Community Development Block Grants

Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning and Development Office

Program Type:

Grant

Eligible Geography:

Nationwide

Summary:

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. It authorizes a variety of funding programs to States and Entitlement Areas.

Eligible Recipients:

Local Government; State Government

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Funds are allocated as a formula-block grant to states, or grantees can apply for CDBG as an Entitlement Community. Apply for CDBG funds through your state if not an Entitlement Community.

Eligible Purpose:

Building Connectivity; Anchor Institution Connectivity; Last Mile Connectivity; Digital Inclusion/Digital Skills Training; General Infrastructure; Broadband Enabled Devices (General); Broadband-Technologies Workforce Training

Eligible Purpose Detail:

CDBG funds can be used for a variety of activity related to broadband-deployment, including:

-Infrastructure development, internet access, wiring, hardware and software purchases, development and construction of computer rooms, digital literacy classes/economic development, etc.
-Public facilities and improvements (includes infrastructure and excludes buildings for the general conduct of government).
-Reconstruction and rehabilitation (housing).
-Public services (education/training).
-Activities carried out through a private or public non-profit.
-Economic development assistance to a for-profit business.

Installation of a broadband trunk is not eligible because the service area is likely too large and not tied to Public Benefit Standards. Public service activities have a 15% grant funding cap. Public services may include the installation of satellite dishes and similar equipment on private homes or the provision of wireless routers and/or computers to income-eligible persons or households. Economic Development projects must comply with Public Benefit Standards.

Note/Additional Resources:

https://www.hudexchange.info/faqs/programs/cdbg-entitlement-program/broadband-infrastructure/can-community-development-block-grant-cdbg-funds-be-used-to-fund/
https://www.hudexchange.info/trainings/courses/2017-2018-connecthome-using-cdbg-for-broadband/2561/