This grant is designed to:
- Assist low and moderate income persons, 70 percent CDBG expenditures must benefit low or moderate income people
- Prevent or eliminate slums and blight
- Meet an urgent community need where no other funding is available
Community Development Block Grant Example Projects
Community Projects Services for Individuals
· Water and sewer installation · Minor home repair
· Street improvements · Chore services
· Sidewalk replacement · Senior programs
· Senor citizen centers · Youth programs
· Recreational facilities · Transportation programs for senior citizens
· Historic preservation and the disabled
· Parks and recreation programs · Many public service activities
· Beautification and fire protection facilities
The CDBG program benefits low and moderate-income residents of the 53 participating communities in Oakland County's Urban County Program. CDBG funds are used to keep residential neighborhoods sound, attractive and economically viable.
Approximately one-third of the annual CDBG funds are awarded to a Home Improvement Loan program benefiting low and moderate income residents. The remaining two-thirds is allocated to participating communities to implement local revitalization projects. Funds are distributed based on the total population and the number of low/moderate-income residents in the community. Citizen input is involved.
A detailed project description must be completed. This description must include what will be done (a sample project description follows), project location, the type of materials that will be used, and who will do the work (if known). Floodplain locations and historic preservation must also be considered.
Community Development Block Grant Environmental Assessments
Under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), all projects considered for CDBG funding must be environmentally reviewed by the community and be classified as Exempt, Categorically Excluded, in need of an
Environmental Assessment, or in need of an Environmental Impact Statement before any contract is signed. Federal requirements for the environmental assessment requirements can be found in 24 CFR Part 58. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires an environmental review on all projects to be carried out in whole or part with CDBG funds.