Emergency Response Assistance

Funding for emergency response assistance are for projects that prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19.

Who Can Apply

The state CDBG program is only available to non-entitlement cities or counties (cities or counties that don't have a direct allocation of CDBG funds from HUD.

Availability of Funds

$1,750,000 set aside for combined activities under Special Economic Development Assistance, Buildings (including Public Facilities) and Improvements, and Public Services.

Applications Process

COVID 19 Emergency Assistance applications for these three criteria are accepted year-round until all set-aside funds are exhausted. Contact a Regional Development Officer (RDO) for assistance and more information. Complete applications for emergency projects must be received by the department within 18 months of either the Governor's declaration or a Presidential disaster declaration of emergency for the event creating the emergency.

Step 1—Initial Contact/Project Concept

The project proponent must complete a pre-application form prior to submitting an application. One of the department's RDOs will be assigned to work with the project proponent to develop and review the proposed concept.

The RDO will work with the proponent and the department's program and policy coordinators to provide project development and to determine if the proposed project will meet the CDBG funding criteria and is ready to proceed with a well-defined statement and scope of work and able to satisfy the appropriate National Objectives.

For projects that will satisfy Urgent Need, the applicant must be able to document the following:

  • The project is eligible under 105(a) of the HCDA;
  • The project will meet the urgent need national objective;
  • The activities and costs are eligible under the Emergency COVID-19 response assistance;
  • The applicant is unable to finance the activity on its own;
  • Other sources of funds are not available to carry-out the activity; and
  • The project meets the readiness to proceed criteria contained in Chapter 5.
  • Step 2—Invite Application

    The RDO will inform the proponent and the unit of general local government (city or county) about the department’s review of the Project Notification and Intake Form. If the proposed project is determined to qualify for CDBG funding by the program services manager, the applicant will be invited in writing to submit a complete application for CDBG funding.

    Step 3—Application

    A completed application must be received by Business Oregon no later than 18 months after the disaster declaration by the President or Governor. The applicant’s highest elected official must sign the application.

    Step 4—Review

    The RDO will review applications for completeness and prepare the initial staff report. The CDBG program and policy coordinator will evaluate the initial staff report for final recommendation.

    Step 5—Decision

    The final recommendation prepared by the CDBG program and policy coordinator will be forwarded to Business Oregon program services manager and the assistant director for review and approval. Ineligible, improperly developed, untimely, or not ready-to-proceed applications will not be funded. All funding decisions made by the department director are final.

    Step 6—Notification

    The department shall notify applicants, in writing, of their funding status approximately 60 days after receipt of a complete application.

    National Objective

    Prior to awarding an emergency project grant, the state must determine that the proposed use of grant funds will meet either:

    • Benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, or
    • Urgent need national objective as defined by 24 CFR Part 570.483(d). Refer to Chapter 3 for more information. The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended and promulgated, further assists in determining eligible activities.

    Federal Requirements

    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is subject to many federal requirements that cover a wide range of activities. Some of the requirements are briefly summarized within Chapter 7 of the Method of Distribution. More detailed information can be found in the Grant/Project Management Handbook and other resources available from Business Oregon. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the Grant Management Handbook prior to committing to submit an application in order to familiarize themselves with the wide array of program requirements.

    Note: An applicant for a CDBG award is considered a recipient under the Environmental Review and URA requirements starting with the date of submission of a CDBG application. An "Applicant" is one who submits an application, request, plan, or statement required to be approved by an official as a condition of eligibility for federal financial assistance.