Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Grants and technical assistance are available to develop livable urban communities for persons of low and moderate incomes by:

  • expanding economic opportunities; and
  • providing housing and suitable living environments.

Who Can Apply

Non-metropolitan cities and counties in rural Oregon can apply for and receive grants. [Oregon tribes, urban cities (Albany, Ashland, Beaverton, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Grants Pass, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, Portland, Redmond, Salem and Springfield) and counties (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington) receive funds directly from HUD.]

All projects must meet one of three national objectives:

  1. The proposed activities must benefit low- and moderate-income individuals.
  2. The activities must aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight.
  3. There must be an urgent need that poses a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.

Funding and Uses

Funding amounts are based on:

  • the applicant's need;
  • the availability of funds; and
  • other restrictions defined in the program's guidelines.

The following are the maximum grants possible for any individual project, by category:

  • Microenterprise: $100,000
  • Public Works
    • Water and Wastewater Improvements: $2,500,000 except preliminary/engineering planning grants maximum $150,000
  • Community/Public Facilities: $1,500,000
  • Community Capacity/Technical Assistance: no specific per-award-limit but limited overall funds
  • Regional Housing Rehabilitation: $400,000
  • Emergency Projects $500,000

How to Apply

The following outlines the application process for all other project types:

Step 1: Initial contact and project development. The Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) must be contacted prior to submitting an application. Contact your regional development officer to develop the project concept.

Step 2: Application invited. If the proposed project meets funding criteria and funds are available, an application will be invited and a form provided that will need to be completed and submitted by the application deadline.

Step 3: Application submitted. Completed, signed forms must be submitted by 5:00 pm on the last day of the application period.

Step 4: Application assignment. Once an application is verified "complete," it is given to a department staff member participating on the Rating, Ranking and Review Team.

Step 5: Application review. All completed applications received during the calendar quarter are rated and ranked. Funding recommendations are then sent to the IFA management team for review:

Step 6: Funding recommendation review. The agency management team reviews the forwarded recommendations and the  agency director makes all final award decisions.

Step 7: Notice of decision The IFA notifies applicants of their funding status approximately 30 to 60 days after the application closing date.


Application Timeline

Quarter Timeline Action
1 January 1–March 31 Applications accepted
End of May Awards announced for first quarter

2 April 1–June 30 Applications accepted
End of August Awards announced for second quarter

3 July 1–September 30 Applications accepted
End of November Awards announced for third quarter

4 October 1–December 31 Applications accepted
End of February Awards announced for fourth quarter

Note: Fourth quarter applications are rated and ranked according to the methods for the year the award decision is made.