Community & Economic Development
Community Development Block Grants
Community Development Block Grant Overview
For several decades, Southwest Region Planning Commission has been proud to serve its member municipalities as grant writer and administrator for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG program is a flexible federal grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that can be used to accomplish critical community and economic development projects that have a primary benefit for low- and moderate-income people.
In New Hampshire, CDBG funding is competitively awarded by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (NH CDFA) to municipalities and counties. Municipalities can apply for up to $500,000 per project across a wide range of eligible activities. While the program is an important source of federal funds, applying for and administering CDBG funds can be a daunting prospect for potential applicants. CDBG funding is subject to a suite of state and federal requirements that can be time consuming and cumbersome to navigate.
Southwest Region Planning Commission staff members are well experienced in the art of applying for and administering CDBG funds and can lead prospective cities, towns, and counties from the application process to successful project implementation. We offer CDBG grant writing and administrative services at no charge to our member municipalities. If there is a project in your community that may be a candidate for CDBG funding, please contact us to talk about how the CDBG program may be able to help implement your community and economic development goals.
Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding can be used for a wide range of activities where at least 51% of those who benefit have low- and moderate-incomes. Below is an overview of grant categories for the program including maximum award amounts, eligible activities and application deadlines:
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