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Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Communities Grants

This page is a resource for grantees who are deciding how to use this grant to benefit their communities.


The program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq.

Nature of Program

HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.

Eligible Grantees

Eligible grantees are as follows:

  • principal cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs);
  • other metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and
  • qualified urban counties with populations of at least 200,000 (excluding the population of entitled cities) are entitled to receive annual grants.

HUD determines the amount of each entitlement grant by a statutory dual formula which uses several objective measures of community needs, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.

Eligible Activities

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • acquisition of real property;
  • relocation and demolition;
  • rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures;
  • construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes;
  • public services, within certain limits;
  • activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and
  • provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities.

Ineligible Activities

Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:

  • acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government;
  • political activities;
  • certain income payments; and
  • construction of new housing by units of general local government.


To receive its annual CDBG entitlement grant, a grantee must develop and submit to HUD its Consolidated Plan, (which is a jurisdiction's comprehensive planning document and application for funding under the following Community Planning and Development formula grant programs: CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ( HOPWA), and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG). In its Consolidated Plan, the jurisdiction must identify its goals for these programs as well as for housing programs. The goals will serve as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate a jurisdiction's Plan and its performance under the Plan. Also, the Consolidated Plan must include several required certifications, including that not less than 70% of the CDBG funds received, over a one, two or three year period specified by the grantee, will be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and that the grantee will affirmatively further fair housing. HUD will approve a Consolidated Plan submission unless the Plan (or a portion of it) is inconsistent with the purposes of the National Affordable Housing Act or is substantially incomplete.

Following approval, the Department will make a full grant award unless the Secretary has made a determination that the grantee:

  • has failed to carry out its CDBG-assisted activities in a timely manner;
  • has failed to carry out those activities and its certifications in accordance with the requirements and the primary objectives of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and with other applicable laws; or
  • lacks a continuing capacity to carry out its CDBG-assisted activities in a timely manner.

Citizen Participation

A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan which provides for, and encourages, citizen participation and which emphasizes participation by persons of low- or moderate-income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must:

  • provide citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds;
  • provide for public hearings to obtain citizen views and to respond to proposals and questions at all stages of the community development program, including at least the development of needs, the review of proposed activities, and review of program performance;
  • provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances;
  • and identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate.

For More Information

If you are an interested citizen, contact your local municipal or county officials for more information. HUD does not provide CDBG assistance directly to citizens or organizations. If your local government officials cannot answer your questions, or if you are a local official, contact the HUD field office* that serves your area. Note that the local government administers the program and determines which local projects receive funding.

*Hearing impaired users may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

CDBG 40th Anniversary

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What's New
(new)HUD FY 2013 Income Limits
HUD has issued the FY 2013 Income Limits applicable to the CDBG program. The income limits effective December, 2012, are posted on the webpage. The HUD Income Limit data include-- Extremely Low (30%), Very Low (50%) and Low (80%) of area median income.

CPD Notice 2012-04
Closeout Instructions for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs Grants

Section 3 Requirements Webinar
The Office of Block Grant Assistance provided a webinar on complying with Section 3 Requirements for State and Entitlement CDBG Grantees on July 21, 2011. The webinar provides successful strategies for grantees implementing a Section 3 program, including tips for overcoming barriers to implementation, marketing employment opportunities and reporting on performance.
Video | Transcript | PPT Slides | Business Certification Form | Resident Preference Claim Form

Economic Development Webinars

HUD's Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) offered four economic development webinars in March tailored to address CDBG's three different program areas and viewers' specific questions. Primarily designed for CDBG grantee staff, these webinars provided training on how the CDBG and Section 108 Loan Guarantee programs can be used to support economic development and job creation by covering topics including: Eligible Activities, National Objectives, Underwriting Guidelines, Public Benefit Standards, and other requirements such as eminent domain and job relocation restrictions.
March 2nd    Webinar | Slides
March 9th     Webinar | Slides
March 16th   Webinar | Slides
March 30th   Webinar | Slides |                     Audio | Note!

Neighborhood Stabilization Program
To communities hit hardest by foreclosures and delinquencies, HUD provides grants to purchase, rehabilitate or redevelop homes and stabilize neighborhoods.

CDBG Memorandum

Reminder of the Prohibition on Use of CDBG Assistance for Job-Pirating Activities.

CPD Notice 08-05.

"Implementing the New Freedom Initiative and Involving Persons with Disabilities in the Preparation of the Consolidated Plan through Citizen Participation".

IDIS Training Manual for CDBG Entitlement Communities

This manual explains how to set up, fund, draw funds, and report accomplishments and performance measures for CDBG activities in IDIS.
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