Community Development Block Grant project

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

Material for the next application cycle will be available in March 2020 with applications due June 3, 2020. For reference purposes only, please see the 2019 General Purpose Grant Application Handbook, including forms and instructions. General Purpose Grant applications will be submitted online using ZoomGrants for the 2020 grant cycle.

Public Services Grant Application – The 2018 CDBG Public Services Grant Application period closed on April 8, 2019. Material for the next Application Cycle will be available in February 2020, with applications due April 10, 2019.

Economic Opportunity Grant Application – Applications accepted year-round on a funds-available basis.

Housing Enhancement Grant Application – Applications accepted through the Housing Trust Fund application process

Is my project eligible?

Local and Indian CDBG Programs

Contact information for urban 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.