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Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Overview

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Rural communities have many pressing needs that require outside financial assistance. Through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana requests federal funds to help rural communities with a variety of projects to include sewer and water systems, community centers, health and safety programs, and many others. These funds help communities improve their quality of life and ensure the health and safety of their citizens.

Through these funded programs, OCRA helps Indiana rural communities to grow, thrive and prosper. Are you looking for a list of current grant administrators? Find it on this page

2020 Round 1

Round one proposals are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, April 3, 2020. However, we encourage you to submit by 4 p.m. ET as there will be no technical support available after that time. Final applications are due by Sunday, May 31, with funding awards announced on August 6. 

As noted in the March 23 announcement, the following changes have been made to CDBG 2020 Round 1

  • Planning Grants and the Blight Clearance Programs are suspended.  Applications that were received for both programs by March 15, 2020, will be scored; but the agency will not be accepting or scoring any future applications until further notice.
  • The Main Street Revitalization and the Public Facilities programs are suspended;
  • The Wastewater/ Drinking Water and Stormwater Improvements programs will continue to accept applications;
  • The public hearing requirement is further extended to require the first public hearing be completed prior to release of funds for awarded grants. The second hearing must be completed at the time the grant draws 30% of grant funds;
  • OCRA will accept public hearings and meetings that are conducted via non-in-person methods that meet guidance provided by the Public Access Counselor. Communities that have questions about public hearing and meeting options should contact the Public Access Counselor. (Note: Executive Order 20-04 provides communities with flexibility related to the Open Door Laws.); and
  • OCRA will continue to provide technical assistance to communities working on applications. Site visits will now be conducted via video conferencing; 

Visit our COVID-19 Response Program page for more information on this new program. 

2020 Round 1 resources

Community Development Block Grant 2020 Round 2

The program will open on August 24, 2020, with proposals being accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 24. However, we encourage you to submit by 4 p.m. ET as there will be no technical support available after that time. Final applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 20, with funding awards planned for December 17, 2020.

Additionally, the suspension of the Main Street Revitalization Program and Public Facilities Program will continue. Therefore, only Wastewater/Drinking Water and Stormwater Improvement Program applications will be accepted for Round 2. OCRA will reevaluate the suspended programs for 2021 Round 1.

CDBG Awards

CDBG Awards Map

Below is a map of all the CDBG funded projects, including planning grants and disaster recovery, from 2013 to 2018


CDBG Grant Programs

Click below to learn more about the specific grants included in the CDBG program

Additional information

Click to view the Community Liaison Map and contact information.  


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