General Purpose Grants
2016 Application Handbook Forms and Certifications
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
Approximately $9,000,000 is available for CDBG General Purpose Grants in 2016. The maximum grant amount is $750,000.
- 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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