Community Development Block Grant                                      2017-2019 CDBG Schedule

Program Objectives

  • Benefit principally low and moderate income families.
  • Aid in the prevention of slum or blight.
  • Meet urgent community development needs where an existing condition poses a threat to the health and welfare of the community and other financial resources are not available.
  • Eligible Applicants include all counties/incorporated municipalities except the cities of: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Farmington and Rio Rancho.
  • Water and mutual domestic  associations may apply for a planning grant through their county; sanitation districts, public non profit groups, etc. cannot apply directly for assistance but may apply through an eligible municipality or county
  • Indian Pueblos and Tribes receive funding directly from HUD.

Eligible Activities/Categories

  • COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE:  Water and  sewer systems; street improvements consisting of roads, streets, curbs, gutter, sidewalks, traffic control devices; municipal utilities.
  • HOUSING:  Real property acquisition; rehabilitation; clearance; provision of public facilities to increase housing opportunities; code enforcement; historic preservation activities; a maximum of $30,000 in CDBG funds per home can be used on rehab/repair activities.
  • PUBLIC SERVICE CAPITAL OUTLAY:  Community centers; senior citizen centers; community facilities designed to provide health, social, recreational and other services to residents.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  Assists communities in creating or retaining jobs for low and moderate income persons; creation or retention of businesses owned by community residents.
  • EMERGENCY:  Addresses life threatening situations resulting from disasters or threats to health and safety; must have appropriate state agency concurrence; local resources must be non existent or unavailable.
  • PLANNING:  Grant assistance must be used for a comprehensive plan if there has not been a current or updated plan within the last five years; feasibility studies; base mapping, aerial photography, GIS systems;  development of codes and ordinances; limit of $50,000.
  • COLONIAS:  Communities must be within 150 miles of the U.S. – Mexico border and be designated by the county or municipality where it is located.  The criteria necessary to qualify are lack of potable water supply, inadequate sewage system and lack of decent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Ineligible Activities

  • City halls or county courthouses; general operation and maintenance expenses of public facilities; ( the only exception is if Courthouses are not ADA compliant)
  • Housing allowance payments and mortgage subsidies; expenditures for political purposes; costs involved in preparing applications and securing funding.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must conduct at least one public hearing prior to selecting a project to advise citizens of estimated  CDBG funds available; types of projects available; obtain recommendations from citizens regarding community development and housing needs.  A minimum of three hearings is recommended.
  • Citizen participation must be encouraged with emphasis on low and moderate income persons by publishing public hearing notices in English and Spanish, and using other means such as media or posting flyers in an effort to reach the public.
  • Recommendations from the public are to be considered and the project is selected at an official regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body.
  • Each CDBG application must address at least one of the three national objectives: 1) activities must benefit low and moderate income persons 2) prevention of slum and blight 3) must meet urgent or life threatening community development need.

Application Requirements

  • Application requests are limited to $500,000 (Planning grants – $50,000).  You may also submit a phased request.
  • Applicant must meet threshold requirements:   Any grantee with one or more active grants in the infrastructure, public service, capital outlay, housing categories, and Colonias projects, cannot apply for additional funding until the current project is fully closed.
  • Rural applicants (3,000 or less population)  must provide a minimum 5% cash match; Non-Rural applicants  must provide a 10% cash match.
  • Applicants may request a waiver of the matching requirements in the absence of local resources or apply for a loan to meet the matching requirement at appropriate interest rates.
  • Applications are scored by rating certain criteria such as description and need; benefit to low and moderate income persons; leveraging; citizen participation; planning; feasibility and readiness; and  cost benefit.  The Council also will take into consideration current economic situations  and application presentation.