Local Government Assistance Program
$4 million has been made available for continuation of the Local Government Assistance Program for fiscal year 2020-2021. The Office of Community Development has developed guidelines for the use of these funds which will allow local governments to apply for assistance for various community projects. The Administrative Rules for LGAP were published in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act in January, 2020.
All municipalities and parishes within the state of Louisiana that are identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as non-entitlement communities are eligible to apply for assistance.
Fire protection, sewer, water, renovations to essential governmental buildings, police protection, land acquisition, demolition, equipment, roads, drainage, and reasonable engineering costs (10% of grant award for basic engineering services if associated with construction and 3% for inspection services) are eligible for assistance under this program.
Previously incurred debt, improvements to private property, on-going salaries, overtime for government employees, administration, engineering-only or planning-only projects are not eligible activities under this program. Projects intended for “recreational use” such as playground equipment, park benches/trash receptacles, or walking trails are not eligible.
Maximum grant ceiling amounts are based on the following population ranges:
Villages (1-999) up to $25,000.
Towns (1,000-4,999) up to $35,000.
Cities (5,000-35,000) up to $50,000.
Parishes up to $100,000. (If a parish’s incorporated communities’ combined maximum ceiling amounts are less than the allocation for the entire parish area, the parish can then apply for more than $100,000.)
Projects cannot begin until there is a signed contract in place between the awarded local government and the Office of Community Development. Funds will only be reimbursed to the local government once invoices related to the project are submitted for approval by OCD.
All applications will require a resolution of support from the Local Government Agency and a letter of support from the State Senator and the State Representative representing the project area.
Click here for the Administrative Rules for LGAP published in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act in January, 2020.
Click here for the current LGAP application.