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​Louisiana Government Assistance Program (LGAP)

Eligible Applicants

All Louisiana municipalities and parishes are eligible to apply for funds excluding the HUD entitlement cities:  Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Kenner, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport.
 
Eligible Activities

Fire protection, sewer, water, renovations to essential governmental buildings, police protection, land acquisition, demolition, equipment, roads, drainage, and reasonable engineering costs (10% of grant award for basic engineering services if associated with construction and 3% for inspection services) are eligible for assistance under this program.  

Ineligible Activities
Previously incurred debt, improvements to private property, on-going salaries, overtime for government employees, administration, engineering-only or planning-only projects are not eligible activities under this program. Projects intended for “recreational use” such as playground equipment, park benches/trash receptacles, or walking trails are not eligible.

Grant Amounts

Maximum grant ceiling amounts are based on the following population ranges: 

Villages (1-999) up to $25,000.
Towns (1,000-4,999) up to $35,000.
Cities (5,000-35,000) up to $50,000.
Parishes up to $100,000.  (If a parish’s incorporated communities’ combined maximum ceiling amounts are less than the allocation for the entire parish area, the parish can then apply for more than $100,000.)

Other Requirements

Projects cannot begin until there is a signed contract in place between the awarded local government and the Office of Community Development. Funds will only be reimbursed to the local government once invoices related to the project are submitted for approval by OCD.

All applications will require a resolution of support from the Local Government Agency and a letter of support from the State Senator and the State Representative representing the project area.

Rules

The Administrative Rules for LGAP were published in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act on Nov. 10, 2006.

Application

Click here for the current LGAP application.

Community Water Enrichment Fund (CWEF)

Eligible Activities

Funds awarded can only be used for rehabilitation, improvement, and construction projects for community water systems.

Ineligible Activities

Previously incurred debt, improvements to private property, on-going salaries, overtime for government employees, administration, engineering-only or planning-only projects are not eligible activities under this program. Fire hydrants-only will also be ineligible.  Fire hydrants must be included within a water line rehabilitation or extension project. Generators, hand/power tools, water line locators, heavy-duty equipment used for digging, all chemicals, and incidental supplies are not eligible.

Grant Amounts

Maximum grant ceiling amounts are based on the following population ranges: 

Villages (1-999) up to $25,000.
Towns (1,000-4,999) up to $35,000.
Cities (5,000-35,000) up to $50,000.
Parishes up to $100,000.  (If a parish’s incorporated communities’ combined maximum ceiling amounts are less than the allocation for the entire parish area, the parish can then apply for more than $100,000.)

Rules
The Administrative Rules for CWEF were published in accordance with Act 513 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session.

Application

Click here for the current CWEF application.