Community Development Block Grant

CDBG-CV Utility Relief


The Department for Local Government (DLG) has up to $38 million available for utility relief from the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response (CDBG-CV) program. Local governments may request up to $200,000 to provide utility relief to Kentuckians in their jurisdiction.

To apply, local governments should read CDBG-CV utility guidelines and complete the application.

If approved, local governments must then partner with a community action agency to assist with funding administration. For this process, Kentucky’s 15 Area Development Districts (ADD) are good resources and have received training on the program from DLG. They can assist units of local government, local non-profit community service providers and eligible Kentuckians with their applications and administer funds.

For more information on the program, read the release.

Local governments and Area Development Districts with additional questions can review this presentation and/or contact Travis Weber for further information.

Additional Resources:
CDBG-CV Utility Assistance Guidelines
CDBG-CV Public Services Utility Assistance Application
CDBG-CV Duplication of Benefit Certification
CDBG-CV Utility Assistance Personal Declaration

Office of Federal Grants


The Department for Local Government (DLG) administers approximately $26 million annually from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’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 2021 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 2021 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.

Trainings


- 2021 CDBG Certified Administrator Training- September 20-24

- CDBG Re-Certification Training for Certified Administrators- To Be Announced

Program Areas and Allocations


- Community Projects- $5,793,503
- Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)- TBD: Amount Based on Need
- Economic Development- $5,532,783
- Housing Program- $2,900,000
- Public Facilities- $8,292,641
- Public Services (Recovery KY)- $3,100,000

Community Projects


The Community program is designed to provide funds for community development projects that address human service needs, such as senior centers, crisis centers, fire stations and facilities that provide services to low-income persons. As part of the Commonwealth's allocation from the CDBG program, these projects have been allocated with the maximum amount of $750,000 of CDBG funding per community.

Who can Apply: All cities and counties are eligible to apply for the funds with the exception of entitlement communities.

Applications Accepted: April 1, 2021 - September 1, 2021.

For more information see the Community Development Block Grant Program Guidelines or contact Travis Weber.

Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)


CERF funds are provided to give communities a means to restore infrastructure or housing that severe weather or natural disasters have negatively impacted. As part of the Commonwealth's allocation from the CDBG program, these projects will be allocated an amount to be determined based on need with the maximum amount of $100,000 of CDBG funding per project.

Who can Apply: Only communities that have experienced a disaster and have a Declaration of Emergency from the Governor may submit an application for these funds.

Applications Accepted: The application submission dates are April 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022.

For more information see the Community Development Block Grant Program Guidelines or contact Jeff Hanna.

Economic Development


The Economic Development Branch works to fund development activities that create or retain jobs principally benefiting low and moderate income (LMI) persons. Additional goals provide for the training and provision of human services that allow for the professional advancement of LMI persons. As part of the Commonwealth's allocation from the CDBG program, these projects have been allocated estimate with up to $1,000,000 of CDBG funding per community.
There are two areas of eligibility for CDBG Economic Development funding:

Traditional: Provides grant assistance to communities for projects which specifically address the creation or retention of jobs through eligible activities. Funds can be provided to a community to use for specific business/industrial clients.

Non-Traditional: Allows for the funding of eligible activities benefiting low and moderate income persons not directly related to job creation.

Who can Apply: All cities and counties with the exception of designated entitlement areas. Multi-Jurisdiction Applications may jointly request $2 million provided that the $1 million per jurisdiction is not exceeded. Multi-Jurisdiction Non-Traditional Economic Development applicants may request up to $500,000 if the $250,000 per jurisdiction is not exceeded.

Recapture: When a loan or lease is made to an entity, DLG may allow the repayment to remain in the local jurisdiction for use toward other economic development projects. Future utilization of these funds is subject to oversight and approval by DLG and may be recaptured based on various factors.

Program Criteria: Basic guidelines include limits on the level of CDBG participation proposed in a project. The CDBG cost should not exceed $20,000 per job. CDBG participation should be limited to one third of the total project.

Applications Accepted: Dates will are April 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022.

For more information see the Community Development Block Grant Program Guidelines or contact Gabe Nickell.

Housing Program


The Housing program works to fund projects designed to develop decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing. As part of the Commonwealth's allocation from the CDBG program, these projects have been allocated $2,900,000 estimate for 2019 with the maximum amount of $1,000,000 of CDBG funding per project.

Who can Apply: All cities and counties are eligible to apply for the funds with the exception of entitlement communities.

Applications Accepted: Dates are April 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022.

For more information see the Community Development Block Grant Program Guidelines or contact Travis Weber.

Public Facilities


The Public Facilities Branch provides funding to primarily develop Kentucky's water and wastewater systems. As part of the Commonwealth's allocations from the CDBG program, these projects have been allocated estimate with the maximum amount of $1,000,000 of CDBG funding per community. Self-help grants (maximum amount of $250,000 per project) are funded under this branch.

Who can Apply: All cities and counties are eligible to apply for the funds with the exception of entitlement communities.

Applications Accepted: Dates are April 1, 2021 - September 1, 2021.

For more information see the Community Development Block Grant Program Guidelines or contact Jennifer Peters.

I. Guidelines and Applications

CDBG Guidelines
CDBG 2021 Guidelines (docx - 200 kb)
HUD 2020 Section 108 (.pdf - 135 kb)
2014 Matrix Code Update (.pdf - 243 kb)
Appendix A Eligible Activities (.doc - 56 kb)
Appendix B Economic Development (Employee Survey) (.doc - 46 kb)
Appendix B Housing Survey Sample (.doc - 32 kb)
Appendix B LMI Worksheet (.xls - 24 kb)
Appendix B Meeting National Objective (.doc - 30 kb)
Appendix B Person Benefit Profile (.xls - 41 kb)
Appendix B Public Facilities Survey Sample (.doc - 31 kb)
Appendix B Survey (.doc - 50 kb)
Appendix B Survey Methods (.doc - 42 kb)
Appendix C Anti-Displacement Form (.doc - 29 kb)
Appendix C Citizen Participation Plan (.doc - 36 kb)
Appendix C Public Hearing Notice (.doc - 37 kb)
Appendix D Activity Definitions (.pdf - 108 kb)
CDBG-CV Utility Assistance Guidelines (docx - 23 kb)

 

CDBG Applications
2021 CDBG Application - CERF (.doc - 296 kb)
2021 CDBG Application - CP (docx - 168 kb)
2021 CDBG Application - ED (.doc - 592 kb)
2021 CDBG Application - Housing (docx - 206 kb)
2021 CDBG Application - PF (docx - 279 kb)
2021 CDBG Application - Recovery (docx - 159 kb)
CDBG-CV Duplication of Benefits Worksheet (xlsx - 15 kb)
CDBG-CV Personal Declaration (docx - 101 kb)
CDBG-CV Public Services Utility Assistance Application (docx - 163 kb)
CDBG-CV Public Services Utility Assistance Application (docx - 164 kb)
Cost Summary (.xls - 51 kb)
Detailed Housing Cost Estimate (.xls - 24 kb)
Homeowners List (.xls - 27 kb)
Particular Urgency Certification (.doc - 23 kb)

II. Resources and Forms

Administrative Forms
HUD Census LMI Communities List (.pdf - 470 kb)
2020 KY- CDBG Direct Electronic Transfer of Funds (.doc - 47 kb)
2021 CDBG Guideline Changes (docx - 27 kb)
2021 HUD Income Limits (.pdf - 71 kb)
2021 KY URA Income Limits (.pdf - 37 kb)
CDBG Administrated ARC Draw (.xls - 35 kb)
CDBG Contract Documents Guide (.doc - 418 kb)
CDBG Draw Request (xlsx - 19 kb)
CDBG Monitoring Forms (.pdf - 4510 kb)
CDBG Project Completion Report - PCR (xlsx - 163 kb)
CDBG-CV Utility Assistance Informational Slideshow (pptx - 794 kb)
CERF Reimbursement Spreadsheet (.xls - 75 kb)
CERF Reimbursement Spreadsheet Instructions (.doc - 27 kb)
Construction Sign - Beshear Administration (.ppt - 287 kb)
National Objectives Identification Form (.doc - 49 kb)
Program Income and Misc. Revenue - LDA Proceeds Report (xlsx - 37 kb)
Re-certification Form (.pdf - 182 kb)
Registration Form (.pdf - 219 kb)
Request for Project-Budget Amendment (.xls - 81 kb)

 

Labor
2020 Payroll Certification Form (docx - 33 kb)
5.7 Restitution Report (docx - 15 kb)
Contract and Subcontract Activity Report (.pdf - 67 kb)
Determination of Wage Rate (.pdf - 112 kb)
Request for Additional Classification (.doc - 70 kb)
Semi-annual Labor Standards Enforcement Instructions (.doc - 38 kb)
Semi-annual Labor Standards Enforcement Report (.doc - 126 kb)

 

Fair Housing and Title VI
2021 DLG Language Access Plan (.pdf - 234 kb)
2021 DLG Title VI Plan (.pdf - 282 kb)
Fair Housing Training 2020 (.pdf - 273 kb)

 

Uniform Act
HUD Brochure (URA) (.doc - 33 kb)
Uniform Relocation Assistance Information Workbook (.pdf - 1427 kb)

 

Environmental Review
Guidance- Environmental Regulations (.doc - 33 kb)
Guidance on Environmental Assessment Factors (.doc - 33 kb)
HUD Conditional Agreement Memo (.doc - 33 kb)
Impact Codes for Environmental Assessment (.doc - 33 kb)
Memo-Directional-Boring-Beneth-Wetlands EO 11990 (.doc - 33 kb)
Sample DLG Environmental Submittal Checklist (.doc - 33 kb)
Site Visit and Field Observations (.doc - 33 kb)
Sources of Compliance Documentation (.doc - 33 kb)

III. Handbook and Attachments

CDBG Handbook
(Click here to go to the CDBG Handbook page.)