General Purpose Grants
2015 General Purpose
Commerce has announced Community Development
Block Grant Program awards. Fifteen cities and
counties will receive a total of more than $9.1 in
General Purpose Grants for 2015.
General Purpose Grant Program
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
General Purpose Grants are made available
annually through a competitive application
process to assist Washington State small cities, towns and counties in carrying out significant community and economic development projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The Washington State CDBG Program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the state CDBG Program is to improve the economic, social and physical environment of eligible, non-entitlement cities and counties to enhance the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents, and as a result, benefit the entire community. Examples of eligible General Purpose Grant activities include:
- Public facilities such as water, wastewater and streets
- Community facilities, such as community centers, fire stations, homeless shelters and child care facilities
- Economic development, such as microenterprise assistance and public infrastructure
- Affordable housing and housing rehabilitation
Approximately $8,500,000 is available for General Purpose Grants in 2015. The maximum grant amount is $750,000 or $1 million if higher funding criteria are met.
- Eligible applicants are Washington State cities and towns with less than 50,000 in population or counties with less than 200,000 population not participanting in a CDBG Entitlement Urban County Consortium.
- Special purpose districts, public housing authorities, port districts, community action agencies, economic development councils, other non-profit organizations, and Indian tribes are not eligible to apply directly to the state CDBG Program for funding, but may be a partner in projects and subrecipient of funding through eligible jurisdictions.
- Projects must principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons, or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight.
- Local governments may submit only one application each annual funding cycle, unless one of the applications is for local micro-enterprise assistance.
The 2015 application period is closed. Use this application handbook as a guide for reference use only if you plan to apply in 2016.
2015 General Purpose Grant Application Handbook
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