CDBG Upcoming Events and Webinars
The Office of Community Renewal is pleased to announce CDBG Program upcoming in-person events at the following:
OCR Office Hours
Join us for “OCR Office Hours” on the first Wednesday of every month. Beginning 12/6/2023 at 1:00 PM, representatives of all OCR programs will be available virtually via WebEx to offer a casual opportunity for program administrators or interested applicants to meet OCR staff, ask questions, and discuss project ideas.
When: Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Location: Click here and join via this WebEx link (No registration required)
CDBG Program Implementation Webinar
The Office of Community Renewal (OCR) is pleased to announce the NYS Community Development Block Grant Program Implementation Webinar for the recent 2023 CDBG awardees that were announced on November 09, 2023.
OCR program staff will conduct a webinar to provide instructions and guidance for implementing and administering successful CDBG projects. The presentation will cover expectations of awardees, program updates and requirements, and tips for success. Staff will conduct Q&A sessions after the webinar.
Participation is required for all recent CDBG CFA awardees for Public Water (PW), Public Sewer (PR) and Public Facility (PF) projects approved on November 09, 2023, the OCR requires that at least one municipal representative attend the respective webinar.
The webinar is also open to anyone with an active CDBG project, and anyone that is interested in learning more about the NYS CDBG Program.
When: Monday, December 4, 2023
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Register: Click here to register
Section 3 Compliance and Reporting Training
The Office of Community Renewal (OCR) is pleased to announce a Section 3 Compliance and Reporting Training Webinar
Join OCR and the Fair and Equitable Housing Office (FEHO) for a one-hour session on Section 3, topics covered will include compliance and reporting requirements.
The webinar is open to anyone with a current CDBG project that is subject to Section 3 and anyone that is interested in learning more about the topic.
When: Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Register: Click here to register
NYS Association of Towns
Join the Office of Community Renewal for three sessions on funding opportunities, including:
• CDBG Economic Development
• Infrastructure Funding Roundtable
• Funding Opportunities through State and Federal Sources
When: February 19-20, 2024
Location: Marriott Marquis Times Square, NYC
More details coming soon.
New York Rural Water Association Technical Training Workshop & Exhibition
Review the steps to consider when planning for community development infrastructure needs, pre-application homework and funding source requirements. Come and learn about applying for Community Development Block Grants.
When: May 20-22, 2024
Where: Turning Stone Resort & Conference Center, Verona, NY
Registration: More details coming soon.
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
Application and Schedule A Condition Forms
Environmental Review Forms
Disbursement of CDBG Funds
General Grant Administration
File Maintenance Labels
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
- 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
The 2023 CDBG Request for Applications are now open!
|2023 CDBG Public Infrastructure, Public Facilities and Community Planning Request for Applications|
|2023 CDBG Housing Request for Applications|
|2023 CDBG Housing Application Instructions|
OCR On The Ground
|Linked webpages are intended to direct visitors to additional CDBG-related information sources. The Office of Community Renewal assumes no responsibility in assuring the accuracy of information obtained from outside sources.|
|Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)|
|Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)|
|HUD Client Information and Policy System (HUDCLIPS)|
|HUD Datasets - Fair Market Rents|
|HUD Income Limits|
|HUD State-Administered CDBG Program Information|
|New York State Association of Counties|
|New York State Association of Towns|
|New York State Conference of Mayors|
News & Information
Click on the link below for a copy of the webinar
CDBG Public Infrastructure, Public Facility and Community Planning Application Training Webinar – Completed May 31, 2023
CDBG Housing Activity Training Webinar – Completed June 7, 2023
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