Planning Key to Capturing CDBG Funding

Elimination of CDBG Allocation program leads to new opportunities

The one constant is change – especially these days.

For decades, both large and small communities have relied on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Allocation program to fund a variety of projects benefitting low to moderate income (LMI) populations, eliminating slum and blight, or supporting targeted populations. While larger communities received direct awards, smaller communities applied through their county commissioners to secure these grant funds. However, effective with PY2021, the Allocation Program will be eliminated.

Last year (PY2020), over $11 million was available through the Allocation program statewide. While the Allocation program is being eliminated, those funds will still be available to communities through other CDBG programs including Critical Infrastructure, Neighborhood Revitalization, Economic Development, Residential Public Infrastructure, and the Target of Opportunity (which includes Community Development, Downtown Revitalization, and Planning). The goal of this change is to focus investment into more effective, impactful programs with higher demand.

While it may be frustrating for communities to lose access to these smaller grant awards, the changes by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) could lead to bigger dollars for your community with proper planning and preparation.

  •  The Critical Infrastructure grant, with a 10% leverage requirement, can provide up to $500,000 to replace single-purpose, failed or failing infrastructure impacting an LMI service area;

  • The Neighborhood Revitalization grant can provide up to $750,000 for LMI communities or specific LMI neighborhoods to fund multiple improvement projects within a targeted area, including many activities formerly eligible under Allocation;

  • The Economic Development program can provide up to $500,000 to create/retain job opportunities for LMI persons through expansion of business/industry and provide funds for fixed asset loans and public infrastructure grants to support business investment;

  • The Residential Public Infrastructure grant, with a 1:1 leverage ratio, can provide up to $750,000 for safe and reliable drinking water and proper sanitary waste disposal; and

  • Target of Opportunity grant with 3 components: Community Development, Downtown Revitalization, and Planning. ToO Community Development to fund activities eligible under Allocation (except home repair, street resurfacing/paving, and sidewalks). ToO Downtown Revitalization can provide up to $250,000 to building owners in the central business district (up to 3 buildings). ToO Planning is designed to assist communities in assessing need/planning for comprehensive community-wide projects (feasibility studies, surveys, needs assessments, strategic/comprehensive plans).

Let our experienced team help you identify and secure funding for projects that are effective, impactful and truly make a difference within your community!