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.

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.

Funds Available
Up to $1.7 million is available for local governments either with Craft3 to subsidize a private economic development loan, or to directly grant economic development projects providing a public benefit.

Eligibility Guidelines

• Job creation activities require an Employment and Training Agreement to ensure at least 51% of the jobs are made available to low- and moderate-income persons.

• Following declared disasters with documented economic impact, Economic Opportunity Grants may be available to fund disaster recovery services through amendments to existing CDBG Public Services Grant contracts.

• Grants awarded to the local government applicant to fund Craft3 economic development loans require a funding agreement to establish the flow of funds, roles and responsibilities.

Application Process

1. An Economic Opportunity Grant application may be submitted at any time, but will be awarded on the basis of available funds.

2. To fund disaster recovery services, eligibility must be confirmed before a public services application supplement is submitted.

3. CDBG staff review the application for eligibility and evaluate the application against a high score standard for award.

For more information contact Kaaren Roe at 360-725-3018 or Kaaren.Roe@commerce.wa.gov.

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 in 2018 for CDBG Housing Enhancement Grants.

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.

CDBG Housing Enhancement Grants cannot be used for new housing construction, equipment, furnishings, personal property, or luxury items.

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

Application Process

1. The initial CDBG Housing Enhancement Grant request forms are submitted within a project’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) stage two application with the CDBG Housing Enhancement Grant request also included in the project’s HTF application budget.

2. HTF staff review the application to determine HTF eligibility and ranking for funding. CDBG staff review the application to determine CDBG eligibility and financial need for grant funding.

3. If the project is awarded HTF funds and meets the CDBG eligibility criteria, the local government is notified of the potential CDBG award and then must submit the remaining CDBG application materials, which includes public hearing documentation, community demographics, floodplain review, and various certifications of compliance.

4. Once all CDBG application parts are submitted and CDBG eligibility is confirmed, a Housing Enhancement Grant is awarded to the local government. The local government establishes a subrecipient agreement with the HTF applicant and coordinates project funding.

For more information contact Genny Matteson at 360-725-3093 or Genny.Matteson@commerce.wa.gov.

Public Services Grants

CDBG Public Services Grants are available to up to 17 non-entitlement counties throughout Washington State to support partnerships with regional Community Action Programs to 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 Process

1. 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.

2. Counties and service providers submit a CDBG application describing the proposed services and benefit to low- and moderate-income persons.

3. The 2018 CDBG Public Services Grant application period closed on April 1, 2018. Material for the next Application Cycle will be available in February 2019 with applications due April 1, 2019.

4. CDBG staff review the application for eligibility and completeness, and execute grant contracts on July 1.

For more information, contact Jeff Hinckle at 360-725-3060 or Jeff.Hinckle@commerce.wa.gov.

Imminent Threat Grants

As of July 1, 2017, CDBG Imminent Threat Grants are no longer available. Other potential funding sources for emergency drinking water and wastewater projects are listed in IACC’s Funding Program Summary.

Planning-only Grants

As of May 1, 2016, the CDBG Planning-Only Grants are no longer a separate fund with a separate application process. Planning-only activities are now funded through the annual CDBG General Purpose Grant application process.

Program Links

Resources

Need help?

Kaaren Roe, Section Manager
Kaaren.Roe@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3018

Jacquie Andresen, Project Manager
Jacquie.Andresen@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3017

Laurie Dschaak, Grant Specialist
Laurie.Dschaak@commerce.wa.gov]
Phone: 360-725-5020

Jeff Hinckle, Project Manager
Public Services and Planning Activities
Jeff.Hinckle@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3060

Sheila Lee-Johnston, CDBG State Expert
Sheila.Lee-Johnston@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3009

Genny Matteson, Project Manager
Housing Activities
Genny.Matteson@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3093

Michelle Reilly, Project Manager
Michelle.Reilly@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-2725