Community Development Program

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), formerly called CDAP, is a statewide competitive program that provides grants to communities with a population under 50,000 to address public infrastructure needs that pose a great threat to the public’s health and safety.

The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) utilizing United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. This program is funded by Title I of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.

All communities applying must meet the established state and national objectives of the program. In particular, the project must:

  • Benefit a minimum of 51% low to moderate-income individuals based on census data or community income survey results;
  • Improve public infrastructure and eliminate conditions which are detrimental to health, safety, and public welfare.

Eligible communities may apply under three (3) component areas; the Public Infrastructure Construction Only Component; the Public Infrastructure with Design Component; and the Emergency Public Infrastructure Component. Descriptions of all the components are provided below.

  1. Public Infrastructure Construction Only – Applications are typically due in June or July.
    The funding priority for this component is for water, sanitary, and storm sewer projects. Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, demolition or installation of public infrastructure and improvements are eligible activities. Project areas must be primarily residential in character.   Funds may also be used to finance costs associated with the connection of residential structures to public facility improvements. The Public Infrastructure Construction Only grant ceiling is $450,000.
  2. Public Infrastructure with Design Component – Applications are typically due in June or July.
    This component allows units of local government who do not have the resources to provide design engineering services to include eligible activities in their construction budget. In general, eligible design activities include: engineering, architectural and design costs related to a specific activity; blueprints; and, costs of implementing plans. Design fees are limited to $150,000 of the overall grant award. Only units of local government that own (or are constructing) their water or sewer system are eligible to apply for this grant.
  3. Emergency Public Infrastructure Applications may be submitted as needed.
    Eligible activities are identical to those in the Competitive Public Infrastructure component, but which are of an urgent and unforeseen nature and have occurred outside the normal funding cycle. The Emergency Public Infrastructure grant ceiling is $200,000.


2016 CDBG Information