The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 USC. -5301 et seq.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.
Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight.
Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities that do not meet one of these national objectives.
The City of Lewiston’s CDBG Entitlement Program
The City of Lewiston was designated as an Entitlement Community under the CDBG program by HUD. Because of this designation, the City receives a grant on an annual basis contingent upon Congress approval of the Federal budget.
Currently the City’s CDBG program is implemented through a process where qualified agencies apply for these funds prior to the start of each program year (August 1 to July 31) for eligible projects and activities. The City goes through a selection and fund allocation process to ensure funds are used to achieve the community goals and objectives as established in the five-year Consolidated Plan. If your agency is interested in participating in the program, follow this website to learn more.