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Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant

CDBG Upcoming Events and Webinars

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


CDBG and HOME Workshop Series:

Save the dates for NYS Office of Community Renewal presentations on CDBG and HOME federal funding!  

Meet program staff and learn how CDBG and HOME can be used in your community! Seasoned users as well as new first-timers will learn about both programs and breaking program updates.


When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Where: Monroe County Office Building, 50 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14614

Registration required, click here to register now.


When: Monday, April 29, 2024

Where: Warren County Office Building, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845

Registration required, click here to register now.


Check back for additional dates and locations to be announced soon.

Contact us at [email protected] with questions and indicate “2024 CDBG HOME Outreach” in the subject line.


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 
Fillable Forms:Instructions:
Authorized Signature Form For Request For Funds1-1 Instructions for Authorized Signature Form
ACH/Direct Deposit Authorization of NYS CDBG Funds1-2 Instructions for Designation of Depository Form
7-2 Program Schedule Form7-2 Instructions for Program Schedule
8-1 Project Team8-1 Project Team Instructions
Certification Under Executive Order No. 16 
FFATA Reporting Form 
Application and Schedule A Condition Forms
Fillable Forms:Instructions:
Applicant Certification Form 
Applicant Disclosure Form 
CFA Application Project Team Form CFA Application Project Team Instructions
CDBG Attachment Checklist - CFA 
CDBG Program Income Report 
Outline for Engineering Report 
Preliminary Budget TablePreliminary Budget Table Instructions
Public Hearing TemplateFirst Public Hearing Template Instructions
Public Hearing Requirements 
Public Infrastructure/Public Facilities Activity Detail Form -  Updated 7/15/2022PF-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 Classification2-3 Certification of NEPA Classification 
2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification2-3A Certification of SEQRA Classification 
2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist2-4 NEPA Classification Checklist
Form 2-5 Statutory ChecklistForm 2-5 Statutory Checklist
Form 2-5A Statutory ChecklistForm 2-5A Statutory Checklist
2-6 Environmental Assessment Checklist2-6 Environmental Assessment Factors Guidance
1-3 Request for Release of Funds Form1-3 Instructions for Request for Release of Funds
Tier 2 Template ChecklistTier 2 Template Checklist Instructions


Disbursement of CDBG Funds
Fillable Forms:Instructions:
1-4 Housing Request for FundsRequest for Funds Instructions
1-4B Housing Assistance Summary Form1-4B Housing Assistance Summary Instructions
1-5 Public Infrastructure - Facility Request for Funds 
1-6 Economic Development Request for Funds 
1-6B Microenterprise Business Project Summary1-6B Microenterprise Business Project Summary Instructions
Program Administration - Program Delivery Coversheet 
Housing Rehabilitation First File Review 


CDBG Reporting
Fillable Forms:Instructions:
Labor Standards Enforcement Report 
APR Housing ActivitiesAPR Housing Activities Instructions
APR Public Water-Public Sewer-Public Facilities ActivitiesAPR Public Water-Sewer-Facility Instructions
APR  Economic Development-Small Business Activities-Microenterprise ActivitiesAPR Economic Development-Small Business-Microenterprise Instructions
9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure FormForm 9-1 Federal Assistance Expenditure Form Instructions
Family Income Form 
CDBG Program Income ReportCDBG Program Income Fact Sheet
Rental Lease Addendum Form 
Rental Owner Certification 
Rental Project Compliance Report 
VAWA Lease Addendum v.1 JG ( 
CDBG Application for CBDO CertificationCDBG Application for CBDO Certification Instructions


General Grant Administration
Fillable Forms:Instructions:
5-1 CDBG Lead Based Paint Compliance Certification - Rehab5-1 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 FormBudget Modification Form Instructions
Exhibit 1-1 CDBG Local Recipient Administrative PlanLocal Administrative Plan Instructions
HTFC HCR Returned Funds Coversheet 
Economic Development Job FormsEconomic Development Instructions
HTFC Model Release Form 
HTFC Property Release Form 
HTFC Project Site Release Form 
 Instructions for Completing Grant Closeout
Pre-Monitoring Checklist 
Mortgage Affordability Analysis and Grant CalculationMortgage Affordability Analysis and Calculation Instructions
Subrecipient Consultant Monitoring Template 
Contractor Agreement Template 
Declaration of Interest in Property 
Grant Enforcement and Compliance Mortgage 
Assumption of Security Instrument 


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


OCR On The Ground
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VIDEO: OCR On The Ground - Using the LMI Date Tool Guidance




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VIDEO: OCR On The Ground - Federal Single Audit

Related Links

 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

NYS CDBG Funding History