CDBG General Purpose Grants

Workers in Yakima County install a new water tank.

2017 CDBG General Purpose Grants Awarded to 23 Communities

More than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) will fund 25 projects in 23 rural Washington communities this year. These projects were selected from 37 grant applications requesting over $18 million. They will improve rural water, sewer, streets and fire protection systems; support affordable housing; and complete community planning. Click here to see the list of awards.

General Purpose Grants

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

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 participating 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.

Program Links



Need Help?

Kaaren Roe
Section Manager
Phone: 360-725-3018

Phyllis Cole, Project Manager
General Purpose Grant Applications
Phone: 360-725-4001

Laurie Dschaak
Project Manager]
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