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Grant Administrator Certification


Since 1994, the State of Indiana has required formal certification of all persons administering Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects in Indiana. The information below outlines the certification process and explains how to become certified. 

The CDBG certification process has been established for the following reasons:

  • This program involves complex administrative and financial procedures regulated by federal and state policies. Knowledge of the applicable regulations and policies is essential to achieve a high level of efficiency in the oversight of grant awards. The needs of the constituents are more adequately met.
  • Certification is like an insurance policy that protects grantees from unnecessary monitoring findings due to inexperienced administrators.

To view the current Certification Process, visit our CDBG Policies page.

Become Certified

CDBG Certified Grant Administrators administer grants funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant Program, which is part of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of cities, towns and counties. CDBG funding is used for infrastructure projects such as sewer, waste, and drinking water, emergency services such as fire/EMS stations, downtown revitalization, community facilities, strategic planning and community master plans, housing, and other projects which benefit communities. The Grant Administrator serves as the liaison between the funded community and OCRA and is an expert on the CDBG grant process and federal guidelines.

This is not a general grant writing course. This certification prepares participants to administer a CDBG grant after it has been funded by OCRA.  Any information about preparing applications is specific to Indiana CDBG grants only.

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GA Training Schedule

Note: All parts of class must be taken in order to receive credit. CDBG 101 will not need to be retaken for individuals who have already passed this course in April. Certified Grant Administrators who are taking 201 and 301 for continuing ed credit must take the corresponding exam to receive credit.

CDBG 101

  • Tuesday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – CDBG 101 Part 1 Training*
  • Wednesday, June 8, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - CDBG 101 Part 2 Training*

CDBG 201

  • Tuesday, June 21, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- CDBG 201 Part 1 Training*
  • Wednesday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - CDBG 201 Part 2 Training*
  • Friday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.- CDBG 201 Part 3 Training **

CDBG 301

  • Monday, Aug. 29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - CDBG 301 Part 1*
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - CDBG 301 Part 2 *
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – CDBG 301 Part 3*
  • Thursday, Sept. 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - CDBG 301 Part 4 TENTATIVE**

CDBG 401

  • Friday, Sept. 2 – CDBG CASE STUDY 401 Opens
  • Friday, Oct. 7 – CDBG CASE STUDY 401 Due

*Training is virtual through Microsoft Teams.

**Event is tentatively scheduled as an in-person study session. These events are subject to change based on capacity level and interest.

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Visit the CDBG Policies page and review the Grant Administrator Certification policy if you have questions. Any additional questions can be sent to Bolanle Oladokun.