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Community Development Block Grant

CDBG Program Summary

The Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG – Small Cities) is one of the longest running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG is a grant given to states to provide to local governments (towns, cities and counties) and is distributed through a need-based formula. The primary objective of Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 is to develop sustainable satisfactory communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities (principally for persons of low to moderate income).

CDBG Program Benefits

Most CDBG-Small Cities’ funding is used for infrastructure development – water and sewage, building subsidized housing, etc. Currently there are 47 infrastructure projects throughout the state which represents an investment of approximately $50 million worth investment in infrastructure improvements.

CDBG Funding

The amount of CDBG funding varies annually depending on appropriations by Congress. The 2016 allocation was $12,520,351. The annual allocation has varied from around $15 million in 2011 to more than $12 million in 2016. On average that is around $13 million a year.

Source of Funds:

  • Federal Agency – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • CFDA Number and Name – 14.288: CDBG

Funding Cycle – Applications and awards proceed on an annual basis, with applications generally due in May and awards generally announced in December.

Authorizing Legislation/Statute – Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974