Community Development Block Grants
The State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is intended to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, expanding economic opportunities and creating suitable living environments - primarily for low/moderate income persons (those earning at or below 80% of Area Median Income.
Each year the State of Rhode Island receives a formula allocation of CDBG funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be distributed to eligible Rhode Island communities.
The CDBG program is governed by regulations of 24 CFR Part 570. Under these guidelines, the State manages the program for those 33 Rhode Island municipalities which do not receive an allocation directly from HUD. The Cities of Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick and Woonsocket are "Entitlements" and operate their own programs independent of the State effort. By regulation, the State may only distribute funds to units of general local government. These communities may, however, distribute funds to non-profit and other entities to undertake eligible activities. Organizations interested in applying for CDBG funds should contact municipal CDBG Administrators or planning departments to learn about local priorities and application procedures.
Funds received (approx. $4-$5 Million annually) are distributed using a competitive application process. Communities submit applications containing a number of activities which are reviewed by a funding committee in accordance with program regulations/policies. This committee drafts recommendations to the Governor who typically announces awards July-September of each year. Awards are activity specific.
While the program supports a myriad of activities including housing, economic development, facilities/improvements, services and planning - the program's priorities are housing, economic development and neighborhood revitalization. Revitalization is a targeting of resources on a designated, distressed, predominately low- and moderate- income neighborhood. All activities must meet a national objective, the primary of which is predominate benefit to low- and moderate- income persons.
CDBG Management and Guidance
The HUD guides listed below are recommended reading for all municipal CDBG program administrators and their subrecipients.
- Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for the State CDBG Program
- Playing By the Rules Handbook for Subrecipients on Administrative Systems
- "Basically CDBG" Training Manual
General Program Information
- 2015-2019 Rhode Island Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development
- CDBG Annual Action Plan, March 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
- HUD Income Limits - Please Note: CDBG Program uses 80% limit
- HUD Fair Market Rents
- HUD/LMISD (Low/Moderate Income Summary Data)
- CDBG Annual Action Plan, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
- Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER), March 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
- Residential Rehabilitation Training
- National Objective Training
- Environmental Troubleshooting Training
- Presentation by HUD OIG Officer – January 16, 2012
- Application Workshop Presentation, March 2016
PY’2017 CDBG Action Plan/Method of Distribution
PY’2017 funds will be distributed in accordance with the method of distribution outlined in the 2017 Annual Action Plan. In February 2018, the State was issued contract agreements relative to its PY’2017 allocation ($5,003,815).
PY’2017 COMPETITIVE APPLICATION
Applications for Public Facilities/Improvements, and Public Services (including Job Training) will be accepted in the competitive application round.
- PY’2017 CDBG Application Handbook
- PY’2017 CDBG Competitive Application Form (Facilities/Infrastructure/Services)
- PY’2017 CDBG Budget Form for Public Facilities/Infrastructure
- PY’2017 CDBG Budget Form for Public Services
- PY’2017 CDBG Assignment/Assumption Form for Regional Activities
The current schedule for the PY’2017 annual competitive application cycle is as follows:
Application Meeting/Forms Available - March 15
At this meeting, staff will answer procedural questions regarding the application. Anticipated funds available and key regulatory/procedural requirements will be highlighted. The annual competitive application (estimated at 30%-40% of funds) will include public facilities/infrastructure and service (including economic development service) proposals. Affordable housing and residential rehabilitation applications are accepted separately on an ongoing basis, with funding limitations.
Preapplication Workshop/Clinic - April 12
This workshop, requested by communities at the municipal meeting held in December, will be an opportunity for municipalities to meeting with OHCD staff to ask regulatory questions regarding potential proposals prior to submittal.
Applications Due – 3 PM on May 17, 2018
Communities are required to hold public hearing(s) associated with the application. The two-month application timeline should allow municipalities sufficient time for necessary consultation/meetings.
Staff Review & Committee Meetings - Thru Mid-July
Tentative Awards Approved & Announced - July 30
At award announcement, communities will complete necessary environmental reviews. Contract agreements will be returned simultaneously with ROF (Release of Funds).
Affordable Housing applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2018.
Housing rehab applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2018.
Contact Mary Bray at 401-222-5778 for more information on economic development eligibility and application forms.
Job training is generally considered a public service activity under CDBG Program regulations. Therefore, job training applications should be submitted via the PY’2017 CDBG Competitive Application Form.
Environmental Review Materials
All CDBG-funded activities, including local administration, are subject to the environmental review process. An environmental review using HUD forms (see links below) must be performed before “undertaking any physical activities or choice limiting actions.” Refer to Rhode Island’s Environmental Review Guidance for step-by-step instructions on conducting a HUD environmental review. For information on “choice limiting actions” refer to the Environmental Troubleshooting Training Powerpoint (available under Training Materials).
- Environmental Checklist for Exempt/CENST Projects
- Environmental Checklist for Categorically Excluded Projects subject to 58.5
- Environmental Assessment Checklist
- Sample Floodplain, Wetlands Notices (Early and Final)
- Sample Notice of Intent to Request the Release of Funds (NOI/RROF)
- Sample Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and NOI/RROF
- Request for Release of Funds and Certification (HUD Form 7015.15)
- HUD Environmental Review Website
- HUD environmental review flow chart
- HUD Floodplain Management/8-step Process Website
- CRMC Consistency Determination Request Template (Coastal Zone Management)
- Tribal Consultation Checklist
Drawdown and Reporting Forms
- CDBG Payment Request Form
- Quarterly Reporting Form
- Close Out Report Form
- Quarterly Reporting Form (Sample)
- Section 3 Summary Report form HUD-60002
Procurement, Contracting, & Construction Management:
- Boilerplate Federal Contract Provisions for contracts less than $100,000
- Boilerplate Federal Contract Provisions for contracts exceeding $100,000
- Federal Non-Construction Contract Provisions
- Cover memo listing required Federal Contract Provisions
- Contractors Guide to Prevailing Wage Requirements
- Project Wage Rate Sheet/Certified Payroll Documents
- "Making Davis Bacon Work" Guide (Including Project Wage Rate Sheet)
- HUD Handbook 1344.1: Federal Labor Standards Compliance in HCD Programs
- Labor Standards Compliance for Working Subcontractors (HUD Guidance)
- HUD Office of Labor Relations Website
- Employee Interview Form HUD-11
- Federal Labor Standards Provisions form HUD-4010
- Link to Prevailing Wage Determinations
- HUD Website - Section 3
- System for Awards Management website, Debarred Contractor inquires
- Construction Site Davis Bacon Poster