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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program (Indiana)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)


    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides flexible funding to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and improved community facilities/services. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. All CDBG-funded activities must meet one of the following national objectives: (1) Benefit low- and moderate-income persons; (2) Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; or (3) Meet certain community development needs having a particular urgency.

    In Indiana, CDBG funds may be utilized to address construction or renovation of various infrastructure projects such as water, wastewater and solid waste facilities, streets, and flood control projects; construction or improvements of a range of community facilities such as senior, health and social services centers; expansion of public services to serve low-income persons; creation of new jobs through small business loans or infrastructure improvements; and various affordable housing projects including home reconstruction, rehabilitation or repair programs. 

    Funding is divided into the following program categories: 

    • Blight Clearance Program - Funds encourage Indiana communities with eligible blighted properties to focus on long-term community development and revitalization. Eligible project sites include (1) deteriorated or abandoned downtown buildings and (2) Vacant and unusable industrial sites.
    • Main Street Revitalization - Funds encourage Main Street communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development within the downtown area. This program will work in conjunction with the Indiana Main Street Program and the overall goals and strategies for the Main Street revitalization efforts across the state. Eligible projects include (1) Streetscape, (2) Façade Rennovations, and (3) Downtown Infrastructure Rehabilitation
    • Planning - Funds encourage Indiana communities to focus on long-term planning and community development. Eligible projects include (1) Comprehensive Plans, (2) Downtown Revitalization Plans, (3) Historic Preservation Plans, (4) Community Facility Feasibility Studies, (5) Economic Development Plans, (6) Utility Plans, (7) Park Plans, and (8) Dam and Levee Plans
    • Public Facilities - Funds encourage Indiana communities with eligible populations to focus on long-term community development. Eligible projects include (1) ADA Accessibility, (2) Community, Learning, Healthcare, Senior and Daycare Centers, (3) Dams/Levees, (4) Fire Protection/EMS Buildings, (5) Historic Preservation, (6) Libraries, (7) Parks and Recreation, and (8) Special Needs Buildings
    • Stormwater Improvements - Funds assist Indiana communities that suffer from flooded property and sewer backups and flooding due to inadequate stormwater management. Projects should aim to (1) Reduce flooding, (2) Cut stormwater treatment and energy costs, (3) Protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape, and (4) Generate jobs and spur economic revitalization
    • Water/Wastewater Improvements - Funds assist Indiana communities that struggle with inadequate water supply and failing wastewater treatment. Projects should aim to (1) Protect the health of community members and the environment, (2) Reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities, and (3) Improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth.

    For more information on these projects and other program details, contact the approrpiate community liason listed at:


    History of Funding

    Past CDBG Awards can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Additional information, including state priorities and plans, can be viewed at:

    During these unprecedented times, OCRA will continue with the suspension of multiple programs in response to COVID-19 including Stellar Communities Program, Quick Impact Place based Grant, Public Facilities Program. Our decision reflects the priority of maintaining flexibility to respond to the impact of the pandemic on rural communities. We will continue to evaluate the pandemic's impact and priorities of rural communities to determine the feasibility of reinstating suspended programs.


    Tammy Butts

    Tammy Butts
    One North Capitol, Suite 600
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 232-8335
    (317) 233-3597

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Indiana units of local government, including cities with populations of less than 50,000 and counties with populations of less than 200,000.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are accepted twice annually. In 2020, Round one proposals are being accepted until Thursday April 29 by 11:59 p.m. ET. Final applications are due by Friday, June 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET, with funding awards being planned for August 12, 2021.

    Planning Grant Applications are accepted on a rolling, quarterly basis.

    Award Details

    $31,772,377 is available in FY 2020. Awards vary based on program category: 

    • Blight Clearance - Awards may be up to $350,000. Cost sharing/matching of 10% is required. A total of $750,000 is available.
    • COVID-19 Response - Awards may be up to $250,000. Cost sharing/matching of 20% is required. A total of $3,200,000 is available.
    • Main Street Revitalization - Awards may be up to $300,000. Cost sharing/matching of 20% is required. A total of $1,200,000 is available.
    • Planning - Individual award amounts vary based on type of planning grant (comprehensive plan, environmental infrastructure study, economic development plan, etc.), but generally range from $20,000 to $50,000. A total of $1,310,000 is available.
    • Public Facilities - Awards may be up $400,000. Cost sharing/matching of 10% is required. A total of $2,000,000 is available.
    • Stormwater Improvements - Awards may be up to $500,000. Cost sharing/matching of 10% is required. A total of $3,000,000 is available.
    • Water/Wastewater Improvements - Awards are based on user rate information, but generally range from $500,000 to $700,000. Cost sharing/matching of 20% is required. A total of $10,500,000 is available.

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