Grant applications shall be reviewed by the Affordable Housing Grant Review Committee. The Committee shall review all applications and provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Committee shall be composed of five members of County staff designated by the Director of Health and Human Services. In selecting the Committee members, the Director shall select members whose expertise qualifies them to provide recommendations with respect to the grant applications. If the Director determines that the expertise of a non-County employee is required for the purposes of evaluating grant applications, the Director may include a non-County employee on the Committee for such purposes, provided that the non-employee is fully informed that all work and evaluation performed on behalf of the County is subject to all applicable Florida laws, including the Florida Public Records law. The Committee shall be subject to Government in the Sunshine, and its meetings shall be open to the public.
Application for a grant shall not guarantee an award of funding. Applications shall be evaluated based on the extent to which they provide effective use of grant funding to promote or preserve affordable housing for the benefit of very low, low, and moderate income County residents. Factors the Committee may consider in evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, the number of affordable housing units to be created or supported, the applicant’s ability to leverage grant funds, the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed project, and the extent to which the project fits within the County’s overall affordable housing strategies.
The Committee’s recommendations shall be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval. Upon receiving the Committee’s recommendations, the Board shall take action to accept, deny, or modify the recommendations. If the Board approves funding for a particular application, the Board shall instruct staff to prepare a grant agreement between the County and the applicant for the Board’s future consideration. The completed grant agreement shall accurately reflect any instructions or guidance provided by the Board at the time the Board approved funding. An award of grant funding shall not be final until a grant agreement is executed by both the County and the applicant. The County may withdraw an award if the grant agreement is not executed by the applicant within 30 days of the applicant’s receipt of the agreement approved by the Board.
The County is not obligated to award all funds available during a particular grant cycle. The County reserves the right to reject any and all applications submitted for consideration.