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General Purpose  Grants


2016 CDBG Application Workshops 

The Department of Commerce will hold CDBG 
application workshops Tuesday, March 22, 2016
in Moses Lake and Thursday, March 24, 2016 in
Olympia to provide information for
eligible jurisdictions served by the state CDBG
program.  Application due date is  June 1, 2016. 
Application materials will be available 
on the website after the workshops.  


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 

Funds Available

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. 

Eligibility Guidelines  

  • 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. 

Application Process 

The 2015 application period is closed.  We are currently developing the 2016 application handbook.  Use this application handbook as a guide for reference use ONLY.  2015 General Purpose Grant Application Handbook

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