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2014 General Purpose Grant Awards

The Washington State Department of Commerce
announced that 15 cities and counties will receive
a total of more than $9.5 million in Community
Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2014. The
15 projects were selected from 39 grant
applications requesting over $24 million. 
They will improve rural water, sewer and street
systems; support affordable housing; construct
fire stations; and renovate a homeless service
facility. 
 
 
 

2014 General Purpose Grant - Applications Received

Below is a summary of the 2014 CDBG General Purpose Grant applications received in June. Funding requests came to more than $23 million. The amount available is approximately $9 million. CDBG staff are currently reviewing the applications and will announce awards in mid-September. 
 

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. 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 

Funds Available

Approximately $9,500,000 was available for General Purpose Grants in 2014. 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 2014 applications were due June 19, 2014.  The 2014 grant application cycle is closed. 

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