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’2019 Municipal Application Cover Form

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’2019 funds will be distributed in accordance with the method of distribution outlined in the 2019 Annual Action Plan. Rhode Island’s PY’2019 CDBG allocation is $5,414,189.

PY’2019 COMPETITIVE APPLICATION

Applications for Public Facilities/Improvements, and Public Services (including Job Training) will be accepted in the competitive application round. The competitive application cycle will open in March 2020 with a pre-application workshop for municipal representatives.

 

Competitive Application Deadline – 3 PM on June 30, 2020

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 August

Tentative Awards Approved & Announced – September 15, 2020

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

AFFORDABLE HOUSING:

Affordable Housing applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2020.

 

HOUSING REHABILITATION:

Housing rehab applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through April 30, 2020

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

Economic development applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2020. Prior to submittal of an Economic Development proposal, contact Mary Bray at 401-222-5778 to schedule an application meeting with OHCD staff.

 

Job training is generally considered a public service activity under CDBG Program regulations. Therefore, job training applications should be submitted via the PY’2019 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:

Staff Contact: CDBG Block Grants