Grant Details

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Entitlement Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

    CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

    • Acquisition of real property
    • Relocation and demolition
    • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
    • Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
    • Public services, within certain limits
    • Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
    • Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities

    Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.


    History of Funding

    2002-2014 Accomplishment Reports are available to view at:

    Additional Information

    Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:
    • Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government
    • Political activities
    • Certain income payments
    • Construction of new housing (with some exceptions)


    Department of Grants Management and Oversight

    Department of Grants Management and Oversight
    451 7th Street S.W.
    Washington, DC 20410
    (202) 708-0667

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are (1) Metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and (2) Urban counties with populations of at least 200,000.

    Deadline Details

    Deadlines vary in each State. Contact the HUD field office that serves your area for additional information at:

    Award Details

    Entitlement cities are allocated funding each year. The amount of each entitlement grant is determined by statutory formula, which uses several objective measures of community need, including poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and growth lag. At least 70% of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

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