Community Development Program

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Communities interested in seeking construction funds through CDBG should begin preparing as soon as possible. The 2019 CDBG Public Infrastructure grant application deadline August 29, 2019.  To apply for funds in the next round, your community income survey must be conducted as soon as possible.  Surveys done prior to January 1, 2014 will not be accepted.


  1. Complete / Update Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) – prior to application submission.
  2. $500,000 Grant Ceiling – funds can be used for construction only.
  3. Local Match – No local match is required, however, all fund sources necessary to meet the total project cost must be secured and documented.  Obtain a FIRM commitment of funds from any source (e.g. USDA Rural Development, IEPA, or local bank) or the municipality’s council/board must pass a Commitment of Funds Resolution for the project.  Grant administration, all engineering, legal, etc. must be paid by the community from their own or other fund(s).
  4. Water / Sewer Rate Minimums – Community rates must meet or exceed 1% of the MHI per 5,000 gallons.  A deduction of 5 points will be made if rates do not meet this threshold at the time of application submission.  If funded, grantee must meet this condition prior to grant agreement.
  5. Financial Need – Communities applying for a CDBG grant must provide a list of identified capital infrastructure projects and their costs.


  1. Community Income Surveys, Low-to-Moderate Income Level (25% of overall score).  – All projects funded through the CDBG Public Infrastructure grants program must benefit at least 51% low-to-moderate income individuals as determined by HUD Section 8 Income Guidelines. This is typically documented by conducting a community-wide income survey. Surveys must be done prior to grant submission. Income surveys completed before January 1, 2013 will not be accepted. If you have not conducted a survey or your survey is out of date, please contact NCICG.
  1. Project Readiness (50% of overall score) – Communities must demonstrate Project Readiness by including in the application
    • Evidence that 100% of all necessary easements have been obtained;
    • Copies of all necessary executed cooperative agreements(if applicable);
    • An executed option to purchase land (if applicable);
    • Firm commitment of funds (documentation varies by funding source);
    • Preliminary Engineering Report Report is required and must contain the following: the problem being addressed, any historical issues in the area that impact the problem being addressed, the history of the problem itself (when, why and how it became a problem), various options to address the problem, the costs, positives and negatives of each option, and which option the grant applicant chose and why.
    • Final Engineering Design Complete plans and specifications completed and submitted to IEPA;
    • IEPA Construction Permit issued and in place by submission of grant application.
  1. Public Health and Safety (25% of overall score) – Projects must eliminate a serious threat to the public health and safety. This must be documented by independent evidence (e.g. well water tests, surface water tests, pressure tests, televising, photos, IEPA violation letters, water and sewer main break log, boil orders & map, etc.).

Please contact NCICG if you have any questions about the CDBG program.  Phone: (815) 433-5830 or e-mail