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Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus Funds (CDBG-CV)

What are CARES Act CDBG-CV funds?

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has allocated supplemental CDBG Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the state CDBG program at Commerce. The CDBG-CV funding will be provided to Commerce in up to three separate funding rounds.

Who will receive CDBG-CV funds from Commerce?

The first $7.7 million CDBG-CV1 allocation is granted to CDBG nonentitlement city and county governments (cities with less than 50,000 population and not part of a CDBG entitlement urban county CDBG program; and counties with less than 200,000 in population excluding entitlement cities).

The second $23 million CDBG-CV2 allocation is granted for eligible, CDBG entitlement and nonentitlement city and county government, and state activities based on COVID-19 factors prioritized by HUD, state and local governments. Additional details will be added as further guidance is provided by HUD.

A third CARES Act allocation is anticipated to be distributed by HUD to states and units of local government on a rolling basis, at the discretion of the HUD Secretary, with formula factors to be defined by HUD. It is uncertain whether the state of Washington will receive a portion of this allocation.


CDBG-CV1 grants fund local public services and microenterprise assistance programs; and public health, emergency response, or temporary housing facilities that address COVID-19 impacts, and grant administration. Here is the CDBG-CV1 Eligible Activities Guide (PDF). CDBG funded activities must benefit low- and moderate-income persons or meet the CDBG urgent need national objective criteria.

How do eligible cities and counties apply for CDBG-CV1 funds?

Here is the CDBG-CV1 application roadmap.

  • Submit the CDBG-CV1 application through ZoomGrants by September 3, 2020 for full funding consideration. Late applications may be accepted with CDBG approval.
  • Only ZoomGrants accounts and log-ins created by eligible local governments (cities, towns or counties) are valid for application submission.
  • Once the account is created, the eligible local government can invite collaborators to assist with completing the application. 
  • Recommendation:  The applicant local government should schedule the CDBG public hearing as soon as possible, as they begin working on their application. See the CDBG-CV1 Citizen Participation Guide.

The following resources describe how to create a ZoomGrants account and start a CDBG-CV1 application. The actual CDBG grant application may differ than the information shown in the example slides.

Using ZoomGrants to Apply for CDBG-CV1 Grant
ZoomGrants Applicant Slideshow 
CDBG-CV1 ZoomGrants Application Preview


CDBG Content Related Questions
Jon Galow, CDBG Program 

ZoomGrants Technical Questions
Tech Support Desk
866-323-5404 ext. 2

What is the maximum CDBG-CV1 grant amount and how are funds distributed?

The population-based approach distributes funds equitably across the state and targets low- and moderate-income populations. The maximum CDBG-CV1 grant amount depends on whether a consortium is established or not. The CDBG-CV1 consortium approach supports local/regional services and assistance programs, builds on local grant administration capacity, allows flexibility to respond to state and local COVID-19 priorities. Potential county consortium totals and specific jurisdiction allotments are in the applicable CDBG-CV1 Fund Distribution listTo receive maximum funds through a CDBG-CV1 consortium, review the CDBG-CV1 Consortium Guide (PDF) and use this CDBG-CV1 Funding Request Worksheet (Excel). 

The grant options are summarized below. Given the need to expedite CDBG-CV funds, Commerce has combined the CDBG-CV1 allotments by county (each city allotment added with the county‘s allotment) in this list, and will accept this county-wide consortium grant request from the county, unless the participating cities in that county or the county request otherwise. 

CDBG-CV1 Grant Option

Grantee Recipient


Service Area

Entity providing assistance to service area residents, or managing project

Total CDBG-CV1 Award




Single city

City grantee or a subrecipient serving city area

Up to $13 per city LMI population*




Single county

County grantee or a subrecipient serving county area

County population formula amount**


County or city


2 or more counties and cities

County or City grantee, or a subrecipient serving the combined areas

Combined county population formula amounts**,
PLUS $13 per city LMI population*,
PLUS $1,000 for each consortium city or county (not including grant recipient)

* City amount = $13 per LMI population based on HUD LMI percentage or CDBG approved income survey ** County amount = $3 million distributed based on population (including nonentitlement cities), with a minimum of $8,000 for counties under 5,000 population.

How do people or businesses impacted by COVID-19 access the assistance?

The CDBG-funded services and programs may be offered directly by the local government CDBG recipient or they may pass the funds to a subrecipient service provider. So contact your local government, community action program, or associate development organization to learn if CDBG-funded assistance or other resources are available, and the qualifications. CDBG assistance is for persons with low- and moderate-incomes, and microenterprises (small businesses with five or fewer employees, with one being the owner).

When do the funds begin and end?

CDBG-CV funds may reimburse allowable costs incurred by the grantee recipient or subrecipient for approved activities related to COVID-19 beginning March 27, 2020 (CARES Act authorization date). The funds must be expended in a timely manner to address immediate needs. The grantee recipient’s CDBG-CV contract will establish the end date, which could extend to June 30, 2022.