be advised that OHCS/HUD exceptions will be required for any project under $500,000***
Download and fill out the application below that most closely fits your project type. Submit all completed applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be completed and emailed to email@example.com no later than 5pm (pst) on May 31, 2024.
Planning Application – for projects or programs that are focused on planning. For example, housing recovery planning, economic analysis, hazard mitigation plans, disaster planning, or education or outreach.
Infrastructure Application – for projects or programs related to rebuilding or replacing impacted infrastructure and/or building new infrastructure. This could also include requesting funds for a cost-match for other infrastructure or construction grants.
Economic Revitalization Application– for projects or programs that help retain or return businesses, microenterprises, or jobs in the area.
You can find more examples of eligible projects by referring to the PIER Program Guidelines.
*Please be aware that $1 from PIER is likely to federalize an entire project, i.e., federal rules such as Environmental Review, prevailing wages, compliance monitoring, and other requirements may apply to all aspects or components of a project.*
As a part of the review process, you will be invited to attend a committee meeting to answer any questions or share additional details about your application. Application review may take up to ten weeks, depending on when it is submitted.
Applicant to complete and submit a formal application no later than 5:00pm (pst) on May 31, 2024.
Applications will be scored based on the Evaluation/Matrix Form
Public Hearing & Project Presentations
The Committee will host a public hearing for the Committee and community members to learn about and provide feedback to the Committee on the proposed projects and programs. Committee members will also ask clarifying questions on specific proposals, to help with proposal assessment.
The Committee will discuss and vote on each proposed project or proposal. The Committee will consider the application score, budgets, timelines, community needs, and other relevant factors while deliberating to select and award projects with PIER grants. A minimum of two-thirds vote of the committee members present is required for selection.
Once selected, the project will be forwarded to Oregon Housing and Community Services for their review and processing.
What is the business size that triggers the requirement for a business to have a Sam.gov ID to be able to receive grant funds from the PIER program? How can we support business owners that do not have Social Security numbers?
- Short answer: Micro-enterprises, defined as businesses with 5 or fewer employees, where one or more owners own the enterprise, can bypass the need for a SAM/DUNS 3 registration.
- However, this exemption is contingent on their participation in a micro-enterprise program specifically designed for such small businesses. If a business seeks assistance from a regular business loan/grant program, regardless of its size, it would be subjected to the SAM/DUNS requirement.
- The State also has an FAQ for PIER published here: Oregon Housing and Community Services : Frequently Asked Questions : Disaster Recovery and Resilience : State of Oregon