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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.

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  • August 18, 2022 - Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of the amending of the FFY2022 for the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant Method of Distribution. The proposed amendment involves modifications to the allocation of funds and the scope of the Innovative Grant Program Set-Aside. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive citizen comments on the proposed amendment.

    The Department is committed to providing communities with the financial resources to adequately address local needs including providing safe and affordable housing and other transformational changes. As an additional resource to help local governments meet this challenge, DCA will broaden the CDBG Innovative Grant program by providing additional guidance which more closely aligns with current state priorities. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive citizen comments on the proposed amendment which includes increasing the allocation from $4 million to $10 million. Georgia’s FFY2022 CDBG program is offered to eligible cities and counties for a wide range of activities as authorized under Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974, as amended. All parties, organizations, and individuals interested in reviewing a copy of the current State of Georgia Method of Distribution can be found at: https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5875.  

    The public comment period began on August 18, 2022, by posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by e-mail to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed amendment to Method of Distribution and inviting comments through Tuesday, August 30, 2022. You may direct comments during the open comment period to:

    By email to:  cdbg.biz@dca.ga.gov

    Or by mail to:

    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Community Finance Division/CDBG
    60 Executive Park South, NE
    Atlanta, Ga 30329

    DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. at 11:00 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2024364059612108045. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • December 20, 2021 - Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of the drafting of the FFY2022 for the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant Method of Distribution. The proposed Method of Distribution outlines the national program goals and objectives outlined in Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act as well as the State’s CDBG program goals to accomplish the following:

    • Address State and community priorities;
    • Ensure fairness in the treatment of all applications;
    • Promote the development of affordable housing;
    • Assist communities in preserving and developing basic infrastructure and public facilities; and
    • Support economic development activities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons through job training and job creation.

    Georgia’s FFY2022 CDBG program is offered to eligible cities and counties for a wide range of activities as authorized under Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974, as amended. The eligible activities for the FFY20221 program year are described within the Method of Distribution which can be downloaded/viewed at https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5875.

    The public comment period began on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­December 20, 2021 by posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by e-mail to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed Method of Distribution and inviting comments through January 6, 2022. All parties, organizations, and individuals interested in reviewing a copy may do so on DCA’s website at www.dca.ga.gov. You may direct comments during the open comment period to:

     

    By email to:  cdbg.biz@dca.ga.gov

     

    Or by mail to:
    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Community Finance Division/CDBG
    60 Executive Park South, NE
    Atlanta, Ga 30329

    DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5622723663588805899. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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    20 de diciembre de 2021 - El Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios de Georgia notifica la redacción del FFY2022 para el Método de Distribución de Subvenciones en Bloque de Desarrollo Comunitario del Estado de Georgia. El Método de Distribución propuesto describe las metas y objetivos del programa nacional descritos en el Título I de la Ley de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario, así como las metas del programa CDBG del Estado para lograr lo siguiente:

    • Abordar las prioridades del Estado y la comunidad;
    • Garantizar la equidad en el tratamiento de todas las solicitudes;
    • Promover el desarrollo de viviendas asequibles;
    • Ayudar a las comunidades a preservar y desarrollar la infraestructura básica y las instalaciones públicas; y
    • Apoyar las actividades de desarrollo económico que beneficien principalmente a las personas de ingresos bajos y moderados a través de la capacitación laboral y la creación de empleo.

    El programa FFY2022 CDBG de Georgia se ofrece a ciudades y condados elegibles para una amplia gama de actividades según lo autorizado por la Sección 105 (a) de la Ley de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario (HCDA) de 1974, según enmendada. Las actividades elegibles para el año del programa FFY20221 se describen dentro del Método de distribución que se puede descargar / ver en https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5875.

    El período de comentarios públicos comenzó el 20 de diciembre de ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­2021  publicando en el sitio web del Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios de Georgia y distribuyéndolo por correo electrónico a las partes interesadas del programa para informar al público sobre el Método de Distribución propuesto e invitando a comentarios hasta el 6 de enero de 2022. Todas las partes, organizaciones e individuos interesados en revisar una copia pueden hacerlo en el sitio web de DCA en  www.dca.ga.gov. Puede dirigir los comentarios durante el período de comentarios abiertos a:

     

    Por correo electrónico a: cdbg.biz@dca.ga.gov

    O por correo a:
    Georgia Department of Community AffairsCommunity Finance Division/CDBG60 Executive Park South, NEAtlanta, Ga 30329

    DCA llevará a cabo una audiencia pública virtual el jueves 6 de enero de 2022 a las 10:00 a.m.  que se transmitirá en vivo. Para registrarse visite,  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5622723663588805899. Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación que contiene información sobre cómo unirse al seminario web.

    Para obtener una copia del Método de Distribución en español, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a cdbg.biz@dca.ga.gov.

  • The CDBG Applicants’ Workshop will be held virtually on January 11-12, 2022. The purpose of this workshop is to inform local government officials and other interested parties of the procedures to be used in preparing State CDBG applications. It is designed to provide an opportunity to learn the details involved in putting together a competitive application, to ask questions, and to share information. Attendance is strongly encouraged for applicant local government officials, grant administrators as well as engineers/architects interested in learning more about the CDBG application process. The agenda can be found here.

    To register, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5622723663588805899

    The Application submission deadline will be June 3, 2022 by 11:59 pm EST. A link to the solicitation will be available January 2022. Eligible applicants are encouraged to attend.

  • As we begin to prepare for the State of Georgia's Non-entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programming for 2022, please note the following: 

    For FY2022 Annual CDBG Competition
    The CDBG  Applicants’ Workshop will be held virtually on January 11-12, 2022. DCA staff will cover important updates and information to assist communities with the application process for the CDBG Annual Competition. More information concerning agenda and registration will be coming soon. The Application submission deadline will be June 3, 2022 by 11:59 pm EST. A link to the solicitation will be available January 2022. Eligible applicants are encouraged to attend.

    To register please click on the link below:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5622723663588805899

    For CDBG Innovative Grant Program
    DCA anticipates that approximately four million dollars ($4,000,000) will be available under the CDBG Innovative Grant Program NOFA. DCA reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all, or none of the applications submitted in response to this NOFA. The maximum amount of grant request is up to $2,000,000 per application. The minimum match requirement is 15% of the amount of the grant request. Pre-application submission Deadline is April 1, 2022. This will be followed by an invitation for full application, for those selected, by official notification on or around May 2, 2022. Final application submission deadline is August 31, 2022 by 11:59 pm EST.

    Direct questions to Tommy Lowmon, Director - Office of Community Development.

  • State Officials Award $43 Million in Grants to 60 Communities

    Atlanta, GA Governor Brian Kemp announced today that sixty local governments will be awarded more than $43 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to help improve their communities.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated the annual funds to Georgia’s CDBG program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. 

    “Georgians in these 60 counties and neighboring communities will directly benefit from the quality-of-life improvements provided by the CDBG program,” Governor Kemp said.  “Our infrastructure investments are yielding great dividends, attracting major manufacturers and jobs to our state and helping keep Georgia the number one state for business.”

    The CDBG program is available to eligible local governments.  The annual grants support community projects, create jobs, and assist low and moderate-income citizens. This year’s grant awards will fund $29.9 million in infrastructure projects, $5.8 million in housing and multiactivity projects, and $7.4 million in various building projects.

    “I am extremely proud of these investments and the community impact that will result from each one.  These awards represent careful planning, hard work, and a commitment to improving local communities,” said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn.

    The CDBG grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis.  This year, Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs received more than 100 applications for more than $70 million. 

    A complete list of 2021 CDBG awards is attached.