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The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides funding to assist a wide range of eligible activities, including housing improvement projects, public facilities such as water and sewer l ines, buildings such as local health centers or head start centers, and economic development projects. All projects must substantially benefit low and moderate income persons.

The total funding level is approximately $37.4 million with approximately $26 million available for the annual competition. The maximum amount available per applicant is $750,000 for Single-Activity during regular competition and $1,000,000 for Multi-Activity during regular competition. More...

Local Match Requirements - Annual Competition:

  • Grants up to $300,000, or grants for single activity housing projects - no matching funds required.
  • Grants of $300,000 to $750,000 - 5% local matching funds required.
  • Grants of more than $750,000 - 10% local matching funds required.

Eligible Applicants
Eligible applicants are units of general local government, excluding metropolitan cities, urban counties, and units of government eligible to participate in the urban counties or metropolitan cities programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eligible applicants selected for funding will be those having the greatest need as evidenced by poverty and per capita income and whose applications most adequately address the needs of low and moderate income persons and have the greatest impact.



  • On April 2, 2018, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) received 105 applications requesting $67,408,690 in assistance through the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2018 Annual Competition.

    A detailed analysis of the types of applications received and the amounts requested as well as an alphabetical listing with project descriptions are provided. The Community Finance Division (CFD) will be reviewing the applications using DCA’s HUD-approved Method of Distribution as the standard for evaluation and scoring. Funding announcements are anticipated in August 2018.

  • Deal announces more than $37.5 million in community development awards

    August 31, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 59 Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.55 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).   
    “Georgia’s economic growth is a result of strong and prosperous communities across the state,” said Deal. “The CDBG program addresses critical community needs by providing cities and counties with the necessary resources to improve overall quality of life and revitalize the local economies that need it the most. By continuing to invest in our local communities, we are preparing all of Georgia’s citizens for an even brighter future as well as solidifying our position as the top state in the nation for business.”
    Of the 59 communities receiving grants, 51 will receive $32.7 million in CDBG funds for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers to serve citizens in need. Also, $4.8 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program and Redevelopment Fund awards have been presented to 10 Georgia communities to invest in restoration and economic development projects that are creating 446 jobs and generating an additional $117 million in private investment.
    The CDBG program supports projects in Georgia’s small and rural communities that create jobs and assist citizens with low and moderate incomes. Awards ranging from $237,639 to $1 million will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods and construction of facilities such as health, youth and senior centers. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of receiving awards.
    “CDBG grants help lay the groundwork for future growth for our communities, and are often leveraged with other funding to help them prepare for economic development opportunities,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles. “These awards are about helping each community achieve its vision and implement plans to create a bright future.”
    The annual grants are one of the most recognized, competitive and vital programs administered by DCA. CDBG funds support the establishment, expansion or renovation of public facilities, including domestic violence and battered women’s shelters and facilities for abused children. The CDBG program’s investments in new and enhanced health care facilities have helped more than 250,000 Georgians gain access to improved health care services, primarily in hard-to-reach areas. To date, the CDBG program has funded critical projects to improve water and sewer services for more than 200,000 people in rural communities across the state.
    A complete list of 2017 CDBG awards is attached. More information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards and annual conference is available here
    About the Department of Community Affairs
    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to help them build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified Georgians with low and moderate incomes buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit