Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a Federally funded program designed to assist local jurisdictions in the implementation of community development initiatives that address the core goals of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. 

The program is intended to develop viable urban communities by:

  • Providing decent housing
  • Providing a suitable living environment
  • Expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons

CDBG-funded projects must meet one of three National Objectives:

  • Provide a benefit to low and moderate-income persons
  • Prevent or eliminate slums and blight or
  • Meet other urgent community development needs due to natural disasters or other emergencies

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards annual grants. Prince George’s County – on a competitive-basis offer grants to municipalities and non-profit organizations to carry out a wide range of activities focused on community facilities and infrastructure development, affordable housing acquisition or preservation, neighborhood enhancement, and a limited range public services targeted at low- and moderate-income communities, such as:

  • Housing Acquisition-Rehab
  • Demolition
  • Assistance to micro and small for-profit business
  • Street Improvements/Sidewalks
  • Health Facilities
  • Job Development
  • Youth Services
  • Senior Programs
  • Health Services

Examples of Eligible activities: 

  • Affordable Housing: Acquisition and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation rental units (owned by nonprofit), Demolition
  • Economic Development: Direct assistance to for-profit micro and small businesses to create or retain jobs for low-moderate-income
  • Public Facilities/Infrastructure Improvements: streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, streetlights, sewers, storm drains, traffic signals, parks and recreation facilities, health facilities, and group home improvements
  • Public Services: senior services, job development/training services, healthcare, youth services and fair housing

Qualifications/Requirements

Municipalities, local government agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for CDBG funds. Nonprofits must provide a letter from the Internal Revenue Service certifying tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Individual persons are not eligible to apply for CDBG funds.

Eligibility Criteria  

  • A least 51% of the persons or households receiving the service must be low- and moderate- income; or
  • Project beneficiaries must live in an area (census tract or block group) that is low- and moderate- income as determined by HUD; or the project addresses a slum or blighted condition or meets an urgent need.

Annual Proposal Review & Adoption Process

  • Proposal application packets are available in October.
  • A Proposal Advisory Group reviews proposals.
  • The County Executive makes recommendations to the County Council.
  • The County Council holds public hearings in April and adopts the Annual Action Plan by early May.
  • The County submits the adopted Annual Action Plan to HUD by May of each year.
  • Projects are implemented beginning July 1.

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