BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 8.94.3729 pertaining to the administration of the CDBG program
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On August 6, 2021, the Department of Commerce published MAR Notice No. 8-94-190 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed amendment of the above-stated rule at page 976 of the 2021 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 15.
2. The department has amended the above-stated rule as proposed.
3. The department has thoroughly considered the comments and testimony received. A summary of the comments received, and the department's responses are as follows:
COMMENT NO. 1: Thank you for providing notice of the proposed changes to the application and guidelines for both the CDBG Public Facilities grant programs.
To ensure that the Department of Commerce has time to review and consider comments received on the proposed changes, that the guidelines are finalized before the applications are due, and that our members have time to finalize their applications in accordance with the adopted guidelines, we respectfully request that the department immediately issue a notice that the application deadline for the 2021 CDBG Public Facilities grant programs is extended.
Thank you very much for considering this request
RESPONSE NO. 1: The Department of Commerce is considering extending the CDBG Public Faculties application deadline to October 28, 2021, to allow applicants more time to conduct required public outreach and finalize and submit applications. If granted, an extension will be announced upon the conclusion of the administrative rule process.
COMMENT NO. 2: Moving the deadline for the CDBG grants to October 7th from September 15th would be extremely beneficial to all who will be submitting grants. The extra time will allow the grant applications to be as complete as possible which is very important to allow the best decisions to be made concerning which grants to fund. Thank you for your consideration!
RESPONSE NO. 2: As indicated above, the Department of Commerce is considering extending the CDBG Public Facilities application deadline to October 28, 2021. This extension will provide applicants more time to complete their processes for considering appropriate projects.
/s/ Jessica Blumberg /s/ Adam Schafer
Jessica Blumberg Adam Schafer
Rule Reviewer Deputy Director
Department of Commerce
Certified to the Secretary of State September 14, 2021.