CDBG

Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant
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Overview

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
 
Application and Schedule A Condition Forms
Fillable Forms:
CDBG Attachment Checklist - CFA
Applicant Certification Form
Public Infrastructure/Public Facilities Activity Detail Form
Project Financing Form
Preliminary Budget Table PI-PF
CDBG Program Income Report
Program Information Form
Applicant Disclosure Form
Smart Growth Compliance Form
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 Factors Guidance
2-6 Environmental Assessment Checklist 1-3 Instructions for Request for Release of Funds
1-3 Request for Release of Funds Form  

 

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 2018-2019 APR Housing Activities Instructions
APR Housing Activities APR Public Water-Sewer-Facility Instructions
APR Public Water-Public Sewer-Public Facilities Activities Economic Development-Small Business-Microenterprise Instructions
Economic Development-Small Business Activities-Microenterprise Activities 3-4 Project Status Report Instructions
3-4 Project Status Report

9-1 Instructions for FAE

9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure Form

 
Family Income Form  
Economic Development Job Forms  

 

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 Budget Modification Form Instructions
5-9 Calculating Federal Rehabilitation Assistance Economic Development Instructions
Budget Modification Form Instructions for Completing Grant Closeout
HTFC HCR Returned Funds Coversheet  
Economic Development Job Forms  
HTFC Model Release Form  
HTFC Property Release Form  

 

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

Eligibility

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.

Please view eligible areas in your community using the following links.

  • Eligibility by City

  • Eligibility by County

  • Eligibility by Town

  • Eligibility by Village


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

  • Housing Rehabilitation

  • Homeownership 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
 

Homeownership 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


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
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages  
$750,000

Joint Applicants     
$900,000

Joint Applicants with NYS Co-Funding Initiative
$1,250,000

*With NYS Co-Funding Initiative
$1,000,000

 

Public Facilities
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages
$300,000


Housing
Towns, Cities, or Villages     
$500,000

Counties
$1,000,000


Microenterprise
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages
$200,000


Planning
Counties, Towns, Cities or Villages
$50,000

                                                             

*For certain “co-funded” Public Infrastructure projects, applicants may apply for an amount of funding not to exceed $1,000,000.“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.

 

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

The Grant Administration Manual outlines some of the key tasks that should be conducted when administering a Community Development Block Grant, and provides useful information regarding program requirements, regulations, policies and procedures. It contains exhibits and forms to be referenced or used during the implementation of the CDBG program or project.

Funding Round Materials

Apply

Current Funding Round Materials


Applicants applying for Community Development Funding must address and resolve specific community development needs within the areas of housing, public Infrastructure, or public facilities.

Applicants seeking funding for public infrastructure or public facilities activities can apply for assistance through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application.

Applicants seeking assistance for CDBG housing activities including housing rehabilitation, homeownership, and private water/wastewater activities should apply for funding through the Community Development Online (CDOL) application system

In addition, HCR will entertain additional inquiries for applications related to Imminent Threat, and Technical Assistance and Capacity Building. If an application in either of these categories is being considered, Applicants must first contact HCR's Office of Community Renewal to determine eligibility and potential application requirements.

Joint and County Applications
Under New York State's CDBG Program, two or more eligible applicants facing a common problem may submit a joint application. In order to qualify, local governments must not only share a common problem, but must also be able to demonstrate that a joint effort is required to solve the problem. With the exception of housing applications, joint applications submitted only for administrative convenience are not accepted.

Counties may apply on behalf of units of general local government located within their jurisdiction when the unit of general local government has authorized the county to apply. The unit of general local government will be considered the applicant for determining grant limits, and its statistics will be used for purpose of the selection factors.

Resources

Related Links

News & Information

NYS CDBG Funding History