The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously-run programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD's National Objectives
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development national objectives for CDBG programs are to:
Benefit low- and moderate-income persons
Prevent or eliminate slums or blight
Address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available
Common Fund Uses
HUD provides CDBG to both larger cities or consortiums (called entitlements) and to state governments to grant the formula dollars to smaller cities within that state. Some of the common uses of CDBG funds include:
Acquisition of property for public purposes
Construction or reconstruction of streets
Water and sewer facilities
Neighborhood centers, recreation facilities, and other public works
Rehabilitation of public and private buildings
Assistance to nonprofit entities for community development activities
Assistance to private, for-profit entities to carry out economic development activities (including Assistance to micro-enterprises)
Eligibility to Apply for the City of Xenia's CDBG Formula
Any governmental agency or non-profit organization is eligible to apply for a Community Development Block Grant based on the proposed eligibility and availability of funds for the specific entitlement year. Funding fluctuates; however the Xenia allocation of FY 2015 CDBG formula was $86,000.
Citizens Participation Plan
The City of Xenia adopts a Citizens Participation Plan that outlines how the City will inform its citizens about funding availability through HUD funding. Read the most recent Citizens Participation Plan.
Programs or Projects Likely to Receive Funding
Eligible programs or projects must meet HUD standards to qualify for grant funding, for example:
The program must meet a national objective
The program must benefit 51 % or greater low- and moderate-income residents
The project must specifically address slum and blight.