What is the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program?
The ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons.
Who is eligible?
Eligible applicants for assistance include any Indian tribe, band, group, or nation(including Alaska Indians, Aleut, and Eskimos) or Alaska Native village which has established a relationship to the Federal government as defined in the program regulations. In certain instances, tribal organizations may be eligible to apply.
The ICDBG program can provide funding for recipients in the following categories:
Housing rehabilitation, land acquisition to support new housing construction, and under limited circumstances, new housing construction.
Infrastructure construction, e.g., roads, water and sewer facilities; and, single or multipurpose community buildings.
Wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural projects which may be recipient owned and operated or which may be owned and/or operated by a third party.
The program is administered by the six area ONAPs with policy development and oversight provided by the Denver National Program Office of ONAP. Each Area ONAP is responsible for a geographic jurisdiction that includes from 26 to over 200 eligible applicants.
The program regulations provide for two categories of grants, Imminent Threat and Single purpose. Single purpose grants are awarded on a competition basis pursuant to the terms published in an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
The Secretary of HUD may set aside 5% of each year's allocation for the noncompetitive, first come-first served, funding of grants to eliminate or lessen problems which pose an imminent threat to public health or safety.
ICDBG Training Manual
The following training manual for Improving Future Indian Community Development Block Grant Applications is recommended for all ICDBG grant writers. It is intended to provide guidance on how to respond to NOFA requirements, and on what is important during the planning and implementation stages. The NOFA was developed using the FY 2008 NOFA as a guide. The information in this manual is not intended to replace the NOFA. Readers of the manual who intend to apply for grants should use the most current NOFA and accompanying forms.