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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, 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.

During these unprecedented times, OCRA will continue with the suspension of multiple programs in response to COVID-19. This decision reflects the priority of maintaining flexibility to respond to the impact of the pandemic on rural communities. OCRA will continue to evaluate the pandemic’s impact and the corresponding priorities of rural communities to determine the feasibility of reinstating suspended programs. Be sure to visit OCRA'S calendar for all 2022 dates.

Recent News

The first round of Community Development Block Grants for 2022 is now open for applications.

The following programs are currently accepting applications:

No changes to the Construction Grant program are anticipated for the 2022 Round 1, as OCRA continues to collect and evaluate stakeholder feedback on the program. All existing policies and requirements will remain in effect unless otherwise notified by OCRA.

2022 Round 1 proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, April 29, 2022 via the Indiana Electronic Grants Management System. However, OCRA encourages communities to submit proposals before 4:00 p.m. ET as there will be no technical support available after that time.

2022 Round 1 applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, July 1, 2022 via the Indiana Electronic Grants Management System. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to 4:00 p.m. ET on July 1, 2022, as technical assistance will not be available after that time.

For further information on these programs, contact the assigned OCRA regional community liaison.

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.


The Planning Grant program is now open for applications. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 12, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET via the Indiana Electronic Grants Management System. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 12, 2022, as technical assistance will not be available after that time.

The following plan types will be open as part of the third quarter round:

  • COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan;
  • Comprehensive Plan;
  • Water Infrastructure Plan;
  • Broadband Readiness Plan;
  • Economic Development Plan;
  • Environmental Assessment;
  • Historic Preservation Plan; and
  • Public Facilities Feasibility Study.

No changes to the planning grant program will be implemented this round as OCRA continues to collect and evaluate stakeholder feedback on the program. All existing policies and requirements remain in effect for planning projects. 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.

The next round of planning grants is expected to continue quarterly until funds have been exhausted.

Click here for more information on the Planning Grants program.

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.