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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federally funded block grant to states that focuses on benefiting low- to moderate-income people by providing resources for livable neighborhoods, economic empowerment, and decent housing.

Several different programs are managed through an annual allocation including the CDBG Annual Competition, the Employment Incentive Program set-aside, the Immediate Threat and Danger Set-aside (IT&D), and local Economic Development Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs).  For additional information on these programs, visit the Resources Area.

Georgia has two delivery systems for the disbursement of CDBG funds.

  • Entitlements – primarily urban cities (populations 50,000 +) and urban counties (populations over 200,000)
    • The Cities of Albany, Atlanta, Brunswick, Dalton, Gainesville, Hinesville, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Sandy Springs City, Savannah, Smyrna City, Valdosta, and Warner Robbins.
    • The Counties of Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, and Henry County.
    • The Consolidated Governments of Athens/Clarke County, Augusta/Richmond County, Columbus Consolidated Government, and Macon/Bibb County.
    • Any incorporated city within a HUD Entitlement Urban County that has chosen to participate with the Urban County through a Cooperating Agreement.
       
  • Non-entitlements - Cities/Counties that do not participate in the Entitlement Program

    At DCA, we administer the State’s Non-Entitlement CDBG program.  As the administrator of these funds, eligible applicants include Units of General-Purpose Local Government (cities or counties) that do not participate in HUD's CDBG Entitlement or Urban County program.  Individuals and non-profit entities are not eligible to apply directly for CDBG funds.  Contact an eligible applicant to see how you or your organization may be able to partner to meet the community’s needs.

Announcements

  • The State of Georgia's Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is proposing to amend its current Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018/State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019 Method of Distribution (MOD) and to propose a new FFY 2019/SFY 2020 MOD for the State's Non-Entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. The MOD affects the CDBG Annual Competition, the CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP), the CDBG Redevelopment Fund (RDF) program, the Immediate Threat and Danger (ITAD) Program, and the 108 Loan Guarantee program. Amendments to the MOD require U.S Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approval prior to enactment. The draft of the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs may be found as documents detailed below.

    The public may contact DCA directly at (404) 679-0594 or through the TDD line at (404) 679-4915 to receive a written copy of the amended Method of Distribution.

    Comments by the public regarding the amended and proposed MODs will be accepted for a period of review and consideration, ending 5:00 p.m., December 9, 2018.  The State encourages citizens and other interested parties to review the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs and to submit comments to kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov or to:

    CDBG Method of Distribution
    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Attn: Kathleen Vaughn
    60 Executive Park South NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329-2231

    A Public Hearing regarding the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs will be held at the following:

    November 29, 2018 –10:00 AM
    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Room 178
    60 Executive Park South
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    (404) 679-0594
    Email: kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov
    Web:
    www.dca.ga.gov

    The public may also join the public hearing via webinar. Please register for the CDBG Method Distribution Public Hearing on November 29, 2018, 10:00 AM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4669776910955827459.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact Kathleen Vaughn at: (404) 679-0594 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov

     

  • Gov. Brian Kemp today announced that 58 Georgia communities will receive a total of $40.7 million in federal community development assistance. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 

    The CDBG program is available to eligible local governments through a competitive grant program. Each year, CDBG supports community projects that create jobs and assist citizens with low and moderate incomes. These grants will benefit infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization and water and sewer improvements, as well as facilities for special populations such as youth and senior citizens.

    “Year after year, local governments across Georgia collaborate with citizens to address their needs regarding the places they call home,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “This year’s CDBG awards reflect how a unified and solutions-based approach can help communities to thrive and build towards a sustainable future.”

    DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn echoed Gov. Kemp’s sentiment: “It is extremely fulfilling to see the long-term impact CDBG funds have in Georgia. Investments this year will provide essential resources that benefit communities for years to come."

    Click here to see a listing of this year's award recipients and descriptions.  

  • The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) received 85 applications requesting $58,671,086 in assistance through the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 2020 Annual Competition. A detailed analysis of the types of applications received and the amounts requested as well as an alphabetical listing with project descriptions are provided. The Community Finance Division (CFD) has begun its review of the applications using evaluation and scoring criteria outlined in the FFY 2020 CDBG Applicants’ Manual. Funding announcements are anticipated in August 2020.

  • In an effort to further encourage social distancing, DCA has modified the requirements for original signatures and in-person public hearings for the FY20 CDBG Annual Competition. 

    Documents previously requiring original signatures may be signed and scanned with the resulting copy placed in the application.  Alternatively, the use of a third-party electronic signature vendor may also be used, such as Adobe Sign or DocuSign, which allow for a signature audit report.  Applicants must include the resulting audit report for all documents electronically signed using a third-party vendor in the application.  This measure should assist with maintaining social distancing protocols as documents can be mailed or emailed, signed and returned for placement in the application. 

    Additionally, as it relates to social distancing, communities have the option of conducting a virtual public hearing if any public hearing has been cancelled or postponed due to the public health crisis.  The virtual hearing must allow for questions in real time, with answers coming directly from the elected representatives to all attendees.  As with an in-person hearing, the local government must select a virtual hearing method or platform that provides for accessibility for persons with disabilities and LEP to participate.  All notice requirements as outlined in the FY20 CDBG Applicant’s Manual remain in effect and must be documented.

    As we near the revised deadline of May 1st, we have received questions regarding an additional deadline extension.  Most of these questions cite the need to obtain original signatures and/or hold public hearings. Our hope is that by allowing electronic signatures and providing HUD’s guidance on virtual public hearings, these barriers have been mitigated. The 30-day extension to May 1, 2020 remains in effect at this time and we are excited to see the applications that have already been received.  Feel free to continue submitting any completed applications in advance of the deadline.

    We understand these are unprecedented times.  Rest assured our office will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as necessary.  Should you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact our office at CDBG.Biz@dca.ga.gov.

  • As we near the April 1st deadline for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Revitalization Area Strategy (RAS) applications, we are mindful of how the COVID-19 crisis may have affected local governments and partner organizations preparing for an application submission.  Therefore, we are extending the deadline for the FY20 State CDBG Annual Competition for Non-Entitlement Communities to Friday, May 1, 2020.  All applications must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by May 1, 2020.  Hand delivered applications will not be accepted; only mailed applications received by the deadline from USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. will be accepted. We are unable to guarantee staffing in the building and are proactively limiting human interactions in response to the virus. We encourage the submission of completed applications as soon as possible and welcome early submissions.  

    As it relates to deadlines, all threshold related deadlines previously set for April 1 have been extended.  The deadlines referenced on page 13 of the FY2020 CDBG Applicants’ Manual are revised as follows:

    Annual Competition Application

    Received no later than May 1, 2020

    Completion of Professional Procurement

    May 1, 2020

    Completion of Tribal Consultation

    May 1, 2020

    Revitalization Area Strategy Application

    Received no later than May 1, 2020

    Exceptions to the “Every Other Year” Rule

    Applicants must have a current WaterFirst, PlanFirst, RAS, or GICH designation (active in the three-year program OR Certified Alumni)

    May 1, 2020

    Proposed CDBG Project must be included in the Service Delivery Strategy

    May 1, 2020*

    The Service Delivery Act (HB 489)

    May 1, 2020*

    QLG/Comprehensive Planning

    May 1, 2020*

    DCA Local Government Finance Report requirements

    May 1, 2020*

    Government Management Indicators Survey

    May 1, 2020*

    Local Government Audit Act

    May 1, 2020*

    Deadline for CDBG Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Compliance

    May 1, 2020

    The deadlines below remain in effect:

    Timeliness Deadline

    July 1, 2020

    Deadline for Submission of Bonus Point Documentation

    July 1, 2020

    Deadline for Submission of Leverage Documentation

    July 1, 2020

    Submission of RLF Closeout for Bonus Points

    July 1, 2020

    *Additional information regarding these items are detailed in the following section.

    Local Government Compliance Deadline Extension

    For those local governments with a FY2019 audit due to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts and/or FY2019 Report of Local Government Finance due to the Georgia Department of Affairs due between March 31 and June 30, a one-time 90-day extension may be requested. If necessary, this combined DOAA/DCA extension may be requested by the local government’s Chief Elected Official (Commission Chair, Mayor, etc.), and would be applicable only for FY2019 submissions due between March 31-June 30, 2020. Additional guidance on extension requests will be available in the coming days.

    Jurisdictions which request and are granted extensions for any of the DCA or DOAA requirements identified above by the existing deadline will not be penalized in applications for funding, program designations, or other state-administered benefits.