Indian Community Development Block Grant Program
The purpose of the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
The program will provide funding for housing rehabilitation, mold remediation, new construction, infrastructure, community facilities, reducing imminent threats, and economic development in tribal communities. HUD awarded $56.5 million to 77 Native American communities throughout the country to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development for residents, including funding construction projects and local jobs. The ICDBG grants helps supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities. The goal of the program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including neighborhoods with decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities. Communities can use the grants to rehab or build new housing; to buy land for housing; for infrastructure projects such as roads, water and sewer facilities; and to spur economic development including jobs.Fiscal Year 2017
The program will provide funding for housing rehabilitation, mold remediation, new construction, infrastructure, community facilities, reducing imminent threats, and economic development in 5400 tribal communities. HUD awarded around $56 million to 80 Native American tribes throughout the country to improve housing conditions and to stimulate economic development in their communities. The ICDBG program helps supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities, from new housing for individual families to community amenities like rec centers or water lines. With a deep need for more affordable housing in tribal communities, most of this year’s project winners will use their ICDBG funds to build homes or to rehabilitate dilapidated housing, in order to alleviate homelessness, relieve overcrowding, and avoid members having to leave their community – spurring jobs and economic development along the way. Many tribes will also use the funds for other community needs.Fiscal Year 2018
3200 tribal communities.
Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Title I, 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants are any Indian tribe, band, group, or nation, including Alaska Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos, and any Alaska native village of the United States which is considered an eligible recipient under Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450) or which had been an eligible recipient under the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972 (31 U.S.C. 1221). Eligible recipients under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act will be determined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and eligible recipients under the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972 are those that have been determined eligible by the Department of Treasury, Office of Revenue Sharing. Tribal organizations which are eligible under Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act may apply on behalf of any Indian tribe, band, group, nation, or Alaska native village eligible under that act for funds under this part when one or more of these entities have authorized the tribal organization to do so through concurring resolutions. Such resolutions must accompany the application for funding. Eligible tribal organizations under Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act will be determined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the Indian Health Service, as appropriate. An applicant must be eligible as an Indian tribe or as a tribal organization, as required by 24 CFR 1003.5, by the application deadline date of the NOFA.
The principal beneficiaries of ICDBG funds are low and moderate income persons. Low and moderate income beneficiary means a family, household, or individual whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, as determined by HUD, with adjustments for smaller and larger households or families. However, HUD may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 80 percent of the median for the area on the basis of HUD's findings that such variations are necessary because of unusually high or low household or family incomes. In reporting income levels to HUD, the applicant must include and identify the distributions of tribal or village income to families, households, or individuals.
Tribal organizations: Tribal organizations applying on behalf of any Indian tribe, band, group, nation, or Alaska native village (see 24 CFR 10003.5) may only do so when one or more of these entities have authorized the tribal organization to do so through concurring resolutions. Such tribal resolutions must accompany the application for funding for both single-purpose and imminent threat grants. Single purpose grants: All applicants for ICDBG single purpose grants must certify by an official tribal resolution that it has met the citizen participation requirements of 24 CFR 1003.604. Imminent threat grants: Applications must include independent verification from a qualified third party not affiliated with the organization that the threat is urgent, exists at present, or will exist very soon and must be addressed immediately to save lives and reduce threats to health and safety. Such third parties could be representatives of the Indian Health Service (IHS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state, county, or local officials, or engineers privately employed.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Single-purpose grants: Each project included in an application that meets the threshold requirements shall be competitively rated within each Area ONAP's jurisdiction under the five following rating factors: capacity, need/extent of the problem, soundness of approach, leveraging of resources, and comprehensiveness and coordination. Additional details regarding the rating factors will be provided in the periodic NOFAs. Area ONAPs will notify applicants of the approval or disapproval of their applications. Grant amounts offered may reflect adjustments made by the Area ONAPs in accordance with 24 CFR 1003.100(b)(2). As soon as the Area ONAP determines that the applicant has complied with any pre-award requirements and absent information which would alter the threshold determinations under 24 CFR 1003.302, the grant will be awarded. The regulations become part of the grant agreement. HUD may impose grant conditions where additional actions or approvals are required before the use of funds. Imminent threat grants: Applications which meet the requirement of 24 CFR 1003.401 may be approved by the Area ONAP without competition in accordance with the applicable requirements of 24 CFR 1003.304. Area ONAP will review applications and then forward it to ONAP Headquarters for final approval. If both offices agree that the area is facing an IT as defined in the ICDBG regulation, the Area ONAP will send a Grant Approval Letter and form HUD-52734, (Funding Approval/Agreement) to the person designated in item 8F of form SF-424 with a copy to the person listed as the authorized representative in item 21 of form SF-424.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Additional approval information: All ICDBG grants: An Area ONAP may approve a grant amount less than the amount requested. In doing so, the Area ONAP may take into account the size of the applicant, the level of demand, the scale of the activity proposed relative to need and operational capacity, the number of persons to be served, the amount of funds required to achieve project objectives, the reasonableness of the project costs, and the administrative capacity of the applicant to complete the activities in a timely manner. Imminent threat grants: Letter to proceed--The Area ONAP may issue the applicant a letter to proceed to incur costs to alleviate imminent threats to health and safety only if the assisted activities do not alter environmental conditions and are for temporary or permanent improvements limited to protection, repair, or restoration actions necessary only to control or arrest the effects of imminent threats or physical deterioration. Reimbursement of such costs is dependent upon HUD approval of the application.
Single purpose grants: HUD will not consider information from applicants after the application deadline. HUD may contact the applicant to clarify other items in its application. HUD will uniformly notify applicants of each curable (correctable) deficiency. A curable deficiency is an error or oversight that if corrected it would not alter, in a positive or negative fashion, the review and rating of the application. Examples of curable deficiencies include inconsistencies in the funding request and failure to submit required certifications. These examples are non-exhaustive. See curable deficiency in definitions section of the NOFA for further information. When HUD identifies a curable deficiency, HUD will notify the authorized representative. The email is the official notification of a curable deficiency. Each applicant must provide accurate email addresses for receipt of these notifications and must monitor their email accounts to determine whether a deficiency notification has been received. The applicant must carefully review the request for cure of deficiency and must provide the response in accordance with the instructions contained in the deficiency notification. The time allowed to correct deficiencies will not exceed 14 calendar days or be less than 48 hours from the date of the email notification. Applicants should review the NOFA for further information For a period of at least 120 days, beginning 30 days after the public announcement of awards under the NOFA, HUD will provide a debriefing related to their application to requesting applicants. A request for debriefing must be made in writing or by email by the authorized official whose signature appears on the SF424 or by his or her successor in office, and be submitted to the point of contact listed in the NOFA. Information provided during a debriefing may include the final score the applicant received for each rating factor, final evaluator comments for each rating factor, and the final assessment indicating the basis upon which funding was approved or denied. Imminent threat grants: Contact the Area ONAP for further questions
How are proposals selected?
Single purpose grants: The NOFA will provide specific information regarding the rating and ranking criteria to be used. NOFAs will define and establish weights for the selection criteria, will specify the maximum points available, and will describe how point awards will be made. Imminent threat grants: HUD will use the criteria defined in 24 CFR 1003.400 to evaluate requests for ICDBG imminent threat funding.
How may assistance be used?
Two types of grants are available under the ICDBG program: single purpose grants and imminent threat grants.
Single purpose grants provide funds for one or more single purpose projects consisting of an activity or set of activities designed to meet a specific community development need. This type of grant is awarded through competition with other single purpose projects. Single purpose ICDBG funds may be used for the following basic eligible activities: acquisition, disposition, public facilities and improvements, clearance activities, public services, interim assistance for addressing signs of physical deterioration, payment of non-Federal share, relocation, payments for loss of rental income, housing services, projects for privately owned utilities, assistance to facilitate economic development, technical assistance, assistance to institutions of higher education, and homeownership assistance. For further information, see 24 CFR 1003 Subpart C-Eligible Activities.
Imminent threat grants alleviate an imminent threat to public health or safety that requires immediate resolution. This type of grant is awarded only after an Area Office of Native American Program (ONAP) determines that such conditions exist and if funds are available for such grants. Funds may only be used to deal with imminent threats that are not recurring nature, represent a unique and unusual circumstance, and impacts an entire service area.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
HUD will review each grantee's performance to determine whether the grantee: complied with the requirements of the statute, 24 CFR Part 1000, the grant agreement and other applicable laws and regulations; carried out its activities substantially as described in its application; made substantial progress in carrying out its approved program; continued capacity to carry out the approved activities in a timely manner; and has the capacity to undertake additional activities funded under this 24 CFR Part 1000.
All ICDBG grants: Any costs paid with ICDBG funds which were not audited previously shall be subject to coverage in the grantee's next single audit performed in accordance with 2 CFR part 200, subpart F. The grantee may be required to repay HUD any disallowed costs based on the results of the audit, or on additional HUD reviews provided for in the closeout agreement.
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
All ICDBG grants: The length of the project period is based on the Implementation Schedule (form HUD-4125) submitted by the applicant and approved by HUD. Costs and planned drawdowns must be incurred during the period of performance identified on the grant award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact appropriate HUD Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) Area Office listed in: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih
Marco C. Santos
451 7th Street SW, Rm. 5156
Washington, DC 20410 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$2,203,000.00; FY 19 est $65,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$58,474,277.00; FY 16$56,582,132.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Single-purpose grants: FY17 range of assistance--$25,000 to $4,100,000 Average of 605,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR Part 1003, "Community Development Block Grants for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages 2 CFR Part 200, "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards Other ICDBG-related policies and guidance can be found at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih/regs
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
The following are examples of funded projects: Single purpose grants: The Karuk Tribe in California will use its award to build a new 4,400-square-foot Workforce Development and Training Center. In Maine, the Penobscot Tribe will build 24 new senior rental housing units that are energy efficient in an apartment-type setting in order to help the unmet need for affordable senior housing. In Texas, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe will improve the public water quality and pipeline-carrying capacity for more 89 homes and 12 nonresidential buildings on the east side of the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation. Imminent threat grant: The Newtok Village received $900,000 to relocate 12 homes from Newtok village to a new village site at Metarvik. A presidentially declared disaster designation was issued for the area in 2014 resulting from several storms along the Bering Sea Coast.