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General Purpose  Grants


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

2016 CDBG Income Limits 

HUD released the 2016 Income Limits for eligible cities,
towns and counties. They are effective March 28, 2016 
for existing and new CDBG projects.  Visit the
FY 2016 Income Limits page on the HUD User website to
access the data and documentation.


2016 Handbook Forms and Certifications  

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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