January 15, 2020


KY Department for Local Government- Office of Federal Grants

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The Department for Local Government (DLG) administers approximately $22 million annually from the U.S. Housing and Urban Developmentā€™s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.The CDBG program provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.

With the participation of their citizens, communities can devote these funds to a wide range of activities that best serve their own particular development priorities.All project activities must meet at least one of three national objectives:benefit to low and moderate income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, meeting particularly urgent community development needs.

For the 2019 funding cycle, DLG will receive $22,084,771 (estimate) for distribution. Funds are designated for various program areas including Community Projects, Community Emergency Relief Fund, Economic Development, Housing, Public Facilities Public Services (Recovery Kentucky).

Who Can Apply: All cities and counties are eligible to apply for the funds with the exception of Ashland, Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Lexington-Fayette County, Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, and Owensboro.

These entitlement communities receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.

Application Process: Please go to the 2019 CDBG Guidelines Handbook and HUD Section 108 Guidelines posted below.

Project Review Criteria: For a project to be funded, a determination must be made regarding project need, reasonability of costs, and overall effectiveness.

Special Requirements: CDBG funds are federal funds allocated by HUD and must comply with numerous federal regulations such as Davis-Bacon wage rates, procurement standards and environmental review procedures, fair housing/equal opportunity, financial management and acquisition requirements. All requirements are set forth in the CDBG Handbook.