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Community Development Block Grant CARES Act

Community Development Block Grant CARES Act

CDBG CARES Act Webinars

For a copy of the NYS CDBG-CV CARES Act Information Webinar conducted on Thursday, January 13, 2022, click on link below:



NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s Office of Community Renewal (OCR) administers CDBG funding to support communities throughout the state by providing funding for decent housing and suitable living environments for low-and moderate-income persons.

The 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or commonly referred to as the CARES Act, allows CDBG-CV funds to be used to prepare, prevent, and/or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. CDBG-CV funds are available to both non-entitlement and entitlement communities. OCR will utilize up to $127 Million in CDBG-CV funds for a series of activities to prevent the spread of the virus, respond to the impacts of the virus, safely reopen and prepare businesses and facilities for new safety protocols. The approved uses of CDBG CARES funding fall under four general categories: Small Business Assistance, Public Facilities/Infrastructure, Housing Improvements, and Public Services.

All proposed activities must meet critical thresholds that include but are not limited to; can be completed within 12 months of the award, compliance with HUD’s National Objectives and explicitly prevent, prepare for and respond to Coronavirus. Applicants for NYS CDBG funds are required to meet Citizen Participation requirements by issuing a public notice and holding a public hearing prior to submitting an application. Project activities must not commence prior to award and approval of environmental materials by the Office of Community Renewal. 

Please review full Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and Request for Applications (RFA) for details and requirements.

Forms and Documents

Funding Materials

Funding Materials
CDBG-CV (CARES Act) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
CDBG-CV (CARES Act) Request for Applications (RFA)
CDBG-CV (CARES Act) Application
Duplication of Benefits Worksheet
Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire (VRQ)

Please note that HCR is not accepting new consultation forms at this time. Applicants who have previously submitted consultation forms are not guaranteed CDBG-CV funding and proposals will be accepted and awarded based on the availability of uncommitted funds.

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