Community Development Block Grants/Entitlement Grants


To develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Title I, Part 24, Section 570, Public Law 93-383, 42 U.S.C. 5301-5321, Statute 88,633
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Recipients are states; cities in Metropolitan Areas designated by OMB as a central city of the Metropolitan Area; other cities over 50,000 in Metropolitan Areas; and qualified urban counties of at least 200,000 (excluding the population in entitlement cities located within the boundaries of such counties) are eligible to receive CDBG entitlement grants determined by a statutory formula.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The principal beneficiaries of CDBG funds are low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined as a member of a family having an income equal to or less than the Section 8 low income limit established by HUD). The recipient must certify that at least 70 percent of the grant funds received during a 1, 2, or 3-year period, that it designates, are expended for activities that will principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
Receipents must certify they will meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Executive Order 12372 is applicable only where a recipient proposes to use funds for the planning or construction (reconstruction or installation) of water or sewer facilities.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Recipients submit a 5-year Consolidated Plan, an annual action plan, SF Form 424, and certifications to HUD. The Consolidated Plan and annual action plan cover four major formula-distribution HUD Community development programs, including CDBG. The annual action plan must include the local community development objectives and show the proposed use of the funds. If the grantee makes a complete submission within the established deadlines, the Department will make a grant award unless a determination is made by HUD that the grantee's performance is unsatisfactory. HUD will approve the submission generally within 45 days of receipt of the annual action plan and required certifications unless a determination has been made that the grantee has failed to carry out its CDBG program in a timely manner or has failed to conform to the requirements of the statute or other applicable laws. Under such circumstances, HUD may take appropriate actions, including a reduction in the amount of the original formula-allocated grant.
Award Procedure
November 15, 2015 to August 15, 2016 See below. For formula grants, action plans associated with the Consolidated Plan must be submitted based on the grantee's program year, but no earlier than November 15 or no later than August 15 of the fiscal year for which the funds are allocated.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Generally within 45 days.
Administrative appeals process followed if entitlement grant funds are withheld or reduced, or repayment proposed for non-compliance or non-performance.
From 15 to 30 days. Every 3 to 5 years, localities submit a new Consolidated Plan. Each year in between, localities submit an annual action plan and program certifications.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Recipient communities may undertake a wide range of community-based activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and community services, facilities, and improvements. Entitlement communities develop their programs and set their funding priorities in conformance with the statutory standards, program regulations, and other federal requirements. Specific activities that can be carried out with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds include acquisition of real property; relocation; clearance and demolition; rehabilitation of residential and nonresidential structures; provision of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities (which require reviews by the State single point of contact or a Regional Planning Agency in accordance with Executive Order 12372), streets, and neighborhood centers. Within program limitations, CDBG funds can also pay for public services. Recipients may provide assistance to microenterprises or other for-profit entities when the recipient determines that such assistance is appropriate to carry out an economic development project. Community-based development organizations may carry out neighborhood revitalization, community economic development, or energy conservation activities. Each CDBG eligible activity must meet one of three national objectives: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet other community development needs having a particular urgency that the grantee is unable to finance on its own.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Monitoring is "risk-assessment based" with high-risked grantees receiving priority status for monitoring and review.
The auditee may elect to have a program-specific audit conducted under certain limited circumstances.
The recipient must maintain records with regard to eligibility, national objectives, financial management, citizen participation, relocation, other resources, acquisition, housing assistance to dwelling units and households, equal opportunity, environmental impact, labor standards and other requirements set forth in the program regulations. Records shall be retained for a period of four years after submission of the report in which the activity is reported as completed, except as otherwise prescribed in the regulations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 24 Part 570

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program of assistance is for an annual activities, but activities generally may be continued beyond one year until they are deemed completed. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Otis D.Collins,
451 7th Street S.W. Room 7282

Washington,, DC 20410 US
Phone: 202-402-3416
Fax: 202-401-2044
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$3,365,000.00; FY 19 est $3,365,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$3,060,000.00; FY 16$3,060,000.00; - Allocations made to entitled metropolitan cities and urban counties.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
From low of $72,231 to a high of $178,008,585 for New York City; average grant $2,956,494.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Administrative Regulations for Community Development Block Grants, 24 CFR 570.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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