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Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant

CDBG Program Upcoming Events

The Office of Community Renewal is pleased to announce CDBG Program upcoming in-person events at the following:

Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University

March 29, 2023

Time: 10AM- 12:30PM

Location: Syracuse University Center of Excellence 727 E. Washington St. Syracuse, NY 13244 and virtually via Zoom

Click here for Program Details and Registration link.

Lunch will be provided.


Southern Tier Central Regional Leadership Conference

When: April 6, 2023

Time: 8:00am – 5:15pm

Location: Corning Community College

Click here for Program Details and Registration link.

Breakfast and lunch are included.


Tug Hill Commission 32nd Annual Local Government Conference

April 6, 2023

Time: 7:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Turning Stone Conference Center – 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, NY 13478

For registration information and more details, click here

Be sure to visit our booth.


Mohawk Valley Economic Development District Brownfields Developer Summit

When: April 25 & 26, 2023

Location: Herkimer College

Click here for Program Details and Registration link.


NYS Rural Water Association 44th Annual Technical Training Workshop

May 22-24, 2023

Location: The Lake Placid Conference Center, 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Program Details and Registration link coming soon!

Be sure to visit our booth.




The Office of Community Renewal administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of New York. The NYS CDBG program provides financial assistance to eligible cities, towns, and villages with populations under 50,000 and counties with an area population under 200,000, in order to develop viable communities by providing decent, affordable housing, and suitable living environments, as well as expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

The state must ensure that no less than 70% of its CDBG funds are used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The program objectives are achieved by supporting activities or projects that: benefit low- and moderate-income families; create job opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate blight; or address a community development need that poses a serious and imminent threat to the community's health or welfare. Project selection shall take into consideration the recommendation of the relevant regional economic development council or the Commissioner's determination that the proposed project aligns with the regional strategic priorities of the respective region.


Forms and Documents

Grant Agreement Forms 
Fillable Forms: Instructions:

Authorized Signature Form For Request For Funds

1-1 Instructions for Authorized Signature Form
ACH/Direct Deposit Authorization of NYS CDBG Funds 1-2 Instructions for Designation of Depository Form
7-2 Program Schedule Form 7-2 Instructions for Program Schedule
8-1 Project Team 8-1 Project Team Instructions
Certification Under Executive Order No. 16  
Application and Schedule A Condition Forms
Fillable Forms: Instructions:

Applicant Certification Form

Applicant Disclosure Form  
Application Project Team Form   

CDBG Attachment Checklist - CFA

CDBG Program Income Report  
Outline for Engineering Report  
Preliminary Budget Table Preliminary Budget Table Instructions
Public Hearing Template First Public Hearing Template Instructions
Public Hearing Requirements  
Public Infrastructure/Public Facilities Activity Detail Form -  Updated 7/15/2022 PF-PI-LC Activity Detail Instructions
Smart Growth Compliance Form  
Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire (VRQ)  
CDOL Application Registration Form  
CDOL Security Manager Registration Form  


 Environmental Review Forms
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
2-1 Designation of Certifying Officer  
2-3 Certification of NEPA Classification 2-3 Certification of NEPA Classification 
2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification 2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification 
2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist 2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist
Form 2-5 Statutory Checklist Form 2-5 Statutory Checklist
Form 2-5A Statutory Checklist Form 2-5A Statutory Checklist
2-6 Environmental Assessment Checklist 2-6 Environmental Assessment Factors Guidance
1-3 Request for Release of Funds Form 1-3 Instructions for Request for Release of Funds
Tier 2 Template Checklist Tier 2 Template Checklist Instructions


Disbursement of CDBG Funds
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
1-4 Housing Request for Funds Request for Funds Instructions
1-4B Housing Assistance Summary Form 1-4B Housing Assistance Summary Instructions
1-5 Public Infrastructure - Facility Request for Funds  
1-6 Economic Development Request for Funds  
1-6B Microenterprise Business Project Summary  


CDBG Reporting
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
Labor Standards Enforcement Report  
APR Housing Activities APR Housing Activities Instructions
APR Public Water-Public Sewer-Public Facilities Activities APR Public Water-Sewer-Facility Instructions
APR  Economic Development-Small Business Activities-Microenterprise Activities APR Economic Development-Small Business-Microenterprise Instructions

9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure Form

Form 9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure Form Instructions

Family Income Form  
Economic Development Job Forms  
CDBG Program Income Report  
CDBG Program Income Fact Sheet  
Rental Lease Addendum Form  
Rental Owner Certification  
Rental Project Compliance Report  
VAWA Lease Addendum v.1 JG (  


General Grant Administration
Fillable Forms: Instructions:
5-1 CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance Certification - Rehab 5-1 and 5-2 CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance Plan Certification Instructions
5-2 CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance - Acquisition  
5-9 Calculating Federal Rehabilitation Assistance  
Budget Modification Form Budget Modification Form Instructions
Exhibit 1-1 CDBG Local Recipient Administrative Plan Local Administrative Plan Instructions
HTFC HCR Returned Funds Coversheet  
Economic Development Job Forms Economic Development Instructions
HTFC Model Release Form  
HTFC Property Release Form  
  Instructions for Completing Grant Closeout
Pre-Monitoring Checklist  
  Mortgage Affordability Analysis and Calculation Instructions
Subrecipient Consultant Monitoring Template  


File Maintenance Labels
Fillable Forms:
L-1 Label Instructions
L-2 Program Administration Labels
L-3 Public Facility / Water and Sewer Labels
L-3 Public Facility / Water and Sewer Label Instructions
L-4 Homeownership Labels
L-4 Homeownership Label Instructions
L-5 Housing Rehabilitation Labels
L-5 Housing Rehabilitation Label Instructions
L-6 Micro Enterprise Labels
L-7 Economic Development Labels


Program Guidelines


Cities, towns, and villages located in non-entitlement areas with a population under 50,000 and counties with an unincorporated population of 200,000 are eligible to apply for CDBG funding. Eligible applicants must be in substantial compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders that pertain to the CDBG Program.

Download Eligible Communities List

New York State Regional Economic Development Regions



Determining LMI Data

To determine your projects Low-and-Moderate Income (LMI) eligibility, click here.  For assistance in using this tool, please contact your assigned Community or Economic Developer.


Low-and-Moderate (LMI) eligibility map tool


There are three types of housing projects eligible for CDBG funding:

  • Housing Rehabilitation

  • Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance

  • Private Water/Wastewater System Assistance

The primary goal of any housing project is to increase the supply of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents. Through a needs analysis and detailed survey of income and housing conditions, each applicant will be able to determine the most suitable approach for addressing these goals.

Housing Rehabilitation

The CDBG program is highly flexible, allowing for communities to develop an approach to housing rehabilitation that best suits their needs. Examples include:

  • Direct financial assistance as a grant or loan or a combination thereof
  • Target area for substandard housing located in a defined geographic area
  • Non-target area approach for substandard housing on scattered sites
  • A focus on a certain income categories (i.e. below 50% of the median income)
  • Selection criteria based on severity of need or first come, first serve approach
  • Rehabilitation can be for owner-occupied or renter occupied
  • Rehabilitation on vacant units for low- and moderate-income persons

Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance

CDBG Homeownership programs provide financial assistance to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers for the purchase of homes. As with the rehabilitation activities, the program is designed to be flexible so communities can determine the appropriate means of assistance. Activities include the following:

  • Direct financial assistance including down payment assistance and closing costs

  • Counseling of prospective homeowners to ensure applicants have an understanding of program obligations, budgeting, and overhead costs.

  • Minor rehabilitation of certain houses that are otherwise structurally sound.

  • Successful homeownership applications include information on the manner in which the program will be marketed to potential applicants, a list of potential eligible applicants to document the market and need, real estate data including average cost of homes and number of homes available within the price range and evidence that the amount available is sufficient to address the need.

Private Water/Wastewater System Assistance

The CDBG program can help assure safe drinking water and wastewater systems to thorough activities such as drilling of private wells, construction or rehabilitation of septic systems, and installation of lateral connections to low- and moderate-income households from the public water/sewer mains. Applications for funding of lateral connections can be stand-alone projects or can be part of a larger public infrastructure project. However, in order for a community to construct the laterals out of CDBG funds, the homeowners must be low- and moderate-income.

Successful applications for private water/wastewater systems will include evidence that property owners are eligible and willing to participate in the program, information as to how the program will be marketed, and information on the level of subsidy and type of subsidy (loan or grant).


Maximum Grant Amounts

Drinking Water – Sanitary Sewer – Storm Drainage – Flood Control
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages  

*With NYS Co-Funding Initiative

Joint Applicants     

*Joint Applicants with NYS Co-Funding Initiative

*For certain “co-funded” Public Infrastructure projects, applicants may apply for an amount of funding not to exceed limits identified above. “Co-funded” projects are those projects that include other State and/or Federal sources including, but not limited to, USDA Rural Development and/or the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC). In order to qualify for this higher funding threshold, the applicant must clearly demonstrate that other co-funded sources are firmly committed and in place at the time of application. Please contact OCR for more information.

Public Facilities
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages

Single Family Housing Rehabilitation – Multi-Family Housing Rehabilitation – Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance – Standalone Water & Wastewater Systems/Laterals  

Towns, Cities, or Villages     

Manufactured Housing Replacement
Towns, Cities or Villages

Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages


CDBG Objectives
  • Support a mix of rehabilitation and conversion activities to preserve and increase affordable housing for homeowners and renters
  • Encourage investment in communities by assisting local governments in devising and implementing economic development strategies to revitalize viable communities and provide economic opportunities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons
  • Revitalize the vibrancy of New York's communities and enhance the quality of life
  • Develop and implement strategies that facilitate the coordination of CDBG
    funding with other Federal, State, and local community development resources.

Grant Administration Manual

Funding Round Materials

Check back soon for the release of the 2023 NOFA and Competitive Request for Applications.

CDBG Public Hearing Requirements


OCR On The Ground




Related Links

News & Information

Click on the link below for a copy of the webinar

NYS CDBG Getting Started - Completed November 29, 2022

NYS CDBG Environmental Review Record - Completed December 6, 2022

 NYS CDBG Financial Management - Completed December 13, 2022

NYS CDBG General Program Administration - Completed December 20, 2022

NYS CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance - Completed January 10, 2023


NYS CDBG Funding History