General Purpose Grants

2018 CDBG General Purpose Grant Materials Are Available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 General Purpose Grants cycle. Grants assist Washington State small cities, towns, and counties in carrying out significant community and economic development projects principally benefiting low- and moderate-income persons. Application deadline is June 1, 2018.

2018 General Purpose Grant Application Handbook. Application Deadline is June 1, 2018.

Affordability Review (Excel) Form for rate-based projects.

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.

Under limited circumstances, a local government could submit up to four unrelated General Purpose Grant applications each annual funding cycle. One for construction/acquisition, one for microenterprise assistance, one for housing rehabilitation, and one for planning-only activities.