Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

The CDBG program improves the economic, social and physical environment of eligible, rural cities and counties to enhance the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents, thereby strengthening the entire community. The CDBG Program offers General Purpose and Specialty grants.

Who can apply?

Small, rural cities/towns and counties that are not entitled to receive CDBG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can apply for a state CDBG grant.

Cities and towns with population less than 50,000, not participating in a CDBG Entitlement Urban County Consortium; and counties with populations less than 200,000.

Map of local governments served by state CDBG program (PDF)

List of local governments served by state CDBG program (PDF)

Special purpose districts, public housing authorities, 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 and sub-recipient in projects of funding with an eligible city/town or county applicant.

What can be funded?

The CDBG program can fund a wide range of activities (PDF) including:

• Sewer, water, streets/sidewalks and other infrastructure
• Community facilities
• Economic development, local micro-enterprise assistance programs
• Housing rehabilitation, infrastructure in support of affordable housing
• Planning
• Public Services

Activities must principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Low- and moderate-income is defined as 80 percent of county median income. Applicants may submit one request per fund each program year.

When to apply

General Purpose Grant Application – Due June 1, 2018

Public Services Grant Application – Due April 6, 2018

Economic Opportunity Grant Application – Due date unknown at this time; dependent on the State capital budget.

Housing Enhancement Grant Application – Due date unknown at this time; dependent on the State capital budget.

Is my project eligible?

Loan and Indian CDBG Programs

Contact information for city and county CDBG Entitlement Programs (PDF) that receive CDBG funds directly from HUD rather than through the state.

See this link for contact information for the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program offered directly from HUD.

Program links


Need help?

Kaaren Roe
Section Manager
Phone: 360-725-3018

Laurie Dschaak
Grant Specialist]
Phone: 360-725-5020

Arlene Escobar
Project Manager
Phone: 360-725-2725

Jeff Hinckle, Project Manager
Public Services and Planning Activities
Phone: 360-725-3060

Sheila Lee-Johnston
CDBG State Expert
Phone: 360-725-3009

Genny Matteson, Project Manager
Housing Activities
Phone: 360-725-3093