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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

The second round of Community Development Block Grants for 2021 is now open.

The following programs are currently accepting applications:

Proposal submissions will be collected via the Electronic Grants Management System, or eGMS. Instructions can be found at in.gov/ocra/cdbg.

Round two proposals are being accepted now through 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 15. However, OCRA encourages communities to submit proposals before 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 15 as there will be no technical support available after that time.

Final applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 17, with funding awards announced on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.

Additionally, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced the CDBG Planning Grant is now open.

Applications for CDBG Planning Grants Quarter 4 will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 12.  Applications must be submitted via the Indiana Electronic Grants Management System, or eGMS, which can be found here. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 12 as technical assistance will not be available after that time.

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, like improving infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements and economic development.

Contact the assigned OCRA regional community liaison for further information on these programs.

2021 Round 2 Resources

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.