Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides funding to assist a wide range of eligible activities, including housing improvement projects, public facilities such as water and sewer lines, buildings such as local health centers or head start centers, and economic development projects. All projects must substantially benefit low and moderate income persons.
These grants come from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) with funding from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). There is an annual competition to determine which projects will be funded.
The total funding level is approximately $43 million with approximately $36 million available for the annual competition. The maximum amount available per applicant is $500,000 for single-activity during regular competition and $800,000 for multi-activity during regular competition.
Local Match Requirements - Regular Competition:
- Grants up to $300,000, or grants for single activity housing projects - no matching funds required.
- Grants of $300,000 to $500,000 - 5% local matching funds required.
- Grants of more than $500,000 - 10% local matching funds required.
Eligible applicants are units of general local government, excluding metropolitan cities, urban counties, and units of government eligible to participate in the urban counties or metropolitan cities' programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eligible applicants selected for funding will be those having the greatest need as evidenced by poverty and per capita income and whose applications most adequately address the needs of low and moderate income persons and have the greatest impact. Applications are due April 1st of every fiscal year.
For more information on this program contact Jim Livingston at 706-256-2910.