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:
Currently, the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is not accepting Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
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
- 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.
- 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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- Must the applicant organization be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit?
- Must the applicant agency be located in Prince George's County?
- Does the designation of specific revitalization focus areas exclude applications from other areas in the County?