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 Application and Instructions:

The Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is not accepting Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program applications for its Program Year (PY) 50. The application submission deadline was December 8, 2023.  

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.
  • Currently, Prince George’s County uses this National Objectives. The other requires a designation or a declaration of a natural disaster.

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.



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

  • At 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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  1. Must the applicant organization be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit?
  2. Must the applicant agency be located in Prince George's County?
  3. Does the designation of specific revitalization focus areas exclude applications from other areas in the County? 

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