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.

Public Comment Period

Seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the 2019 and 2021 Method of Distrubtion CARES Act Funding. The amendments address the use of CDBG CARES Act funds for COVID-19 related activities.

Now Accepting Applications

CDBG COVID-19 Programs

  • Emergency Small Business & Micro-Enterprise Assistance through May 20, 2021
  • Emergency Rental Assistance
  • COVID-19 Impact Assistance through May 20, 2021

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
  • 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. Business Oregon 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, 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 annual application period are rated and ranked. Funding recommendations are then sent to the Business Oregon 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 Business Oregon notifies applicants of their funding status approximately 30 to 60 days after the application closing date.

When to Apply

February 1–April 30 applications accepted; award announcements made by the end of June.

July 1–September 30 applications accepted. Award announcements by the end of November.