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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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  • 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.

  • FFY2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applicants' Workshop

    Join us for a webinar beginning on Feb 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST and Feb 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST.

    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.

    To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6323438019105799949.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Questions:  Contact kim.carter@dca.ga.gov

     

  • Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of a proposed Substantial Amendment to the Federal FY2019 Annual Action Plan. The proposed amendment involves a supplemental allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (CDBG-CV grants). The purpose of the public hearing is to receive citizen comments on the CDBG-CV Substantial Amendment.

    A summary of the initial proposed use is found in the link provided at the bottom of the page.

    A waiver provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reduces the comment period for Substantial Amendments to no less than five (5) days. The public comment period began on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­December 10, 2020 with the posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by e-mail to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed Substantial Amendment and inviting comments through December 17, 2020. All parties, organizations, and individuals interested in reviewing a copy of the Substantial Amendment 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-cv@dca.ga.gov

    Or by mail to:

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

    DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1009502718923806219.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    All comments received during the public hearing and the public comment period will be considered and a summary incorporated into the Substantial Amendment.

    To view the public hearing held, please click here.

  • 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

     

  • Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of a proposed 2nd Substantial Amendment to the Federal FY2019 Annual Action Plan. The proposed amendment involves a supplemental allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (CDBG-CV grants). The purpose of the public hearing is to receive citizen comments on the 2nd CDBG-CV Substantial Amendment.

    DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2273784963726038798. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Summary: This 2nd Substantial Amendment addresses the appropriation of $82,850,607 through the first three tranches of CARES CDBG-CV and possible additional funding through the third tranche for the State through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136 to allow funding for activities to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the Coronavirus.

    Specifically, Georgia’s amendment will alter the previous CDBG-CV amendment made due to subsequent federal funding added to various programs in response to the COVID-19:

    • Retain planning activities approved in the prior amendment;
    • Allocate the remainder of the funding to eligible public facility activities; and
    • Modify the CDBG Method of Distribution for the CDBG-CV program.

    The additional programming and substantial funding increase from the CARES Act depicted in the chart below require a substantial amendment and public notice as described in the Citizen Participation Plan.

    Modifications for Program Year 2019

    Proposed Activity                Ending Date                                   Existing Budget                                         New Budget                                                                                                           

    Increase Funding/Programming
    CDBG-CV Round 1                12/31/2026                                     New Funding/NA                                     $   24,960,281
    Public Facilities – to support response to COVID-19                                                                                    $   23,213,061
    Administration & Technical Assistance                                                                                                          $     1,747,220

    CDBG-CV Round 2                12/31/2026                                     New Funding/NA                                     $   35,499,505
    Public Facilities – to support response to COVID-19                                                                                    $   32,014,540
    Administration & Technical Assistance                                                                                                          $     2,484,965

    CDBG-CV Round 3                12/31/2026                                     New Funding/NA                                     $   22,390,821
    Planning                                                                                                                                                        $     2,051,065
    Public Facilities – to support response to COVID-19                                                                                    $   18,772,399
    Administration & Technical Assistance                                                                                                          $     1,567,357

    Total CDBG-CV CARES Act funding (Rounds 1, 2 and 3)                                                                        $   82,850,607

    Proposed activity changes by Program:  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Community Finance Division, as the designated administrator of the State of Georgia’s State CDBG and CDBG-CV programs amends the program activity to use the CARES Act funding to fund public assistance activities which includes the construction, rehabilitation or enhancement of public facilities which may include capital expenses for food banks and/or food pantries and/or access to rural health care.

    CDBG-CV Rounds 1, 2 & 3 – Public Facilities

    • DCA will work to identify public facility improvements necessary to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to” COVID-19.
    • Nine food banks exist across the state of Georgia, serving all 159 counties.  Food banks have experienced a dramatic increase in demand as a response to COVID-19.  To continue the response to COVID-19 and prepare for future surges or events, additional physical capacity is needed by the food banks.  Funding from CDBG-CV will be available for local governments in those impacted communities to apply for funding to address facility enhancements to meet demand that has resulted from COVID-19.
    • Operating with a hub-and-spoke model, food banks across Georgia work directly with food pantries to provide much needed food to individuals in need throughout the state.  These food pantries were not designed to meet the demand levels that have been experienced due to COVID-19.  Georgia’s CDBG-CV program will accept applications from local governments to support eligible food pantries as they seek to respond to COVID-19 and prepare for future surges or events.
    • The pandemic further evidenced the lack of access to health care in rural portions of Georgia.  As access to health care directly impacts individuals and how care is administered both for coronavirus and in times of coronavirus.  Data indicates that care, especially in rural parts of the state, has been lagging.  To address this, DCA intends to offer funds to eligible applicants for facilities that will address a range of health concerns from public health departments, vaccine facilities, or any health-related facility that the Department deems necessary to prevent, prepare for or respond to COVID-19.
    • Entitlement and non-entitlement local governments will be eligible to apply for funding to enhance the capabilities of food banks to respond to COVID-19.  Local governments will be eligible to apply for funding to improve facilities for food pantry and health care access within communities typically eligible to receive funding from the state CDBG annual competition. 

    The State of Georgia plans to amend the current Method of Distribution to directly fund entitlement as well as non-entitlement units of local government for the CARES Act funding.

    To date, the State of Georgia has received three rounds of CARES Act funding totaling $ 82,850,607. DCA will make awards following the requirements as set forth in the CDBG-CV Federal Register Notice FR-6218-N-01 dated August 20, 2020.

    A portion of the funds will be used for the administrative costs incurred by the State and its grantees.

    Public Comments: The State of Georgia is providing notice for the following public comment period:

    • Comment Period to Add CARES Act funding and to modify the CDBG MOD:
      A five-day public comment period begins on May 18, 2021 with the posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by email to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed amendment and inviting comments through May 25, 2021.

      The 2nd Substantial Amendment and DCA’s Citizens Participation Plan is available on the Georgia Department Affairs website at www.dca.ga.gov.  Comments and questions may be submitted:

    By email to:  cdbg-cv@dca.ga.gov

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

    All comments received during the public hearing will be considered and a summary incorporated into the Substantial Amendment.