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and Tenants for Property Investments in Eligible Districts

Downtown Development Districts (DDD) Rebate Program

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Funding Source:

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Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA)

Deadline Date:

01/28/22 4:00 PM - Deadline for Large Project Reservation Applications; Small Project Rebate Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Description:

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Grants to Delaware nonprofit organizations, businesses, for-profit developers, tenants, homeowners, and property owners to make property investments in designated downtown districts. Funding is intended to support qualified real property investments in industrial, commercial, residential, and mixed-use buildings and facilities. Eligible districts include Clayton, Delaware City, Dover, Georgetown, Harrington, Laurel, Middletown, Milford, Seaford, Smyrna, and the City of New Castle.

Funding is available for the following types of projects:

- Small Project Set-Aside

- Large Project Set-Aside

The Downtown Development Districts Act was created to leverage state resources in a limited number of designated areas in Delaware’s cities and towns to:

  • Spur private capital investment;
  • Stimulate job growth and improve the commercial vitality of our cities and towns; and
  • Help build a stable community of long-term residents in our downtowns and other neighborhoods.

To be eligible to apply for a DDD Rebate

  • The QRPI must be made within the boundary of a designated DDD.
  • The QRPI must be made in conformance with the approved District plan.
  • The QRPI must be in excess of the required Minimum Qualified Investment Threshold (MQIT).
  • The QRPI must be made after the date the real property location is officially incorporated within the boundary of a designated District.
  • The Investor must meet site control requirements (e.g. legal title, sales agreement, or owner's consent).

For examples of qualified district projects, see: http://www.destatehousing.com/Developers/developermedia/ddd_guidelines.pdf#page=7

For information about cost eligibility, see: http://www.destatehousing.com/Developers/developermedia/ddd_guidelines.pdf#page=10

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180722

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Project Set-Aside ($2,000,000 available):
- Minimum Qualified Investment Threshold (MQIT): $25,000
- Maximum Award: $70,000 per building or facility

Large Project Set-Aside ($8,500,000 available):
- Minimum Qualified Investment Threshold (MQIT): $350,000
- Maximum Award: $2,000,000 per building or facility

Term of Contract:

Small Project Lite-Reservation: Project Timeline/Building Permit. Applicants must demonstrate:
- Evidence the project is ready to commence and able to be completed within 12 months of the Lite-Reservation date.
- Detailed timeline of project. Construction activity must commence within 60 days of the Lite-Reservation date.

Large Project Set-Aside: Applicants must demonstrate the project’s ability to be 15% substantially commenced within one (1) year from date of Reservation. DSHA will verify at the one-year benchmark that at least 15% of all heavy construction activity has been completed. Applicants must provide a detailed timeline that demonstrates the project’s ability to meet the following Reservation deadlines:
- Ownership of property within 120 days of Reservation date, if applicable;
- Substantially commence within 12 months from Reservation date; and
- Complete project within 3 years from Reservation date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A Qualified District Investor is an entity or individual making capitalized Qualified Real Property
Investments (QRPI) for the rehabilitation, expansion, or new construction of a commercial, residential, mixed-use, or industrial building or facility located within the boundaries of a District.
- Owners of real property (occupant and non-occupant)
- Tenants making capitalized leasehold improvements may apply with owner’s permission
- Investors can be for-profit developers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and homeowners

Federal, state, and local government agencies and quasi-governmental organizations are ineligible to participate in the rebate program in any form including as the owner, developer, and/or tenant of real property.

Small Project investors and/or investments must meet the following additional minimum threshold requirements to be eligible to participate in the DDD Small Project set-aside:
- QRPI between $25,000 and $350,000;
- Investment must be completed within 12 months from the issue date of the initial building permit or construction commencement date; and
- Work performed must be continuous in nature with no gaps in construction activity for greater than 60 days.

Large Project investors and/or investments must meet the following additional minimum threshold requirements to be eligible to participate in DDD Large Project set-aside:
- QRPI must be in excess of $350,000.
- Investor must demonstrate the ability to complete investment within three (3) years from the date of Reservation.
- Investor must demonstrate the ability for investment to substantially commence within one (1) year from the date of Reservation.
- Investments cannot be more than 50% complete at time of Reservation application. DSHA will verify the percentage of completion through documentation and physical inspection of the investment property.
- Investments with more than 35% of the estimated QRPI completed prior to the date the real property location is officially incorporated within the boundary of the designated District are ineligible for rebate consideration. DSHA will verify the percentage of completion through documentation and physical inspection of the property.

Costs associated with work performed or materials purchased prior to a District’s designation are ineligible for rebate consideration.

For additional information about ineligible costs, see:
http://www.destatehousing.com/Developers/developermedia/ddd_guidelines.pdf#page=9

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- Large Project Reservation Applications: Due January 28, 2022 by no later than 4:00 p.m.
- Small Project Rebate Applications: Accepted on a rolling basis, subject to funding availability.

DSHA reviews applications on a first-come, first-served basis and has up to 60 days, after all documentation is received, to process rebates. During the review process, DSHA will contact investors if any clarifications or additional documentation is needed.

The District Pool is allocated based on the populations of each District. For a full breakdown, see http://www.destatehousing.com/Developers/developermedia/ddd_guidelines.pdf#page=5

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the completed application package to Appdocs@destatehousing.com.

For questions or application assistance, contact:

Susan Eliason, Community Development Manager
E-mail: SusanE@destatehousing.com
Phone: (302) 739-4263, ext. 246
Direct: (302) 739-0246

Tunisha Scott, Community Development Analyst II
E-mail: Tunisha@destatehousing.com
Phone: (302) 739-4263, ext. 221
Direct: (302) 739-0221

Brittany Klecan, Community Development Analyst I
E-mail: Brittany@destatehousing.com
Phone: (302) 739-4263, ext. 205
Direct: (302) 739-0205

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware: The Downtown Development Districts of Dover, Seaford, Wilmington, Georgetown, Harrington, Laurel, Milford, Smyrna, Clayton, Delaware City, Middletown, and City of New Castle

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