Community Development Block Grant Program

January, 2014

The IFA will not conduct a CDBG program competitive application round for the first quarter of 2014. Read the full announcement.

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, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, Portland, 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: $2,000,000 except preliminary/engineering planning grants maximum $150,000
    • Off-site Infrastructure: $225,000
  • 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. A regional coordinator will be assigned to work with the city or county 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.

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