Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP)
$4 million has been made available for continuation of the Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP) for fiscal year 2020-2021. The Office of Community Development (OCD) 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.
Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF)
$4 million has been made available for the continuation of the Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF) for fiscal year 2020-2021. CWEF was established in the 2008 Louisiana regular legislative session by way of HB 926 (Act 513). Its intent is to provide a source of funding to aid units of local government solely for the purpose of rehabilitation, improvement, and construction projects for community water systems to provide safe and clean drinking water.
$400,000 has been set-aside in each of the programs for projects determined to be of an emergency nature that affect the health and safety of residents of an area. The ceiling amount for an individual emergency grant is $200,000. The emergency situation must have occurred within 3 months of application submission. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. Local governments interested in applying for these funds should first contact Jeff Tessier in the Office of Community Development to discuss the proposed project. If it is determined by the Office of Community Development that the proposed project meets the intent of the program, the local government will be invited to submit an application.