Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funded (CV1)

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Business Oregon has made available $2,233,203 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to assist households at or below 80% of the area median income that can document the need for emergency rental assistance based on the effects of COVID-19. This is funded by the first allocation of the CARES Act (CDBG-CV1) for non-entitlement communities. The Emergency Rental Assistance grant program is in response to the economic impact of the pandemic, providing up to six consecutive months of rental assistance to low and moderate income households impacted by COVID-19.

In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDBG program has been highlighted as a vehicle for providing financial relief to states and communities. This insight considers the significant role of the flexibility of the CDBG program as an economic development countermeasures to the coronavirus outbreak.

This NOFA outlines the modified structure of the CDBG grant program that is being proposed to accommodate COVID-19 related response. These changes are all within Business Oregon's authority to make, with no statutory or other modifications needed.

Funds Available: This NOFA is to cover $2,233,203 from the initial CDBG-CV1.

Maximum grant per application

  • City: $400,000 (must serve a minimum of two non-entitlement communities
    (Can apply for an additional $50,000 for collaboration with additional non-entitlement cities—Maximum of $500,000.)
  • County: $600,000
    (Can apply for an additional $100,000 for collaboration with additional non-entitlement county—Maximum of $800,000.)

Eligible Applicants: non-entitlement cities and counties.


Applications must be submitted through the Business Oregon online system. Details on funds and information about applying can be found on the CDBG Cares webpage.

Funds are based on a first-come first-serve basis. Eligible applications will be accepted until all the allocated funding has been exhausted or June 30, 2021 (whichever comes first).


For questions or assistance with the online application system, please contact please contact Fumi Schaadt, 503-986-0027 or Rena Schoen, 503-949-6294. For questions regarding the program, or community eligibility please contact your local Regional Development Officer.