On December 8, 1997, the Board of Supervisors adopted the revised Fairfax County Citizen Participation Plan for the Consolidated Plan. This included combining the funding processes for Community Funding Pool (CFP) which includes Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds with the funding process for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under the County's Consolidated Plan. The Board of Supervisors' adoption of the revised Citizen Participation Plan for the Consolidated Plan also included establishment of a new citizen committee (the Consolidated Community Funding Advisory Committee) to replace the existing Consolidated Plan Review Committee and the former Community Funding Implementation Team.
The establishment of CCFAC is consistent with recommendations made by the Community Funding Implementation Team (CFIT) in its October 1997 report to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to combine Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds with other local funding into a consolidated selection and administration process for the Year 2000. This consolidated planning and funding process was also supported by the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee and the Community Action Advisory Board, the two advisory groups charged with oversight of the federal CDBG and CSBG funding processes respectively.
As part of federal requirements for receipt of CDBG funds, a five year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consolidated Plan includes several federal funding programs (CDBG, HOME, Emergency Solutions Grants, as well as a description for the Continuum of Care for homeless services and programs. In addition, an annual Community Action Plan is submitted each spring as required to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and identifies criteria for use of CSBG funding.
Role and Responsibilities
The role and responsibilities of the CCFAC will be to:
- Solicit community input on all facets of the Consolidated Plan and funding priorities
- Advise the Board of Supervisors on the development and implementation of the federally required Consolidated Plan
- Advise the Board of Supervisors on issues relating to the coordinated funding process:
- Policy considerations
- Funding priorities
- Selection criteria
- Performance measures
- Coordinate with the Community Action Advisory Board in implementation of the CSBG process
- Implement the combined solicitation process and, if deemed appropriate, make comments on Selection Advisory Committee recommendations forwarded by the County Executive to the Board of Supervisors
- Monitor the Consolidated Plan process and report to the Board of Supervisors on its effectiveness relative to defined goals
- Consider and evaluate the potential for including other County and community processes in the Consolidated Plan process.
Based on the comments received from citizens through needs hearing(s) and other community input strategies from interested nonprofit, ecumenical, business and other civic organizations, citizens and County agencies, the CCFAC will recommend funding priorities and policies for this local coordinated grants award process. The CCFAC and the combined solicitation process for CCFP and CDBG will be supported by an interagency team of assigned staff of the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Procurement and Material Management, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and the Department of Family Services.
Terms of Membership
The CCFAC is a "board of boards", whose members are nominated by County Boards, Authorities, and Commissions and by community organizations, and appointed by the County Executive. CCFAC members serve for a term of three years, and can be reappointed to successive terms indefinitely.
To avoid conflicts of interest members of the CCFAC must not have a formal relationship (i.e. board member, staff or contract or provide services for fee) with any non-profit entity applying for funding through any source of funds included in the Consolidated Plan.