Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) - Specialty Grants

The Washington State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program sets aside limited funds for the following specialty grants to assist specific types of projects: Economic Opportunity, Housing Enhancement, and Public Services.

The state CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Who can apply

  • Eligible applicants are rural Washington State cities, towns with populations less than 50,000, or counties with populations less than 200,000 that are not participants in a HUD Urban County Entitlement Consortium.
  • Non-profit organizations, Indian tribes, and special purpose organizations such as public housing authorities, port districts, community action agencies, and economic development councils, are not eligible to apply directly to the CDBG Program for funding, but may be partners in projects and subrecipients of funding through eligible jurisdictions.

Public Services Grants

CDBG Public Services Grants are administered by 17 non-entitlement counties throughout Washington State to support partnerships with regional Community Action Programs. Public Services Grants fund: new services, expansion of existing services, implementation of innovative service delivery, and targeting new clients. These grants address the root causes of poverty, and help poor families and individuals regain or retain self-sufficiency.

Application Information

Annual award amounts are allocated by a formula based on service area population, poverty rate, and the amount available from the state’s annual award from HUD.

Invitations to complete a CDBG Public Services grant application will be sent directly to eligible, participating jurisdictions in late February 2022.

Application Resources

For more information contact Jeff Hinckle at 360-605-2402 or

Economic Opportunity Grants

CDBG Economic Opportunity Grants assist eligible, rural Washington State cities and counties with economic resilience and developments projects including job creation, microenterprise assistance, energy-related, and disaster recovery activities that promote vibrant communities and principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

Economic Opportunity (EO) Grant Funds have been exhausted at this time.

For more information contact Jon Galow at 509-847-5021 or

Housing Enhancement Grants

CDBG Housing Enhancement Grants are awarded to eligible rural Washington State cities and counties as supplemental project financing for necessary off-site infrastructure and related facility costs to improve the affordability of new Housing Trust Fund (HTF) housing projects in their communities.

Funds Available

Approximately $200,000 is available until June 2022. The Housing Enhancement set-aside will not be available beginning July 1, 2022. Eligible applicants can apply for the CDBG General Purpose grants for necessary off-site infrastructure and non-housing facility costs of a new housing project.

Eligibility Guidelines

CDBG Housing Enhancement Grants are available for project costs not eligible for HTF financing, but essential to the project’s overall success. Eligible costs could include off-site infrastructure costs or non-housing facility costs integral to a comprehensive housing project.

Projects must principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

For more information contact Jon Galow at 509-847-5021 or