The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is a federally funded program administered by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program allows local governments to improve housing conditions, infrastructure, and expand economic opportunities for low-income people. The City of Punta Gorda receives funding on an annual basis as an entitlement community and first received funding in 1994. The dollars are used to fund various non-profit organizations that provide services to the community. They are also used for sidewalk, street tree and street lighting projects to improve neighborhood stability and quality of life.
What is CDBG?
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a flexible, income-driven program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula bass to local government and States. The overall goal of the CDBG program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
How much grant money does the City receive?
The City of Punta Gorda is an entitlement community. Entitlement communities receive their funding direct from HUD. HUD determines how the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measure of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
What kind of projects can be funded with CDBG money?
CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities such as housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, acquisition of real property, demolition, infrastructure and public facility improvements, economic development, and social services.
CDBG funds cannot be used for is political activities, general government expenses, building(s) for the general conduct of government (city hall), income payments, and religious activities.
Am I eligible to get CDBG funds?
Individual citizens or families are not eligible for direct CDBG funds. Only certified, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply for funding. Projects and programs must benefit low- and moderate-income individuals in CDBG eligible areas. For more information, please call Urban Design at 941-575-3372.
How can I apply?
Each year Staff prepares a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the CDBG Program. The RFP is advertised is advertised in January/February of each year with public meetings and workshops beginning in February. The application deadline is April 15
th; all applications received after April 15 th will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for alternate funding.
When will I know if I received CDBG Funds?
All applications are presented to City Council in July and City Council will make the determination of grant award and grant amounts. If approved by City Council the proposed project will be included in the City’s Annual Action Plan and submitted to HUD for approval. Once the City is notified of approval from HUD, typically in September, you will receive notification either by letter or email, your project was approved. Staff will schedule a time for you to come into the Urban Design Office to discuss the Subrecipient Agreement covering all the elements including reporting requirements, performance measures, request for funds, etc.
How long do I have to spend CDBG funds?
The CDBG fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30 and all funds must be spent or released by September 30 annually.
What if I have more questions?
Call us! We encourage all potential applicants to contact the City’s CDBG Administrator before submitting an application. 941-575-3372 or