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Urgent Need For Disasters

This program helps communities address an urgent need resulting from a sudden and severe natural or other disaster where no other financial resources are available.






of the awarded grant amount

Accepted Year-Round

January 2, 2023, - December 1, 2023



  • done
    Have an acceptable use project
  • done
    Benefit low-to-moderate income households
  • done
    At least 25% matching funds

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Program Overview

Funding Amounts

$100,000 is allocated for the Urgent Need for Disasters program in 2023. Communities can request up to $100,000 for eligible expenses.

Qualifying Projects

This program funds projects that address an urgent need resulting from a sudden and severe natural or other disaster. Eligible expenses include:

  • Activities designed to meet urgent, health and welfare needs and for which no other financial resources are available to meet such needs.
  • Activities on the approved list of eligible expenditures adopted from Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

Selection Criteria

Grant applications are evaluated for funding based on project need, readiness, impact, matching funds source and availability. Key considerations include:

  • Other federal, local or state programs should be used to match or participate to relieve the threat.
  • Communities are discouraged from proposing activities that displace persons, unless no feasible alternative exists.
  • Applicants must be sensitive to potential environmental impacts based on federal environmental regulations.At least 51% of all program participants must meet 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.
  • 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 2022 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