Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federally funded grant program that provides assistance to communities with community development needs such as housing, public facilities, economic development and planning grants. All projects must be designed to principally benefit low and moderate-income families. The program was established by the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 USC 5301) and is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Legislature authorized the Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) to administer the program beginning in 1982. Since 1982, Montana has received over $191 million in CDBG funds. Overall, the public and private funds invested in local CDBG projects has matched the federal funds awarded at almost a two to one ratio, making possible millions of dollars of construction activity and creating jobs for Montana communities across the state.
NEW PROGRAM UPDATE!!
The Community Development Division has proposed draft application and guidelines for the following four CDBG categories:
- CDBG Planning Grant Application and Guidelines for Competitive Housing & Neighborhood Renewal Grant Application,
- Competitive Housing & Neighborhood Renewal Grant Application,
- Public Facility Grant Application,
- Non-Competitive Housing Rehab Grant Application, and
- the CDBG/NSP Grant Administration Manual.
The Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing on October 9th, 2013 beginning at 9am in Room 504A of the Park Avenue Building at 301 South Park Avenue, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed adoption of the applications and guidelines for the FFY 2013-2014 application cycle. Interested parties may comment on the proposed applications and guidelines by submitting their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing or throughout the comment period ending at 5:00pm on October 23rd, 2013. Comments may be submitted directly to the Department of Commerce, Community Development Division, 301 South Park Avenue, PO Box 200523, Helena, Montana 59620-0523; by telephone (406) 841-2770; TDD 841-2702; by fax (406) 841-2771; or by email DOCCDBG@mt.gov, and must be received by October 23rd, 2013. Interested parties who cannot attend the public hearing in person may participate via conference call.
2014 Competitive CDBG Housing & Neighborhood Renewal Grant Applications are due Spring 2014. Please select these guidelines for completing your application: Competitive CDBG Housing & Neighborhood Renewal Application Guidelines (PDF).
Contact CDBG Staff for information:
Program Manager - Housing and Public Facilities
Contact Staff by E-mail: DOCCDBG@mt.gov