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.

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CDBG Management and Guidance

The HUD guides listed below are recommended reading for all municipal CDBG program administrators and their subrecipients.

General Program Information

Training Materials

Application Forms

PY'2020 CDBG Announcement 3.3.2022

PY'2020 Application Q&A/Office Hours Virtual Meeting

PY'2020 Application Workshop Q&A

PY’2020/2021 Application Workshop

PY'2020 CDBG Application Cover Form

PY'2020 CDBG Competitive Application Form

PY'2020 CDBG COVID Supplemental Forms

PY'2020 CDBG Competitive Application Budget Form

PY'2020 CDBG Regional Activity Assignment Form

PY'2020 CDBG Application Handbook

Competitive Application Deadline – 3 PM on March 31, 2022

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 May

Tentative Awards Approved & Announced – May 30, 2022

At award announcement, communities will complete necessary environmental reviews. Contract agreements will be returned simultaneously with ROF (Release of Funds).

Under federal program regulations, only municipalities are eligible CDBG applicants. Only applications with complete Municipal Application Cover Forms will be considered.

PY’2019 CDBG Action Plan/Method of Distribution

PY’ 20/21 funds will be distributed in accordance with the method of distribution outlined in the Annual Action Plans. Rhode Island’s PY’ 20/21 CDBG allocation is $5,414,189.


Affordable Housing applications for PY 20/21 will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2023.



Housing rehab applications for PY20/21 will be accepted on a rolling basis through April 30, 2023



Economic development applications for PY20/21 will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2023.


Job training is generally considered a public service activity under CDBG Program regulations. Therefore, job training applications should be submitted via the PY’20/21 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).

Drawdown and Reporting Forms

Procurement, Contracting, & Construction Management: