General Purpose Grant
2014 CDBG Application Workshops
Commerce will be conducting CDBG application
workshops in April. The purpose is to provide
information on how to access funds for public
facilities, community facilities, economic
development and housing projects to
benefit low- and moderate income persons.
Applications are due June 19, 2014.
General Purpose Grant Program Overview
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. Department 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 $9,500,000 is expected to be available for General Purpose Grants in 2014. 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 2013 applications were due January 31, 2013. The 2014 application materials and workshop information will be available April 2014 and due June 2014.
2013 General Purpose Grant Awards
The Washington State Department of Commerce announced 14 cities and counties to receive a total of more than $9 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2013. The 14 projects were selected from 34 grant applications requesting over $23 million. They will improve rural water, sewer and street systems; support affordable housing; and construct food bank, health and senior service facilities.
• City of Colville - $600,000 for a new senior center
• Town of Concrete - $1,000,000 to construct a new fire and safety facility.
• Town of Coulee City - $500,000 for a new water reservoir
• Town of Creston - $750,000 for a new water reservoir
• City of Forks - $600,000 to renovate hospital emergency facilities
• City of Goldendale - $750,000 for street, sidewalk and utility improvements
• Klickitat County - $750,000 for water system consolidation and improvements
• Town of LaCrosse - $300,000 for wastewater treatment facility improvements
• City of Leavenworth - $750,000 to extend water and sewer to affordable housing
• Town of Lind - $503,000 for water system improvements
• City of Port Angeles - $750,000 for infrastructure improvements for affordable housing
• City of Tekoa - $285,500 to replace sewer lines
• City of Toledo - $1,000,000 for wastewater treatment facility improvements
• City of Vader - $716,787 for sewer system improvements
• Whatcom County - $750,000 to expand regional food bank distribution facility
The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and targets assistance to benefit lower income persons in rural areas. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded more than $457 million in grants to over 1,250 locally prioritized community development projects. CDBG partners with other state, federal, local and private resources to leverage over 65 percent of project costs. Funding to provide flexible gap funding for these important community projects continues to be under pressure from federal budget reductions. Since 2010, the CDBG program has faced a 30% reduction.
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