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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.

During these unprecedented times, OCRA will continue with the suspension of multiple programs in response to COVID-19 including Stellar Communities Program, Quick Impact Placebased Grant, Public Facilities Program. Our decision reflects the priority of maintaining flexibility to respond to the impact of the pandemic on rural communities. We will continue to evaluate the pandemic's impact and priorities of rural communities to determine the feasibility of reinstating suspended programs. Be sure to visit our calendar for all 2021 dates.

Recent News

Over the past several weeks, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has been in discussions with communities planning to apply for COVID-19 Response Program, Phase Three. It became evident from those discussions that more time is needed to properly prepare and complete their applications. Therefore, the Phase Three application due date is now March 11, with awards being announced on April 15.

Based on the number of Planning Grant applications received for the first quarter of 2021, funds will not be available to open applications for the second quarter on Feb. 15. No formal announcement will be made until the program year funds have been extinguished.

2020 Round 2 resources


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The supplemental funding below is to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus.

To provide a breakdown of how OCRA allocated CARES Act funding along with its annual Community Development Block Grants, please see the chart below:

Allocation AmountProgram BreakdownTotal Allocated 
FY 2019 $30,644,288

Stellar Communitites
Main Street Revitalization
Public Facilities
Stormwater Improvement
Wastewater/Drinking water
Tehnical assistance/admin
COVID-19 Response: (see below)
Testing & other services
Increase local capacity
Delivery service
Grant to Businesses
Loans to Businesses

CV 1 $18,668,114 Tehnical assistance/admin
COVID-19 Response: (see below)
   Grant to Businesses
   Loans to Businesses
CV2 $19,783,146 COVID-19 Response
Tehnical assistance/admin
FY 2020 $31,772,377 Planning
Blight Clearance
Stellar Communitites
COVID-19 Response
Main Street Revitalization
Public Facilities
Stormwater Improvement
Wastewater/Drinking water
Tehnical assistance/admin

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.