Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

Community Development Block Grant project

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 grants.

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.

List and map of local governments served by state CDBG program 

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 subrecipient and partner with an eligible city, town or county applicant. 

Eligible Project Tests 
CDBG Eligible Activities 

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

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

Now accepting applications for 2024 General Purpose Grants.

Commerce currently has $2 million available and anticipates an additional $11 million in fall 2024 to help fund priority local projects throughout Washington that benefit low- and moderate- income people. Grants will be awarded on a fund’s available basis. Maximum grant award up to $2 million based on project type. 

Please review the 2024 General Purpose Grant application materials before applying. 

The state CDBG program annually awards Public Services Grants to 17 non-entitlement counties throughout Washington State. These grants support partnerships with regional community action agencies that provide services to address the root causes of poverty, and help low-income families and individuals regain or retain self-sufficiency. 

For the 2024 Public Services Grant program year (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025), eligible counties will receive the 2024 CDBG Public Services Grant Amounts through a contract amendment as supplemental funding.

Contact your CDBG contract manager to amend your Public Services Grant contract.