All applications received from applicants
will be reviewed to determine the merit of the applications and the proposed
use of funds. In determining whether an eligible applicant shall receive a
grant award, the following criteria will be considered:
Project applications will be reviewed based upon enhancement
of multi-county or regional economic development opportunities including, but
not limited to, numbers and types of jobs to be retained and/or created; impact
on the state, regional and community tax base; likelihood of success in leading
to the retention of jobs within the multi-county or regional area or enhanced
job creation; improved regional competitiveness, long-term economic viability,
or other regional impacts identified by the applicant; degree of local
commitment and financial support; total private capital investment; level of
need evidenced by regional poverty and unemployment rates, fiscal capacity of
participating governments, and other demographic factors; consistency with the
region's economic development goals and objectives; capacity of the
implementing organization; project readiness; project feasibility; and
reasonableness of cost estimates.
(2) All applications for funding from this
program must provide written certification from the applicant, addressed to the
Department, to the effect that the applicant is authorized under the laws of
the State to carry out the project and activities that are the subject of the
application and that the proposed expenditure of funds is in accordance with
all applicable legal requirements.
(3) In its review of applications, the
Department may, at its discretion, consult with other individuals or agencies
as appropriate for the purpose of receiving advice.
(4) These guidelines are designed to assist
the Department in making its decision and only constitute minimum standards.
Additional factors may be considered depending on the nature of particular
projects, their relative merit and the availability of funding at the time of
application. For certain consolidation proposals, funding limits, match
requirements, and applicant eligibility requirements may be waived upon
recommendation by the Commissioner of Community Affairs. The decision that the
Department makes shall be final and conclusive.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
and Appropriations Act.
description entitled "Review of Grant Applications" submitted
August 19, 1997.