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Empowerment Zones Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Application Procedure:

(Note: Nomination criteria for Renewal Communities may differ slightly. Please consult the urban EZ/EC website (www.hud.gov/cr) or the rural EZ/EC website (www.ezec.gov) periodically for updated information). Nomination criteria for urban Round III EZs was: One or more local governments and the State or States in which an urban area is located may nominate such area for designation as an Empowerment Zone if: (1) The urban area meets the requirements for eligibility; (2) the urban area is within the jurisdiction of a State or States and local government(s) that have the authority to nominate the urban area for designation and that provide written assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that the strategic plan will be implemented; (3) all information furnished by the nominating State(s) and local government(s) is determined by the Secretary to be reasonably accurate; and (4) the State(s) and local government(s) certify that no portion of the area nominated is already included in an Empowerment Zone or in an other area currently nominated for designation as an Empowerment Zone (but it may include an Enterprise Community).

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

The Secretary of HUD will review applications for the designation of nominated urban areas to determine the quality of the strategic plans submitted by nominating State local government(s); other factors established by HUD; and geographic diversity.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.