Community Development Block Grants/Special Purpose Grants/Insular Areas


To provide community development assistance to the Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. Each activity funded must meet one of the program's National Objectives by: Benefiting low- and moderate-income families; aiding in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available.

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; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93-383, 42 U.S.C. 5306(a)(2)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or "CARES Act", Title Division B, Title XII, Public Law 116-136
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Island Governments of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The principal beneficiaries of CDBG funds are low and moderate income persons. Low and moderate income is generally defined as 80 percent of the median income for the territory, as adjusted by family size.
Grantees must certify that they will comply with program requirements as specified in 24 CFR Part 91.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR Part 200 applies to this program. In addition to the CARES Act deadline provisions and subject to the availability of annual and emergency appropriations, an applicant is encouraged to submit its final statement of activities no later than 45 days before the start of its program year.
Award Procedure
The Honolulu Field Office and the HUD San Juan Field Office are responsible for reviewing each consolidated plan or abbreviated consolidated plan and approving them if the submissions are in accordance with 24 CFR 91 and the certifications are acceptable to HUD.
Subject to the availability of annual and emergency appropriations, an applicant is encouraged to submit its final statement of activities no later than 45 days before the start of its program year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
45 days.
The procedure is described in regulations (24 CFR Part 570 Subpart O).
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Activities must be eligible under 24 CFR 570 Subpart C. Additionally, recipients of CDBG-CV funds are urged to use this funding in a coordinated effort with local public health authorities, emergency management offices, and other public safety authorities before undertaking any activity to support local pandemic response. Recipients may undertake a wide range of activities directed toward assisting their community to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. Examples include public services designed to increase the capacity of the local health system to address the pandemic; emergency income payment programs to assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families with items such as food, clothing, housing, or utilities for a period of up to three consecutive months; interim assistance activities to address the public health emergency, such as “pop-up,” temporary coronavirus testing sites; grants or loans to businesses to avoid or mitigate job losses caused by business loss due to social distancing guidelines; assistance to microenterprises or other for-profit entities when the recipient determines that the provision of such assistance is appropriate to carry out critical medical, food delivery, cleaning, and other services to support home health and quarantine; assistance for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or construction of facilities for coronavirus testing, diagnosis, or treatment; and coronavirus planning and capacity building activities. Insular areas develop their own programs and funding priorities as long as programs/activities conform to the statutory standards and program regulations. Specific statutory provisions of CDBG-CV funds include the suspension of the Housing and Community Development Act provision that caps expenditures for public services activities; the submission of the Consolidated Housing and Community Development Strategy and Plan (Con Plan) for use of CDBG-CV funds no later than August 16, 2021; the ability of a grantee to adopt and use expedited procedures to prepare, propose, modify, or amend its annual statement of activities (Annual Action Plan) to provide citizens with notice and a reasonable opportunity to comment of no less than five days; the suspension of in-person public hearings and the adoption of virtual public hearings to fulfill public hearing requirements for the use of all funds made available under the CARES Act as long as national or local health authorities recommend social distancing and limiting public gatherings for public health reasons; and the requirement that adequate procedures are in place to prevent duplication of benefits as required by the Stafford Act and in accordance with Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. Recipients may contract with other local agencies or nonprofit organizations to carry out part or all of their programs. Community-based development organizations may carry out neighborhood revitalization, community economic development or energy conservation projects to further achieve the national objectives of the CDBG program. CDBG-CV funds may be used to cover or reimburse allowable costs consistent with preventing, preparing for, and responding to coronavirus incurred by a locality regardless of the date on which such costs were incurred. All eligible activities must either 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: Program performance monitoring is conducted by field office staff based on risk analysis factors.
Not applicable.
All records applicable to the assistance project must be kept for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until all audit findings have been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available until project completion. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Honolulu Field Office and the HUD San Juan Field Office as listed in Appendix IV of the print edition of this Catalog. Or on the Internet, see:
Headquarters Office
Robert C. Peterson
451 7th Street SW, Room 7282
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: 202-402-4211
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$10,000,000.00; FY 23 est $7,000,000.00; FY 24 est $7,000,000.00; FY 21$7,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
CDBG Funds allocated in FY 2023: American Samoa $1,029,433; Guam $3,185,755; Northern Marianas $980,125; Virgin Islands $1,804,687
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR 570, 24 CFR Part 91, 24 CFR Part 58
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.