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Kimberly Carter

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.


  • 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. 

  • Livable neighborhoods, economic empowerment, decent housing: Are these factors that can benefit the communities you serve? Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are federal dollars designated for purposes such as these. Learn the ropes at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs CDBG Applicants' Workshop on December 9-10 at Callaway Gardens.

    Local government officials, grant administrators, engineers and architects are highly encouraged to attend. The purpose of the workshop is to inform participants of the procedures used in preparing state CDBG applications. Everyone will have an opportunity to learn the details involving developing a competitive application, ask questions, and share information.

    Registration is open for the workshop and hotel reservations.


    Monday, December 9

    • 10:00-11:30 AM: Invitation-only session (TBD)
    • Noon-3:00 PM: Registration
    • 1:00-3:00 PM: General Session
    • 3:00-3:15 PM: Break (Light Refreshments Provided)
    • 3:15-4:45 PM: General Session (Continued)
    • 4:45-5:45 PM: CDBG – One-on-One Technical Assistance/Resource Tables
    • 5:45 PM: Adjourn

    Tuesday, December 10

    • 7:30 AM-Noon: Registration
    • 7:30-8:30 AM: Continental Plus Breakfast (Provided)
    • 8:30-10:00 AM: Concurrent Sessions – Application Development (Choose One of Two)
      • Session One – CDBG Public Facilities
      • Session Two – CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization
    • 10:00-10:15 AM: Break (Light Refreshments Provided)
    • 10:15am-Noon: Concurrent Sessions Application Development (Choose One of Three)
      • Session One – CDBG Public Facilities
      • Session Two – CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization
      • Session Three – Economic Development
    • Noon-1:15 PM: Lunch Buffet (Provided)
    • ​1:15-3:00 PM: General Session
    • 3:00-3:15 PM: Break
    • 3:15-5:00 PM: CDBG – One-on-One Technical Assistance/Resource Tables
    • 5:00 PM: Adjourn

    *Conference agenda subject to change.

  • 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 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

    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:  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


  • El Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios (DCA) del Estado de Georgia propone modificar su actual Año Fiscal Federal (FFY) 2018 / Año Fiscal Estatal (SFY) 2019 Método de Distribución (MOD) y proponer un nuevo FFY 2019 / SFY 2020 MOD para los programas estatales sin-privilegios de subvención en bloque de desarrollo comunitario (CDBG). El MOD afecta la Competencia Anual CDBG, el Programa de Incentivos al Empleo (EIP) de CDBG, el Programa de Fondo de Reurbanización de CDBG (RDF), el Programa de Riesgo Inmediato y Peligro (ITAD) y el Programa de Garantía de Préstamos 108. Las enmiendas a la MOD requieren la aprobación del Departamento la Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD) de los EE. UU. antes de su ratificación. El bosquejo de la modificación del FFY 2018 y las propuestas MOD de FFY 2019 se pueden encontrar en:

    El público puede comunicarse con DCA directamente al (404) 679-0594 o a través de la línea TDD al (404) 679-4915 para recibir una copia escrita y enmendados del Método de Distribución.

    Los comentarios del público con respecto a las propuestas de MOD enmendados se aceptarán por un período de revisión y consideración, que finalizará a las 5:00 pm del 9 de Diciembre de 2018. El Estado exhorta a los ciudadanos y otras partes interesadas a revisar el FFY 2018 enmendado y la propuesta para el FFY 2019 MOD y a enviar comentarios a o a:

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

    Se realizará una audiencia pública acerca del FFY 2018 enmendado y las propuestas MOD para el FFY 2019 Se llevarán a cabo en el lugar siguiente:

    Noviembre 29, 2018 – 10:00 am
    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Sala 178
    60 Executive Park South
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    (404) 679-0594
    Correo Electronico:

    El público también puede unirse a la audiencia pública a través de un seminario web. Favor de regístrese para la Audiencia Pública de Distribución de Métodos CDBG el 29 de noviembre de 2018, 10:00 AM EST en:

    Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse al seminario web.

    El Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios de Georgia se compromete a proporcionar a todas las personas un acceso equitativo a sus servicios, programas, actividades, educación y empleo, independientemente de su raza, color, nacionalidad, religión, sexo, estado familiar, discapacidad o edad. Para una adaptación razonable o si necesita un formato o idioma alternativo, comuníquese con Kathleen Vaughn al: (404) 679-0594 o envíe un correo electrónico a


  • 60 communities to get funding for critical community needs

    Atlanta, GA (August 24, 2018) – Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 60 Georgia communities will receive a total of more than $40 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

    "Strong and prosperous communities enhance the quality of life for citizens and generate economic development opportunities across the state," said Deal. "The CDBG program enables cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs and revitalize the local economies that need it most. By investing in smaller cities and rural areas, we are preparing an even brighter future for all of Georgia, maximizing opportunities for citizens and further solidifying Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in the nation for business."

    "CDBG is a vital community development tool for rural Georgia," said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn. "This program’s impact can be felt in every corner of our state."

    Of this year’s grant awards, $38.2 million will go to infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization, construction of community facilities, and water, sewer, drainage or street improvements. An additional $2.8 million will be disbursed through the Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and the Redevelopment Fund, which together are projected to create 345 new jobs and generate $50.2 million in additional private investment.

    Since 2011, the CDBG program’s investments in new and enhanced health care facilities have helped more than 30,000 Georgians gain access to improved health care services, primarily in hard-to-reach areas. Over the last eight years, the CDBG program has funded critical projects to improve water and sewer services for more than 125,000 people in rural communities. DCA has granted 59 EIP awards during the last eight award cycles to create 5,292 jobs and retain 308 more. Since 2011, EIP has generated more than $1.32 billion in private investment across the state. From 2011 to 2018, more than 12,000 children, youth and seniors have benefitted from the construction of public facilities such as community centers and Boys and Girls Clubs.

    A complete list of the 2018 CDBG awards is attached. Communities are listed in alphabetical order.

    For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards, please visit DCA’s website at and search for CDBG. In addition, informational sessions for CDBG recipient communities and elected officials will take place during the DCA Fall Conference, which is scheduled for October 10-11, 2018, at the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia. Please go to the DCA homepage to register and/or find out more information about the workshop. Workshop-related questions may also be directed to Dana Mykytyn at (404) 679-5275 or

    About the Department of Community Affairs

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified Georgians with low and moderate incomes buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit