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This program funds projects assisting private property owners in the rehabilitation of structures to prevent the spread of blighted conditions.






of the total project cost


January 29, 2024 – December 2, 2024



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    Have an acceptable use project
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    Meet Housing and Community Development Act objectives


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Program Overview

Funding Amounts

$2 million has been allocated for the Commercial Rehabilitation program in 2024. The maximum amount of CDBG funds that can be applied for is $300,000. An applicant can only submit one application before December 2, 2024.

Qualifying Projects

This program funds projects assisting private property owners in the rehabilitation of blighted structures to prevent the spread of blighted conditions. Eligible expenses include:

  • Construction costs for building rehabilitation to correct code violations, historic preservation, or building renovation for job creation.
  • Improvements to the exterior of the building, abatement of asbestos hazards, and lead-based paint hazards evaluation and reduction.
  • Potential rehabilitation of properties not located in a slum or blighted area, if it eliminations specific conditions that are detrimental to public health and safety.

Selection Criteria

Grant applications are evaluated for funding based on project need, readiness, impact, sustainability and matching funds source and availability.

Key considerations include:

  • Projects that meet a national objective and involve an eligible activity under the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974, focused on privately owned buildings.
  • Job creation or retention of employees, with at least 51 percent of the beneficiaries (employees) meeting HUD’s LMI (low-to-moderate income) requirements – which is at or below 80% of the Average Median Income for the county in which the family resides.
  • If the applicant community qualifies under the LMI Job Creation/retention national objective the application must be submitted under that category.
  • Download grant guidelines for more information on program requirements.


Is there a match requirement?

Yes, the application requires a 25% cash match.

Can the donation of land meet part of the match requirement?

Yes, it can but at least 10% of the match must be cash.

How to figure out the low- and moderate-income (LMI) requirements?

Cities and Counties can qualify by using the 2015 HUD Census data spreadsheet to determine their current LMI percent that HUD is reporting as a qualifier. If the community does not meet our 51 percent LMI requirement based on the data in that document, they can choose to do an income-based survey of the city or county that benefits from the project. Sometimes projects are not a city-wide or county-wide benefit, which results in target area benefit. To meet the 51 percent LMI requirement for this type of project, an income-based survey of the beneficiaries only in that area is required. Additional information on how to conduct an income-based survey can be requested from the CDBG team.

If we apply for more than one project will that hurt our applications rating or chances?

Cities are eligible to submit only one application per year for our Annual Competition. Counties may apply for two. They may apply for one for themselves or one on behalf of another organization or entity.

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How to Apply


LMI help The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet a community development need having a particular urgency.

View LMI Family Income Limits for
Persons in
LMI Family Income Limit*

*LMI calculations are from 2015 Census and LMI by household are from 2023 HUD Section 8. Final LMI will be confirmed upon application review.


Find Assistance

Assistance from a professional with CDBG grant experience can help you streamline and strengthen your application. Some or all of the costs to engage help can be covered by your award.

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Have Questions?

Email Timothy Parks, CDBG Specialist,
[email protected]
(785) 480-8072