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General Purpose Grants


The CDBG 2016 General Purpose Grant Application Handbook is available.  Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2016.​



2016 Application Handbook Forms and Certifications  


Project Summary

Low- and Moderate-Income Benefit Documentation

Low- and Moderate-Income Requirements

Community Demographics

Title VI Certification

Resolution with Certifications of Compliance

Citizen Participation Documentation

Contact List

Floodplain Review

Affordability Review  (Excel)
Planning-Only Activities Regulatory Review Forms
Construction and Acquisition
Local Assistance Programs
Planning-Only Activities
Budget Assumptions & Instructions
Project Budget (Construction, Acquisition, and Local Assistance Programs)

Project Budget (Planning-Only Activities)
Project Budget Instructions
Operations Budget (Community and Fire Protection Facilities Only)

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).  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 $9,000,000 is available for CDBG General Purpose Grants in 2016. The maximum grant amount is $750,000. 

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. 



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