Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Overview
Rural communities have many pressing needs that require outside financial assistance. Through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the State of Indiana requests federal funds annually to help with a variety of projects including water infrastructure, public facilities, blight clearance, Mainstreet revitalization and many others. These funds help communities to improve quality of life and to ensure the health and safety of their residents. In turn, this enhances their ability to create places where citizens can grow, thrive and prosper.
Be sure to visit OCRA’s 2023 Calendar.
CDBG Planning Grants now open for applications
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs' Community Development Block Grant Planning Grant program is now open for applications. Fourth quarter applications will be accepted until Nov. 17, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET via the Indiana Electronic Grants Management System here. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 17, 2023, as technical assistance will not be available after that time.
The following plan types will be open as part of the fourth quarter round:
- COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan
- Comprehensive Plan
- Water Infrastructure Plan
- Broadband Readiness Plan
- Economic Development Plan
- Environmental Assessment
- Public Facilities Feasibility Study
- Historic Preservation Plan
- Downtown Revitalization Plan
While a formal site visit is not required for this program, applicants must contact their OCRA community liaison to 1) notify the office of their intention to submit an application and 2) to receive technical assistance on the planning process. A map of community liaison districts can be found here.
- All income surveys initiated under OCRA’s current policy, effective June 5, 2022, for this planning round must be approved by OCRA in eGMS ahead of the application due date of Nov. 17, 2023.
- All completed income survey documentation for this planning round should be submitted for final approval in eGMS by Nov. 3, 2023, to ensure OCRA has the full 10 days to complete its review.
- As a reminder, the new Qualifications Based Selection Planning Grant Procurement Policy is in effect as of Aug. 15, 2022. In accordance with the policy, procurement of professional services for the planning study must be completed prior to the submission of the planning grant application in eGMS for quarter four of 2023.
The next round of planning grants is expected to continue quarterly until funds have been exhausted.
Planning grants are funded with Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goal of the program is to encourage communities to plan for long-term holistic community development. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the planning grant process.
CDBG Round 2 Grants now open for applications
The following programs are currently accepting applications:
Funding for all CDBG programs comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by OCRA. The state of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects such as improving infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements and economic development.
Proposal submissions will be collected via the electronic Grants Management System. Instructions can be found at in.gov/ocra/cdbg.
2023 Round 2 proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 and must be submitted here. Communities are encouraged to submit their applications prior to 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 20, 2023, as technical assistance will not be available after that time.
2023 Round 2 applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 and must be submitted here. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to 4 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2023, as technical assistance will not be available after that time.
For further information on these programs, contact your assigned OCRA regional Community Liaison.
- CDBG 2023 Round 2 Application Instructions
- CDBG 2023 Pre-Recorded Webinar
- CDBG 2023 Pre-Recorded Webinar Slides
- Program Specific Points: Green Infrastructure
For further information on these programs, contact the assigned OCRA regional community liaison.
- Duplication of Benefits Disclosure
- Duplication of Benefits Disclosure clarification video
- Detailed budget template
- Legal section
- Signature page
- Access the portal here: indianaegms.force.com/Grants.
2023 Action Plan: Stakeholder Survey
The State of Indiana, as a recipient of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is conducting a survey to collect information on housing and community development needs in the state to inform its 2023 Annual Action Plan. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs encourage Partners and Stakeholders to respond this survey. The results of this survey will inform how the state chooses to allocate housing and community development funds for the 2023 program year.
This survey is designed for people who work in the fields of housing and community development, lending, social services, fair housing, and advocacy. Because this study is focused on the state’s smaller cities and rural areas, we are especially interested in hearing from people who work in these communities. We also welcome input on statewide issues that affect Indiana residents, regardless of where they live. You can access the survey online at: https://www.research.net/r/StakeholderSurvey23.
Please invite others in your field to participate in the survey. This survey closes on March 3, 2023 at close of business. This survey is being conducted by Root Policy Research, a community consulting firm in Denver. If you would like to request assistance with the survey or an alternative format contact Julia Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-880-1415 x106.
For more information on the 2023 Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development click here.
- 2022 CDBG Round 2 Awards
- 2022 CDBG Round 1 Awards
- 2021 CDBG Round 2 Awards
- 2021 CDBG Round 1 Awards
- 2020 CDBG Round 2 Awards
- 2020 CDBG Round 1 Awards
- 2019 CDBG Round 2 Awards
- 2019 CDBG Round 1 Awards
- 2018 CDBG Round 2 Awards
- 2018 CDBG Round 1 Awards
- CDBG 2017 Round 3 Awards
- CDBG 2017 Round 2 Awards
- CDBG 2017 Round 1 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
- Blight Clearance Program
- Planning Grants
- Public Facilities Program
- Main Street Revitalization Program
- Stormwater Improvements Program
- Wastewater Drinking Water
- COVID-19 Response Program
- Consolidated and Action Plan
- CDBG Handbook & Forms
- CDBG Resources
- CDBG Policies
- Grant Administrator Certification
- Grant Administration Continuing Education
- Grant Administration Training
- GMS Resources