Community Development Grant Opportunities
NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.
Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for community development funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for community development grants, please fill out the form to the right.
There are several different headings under this U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development grant program. The CDBG Entitlement Community Grant allows larger cities to apply for funding to create affordable housing and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, particularly for low to moderate income individuals. The Small Cities CDBG Program, administered by individual states, assists local governments to carry out community development programs. Each state develops funding priorities annually. Also, different states have different mechanisms for distributing HUD funds, so procedures and deadlines vary from state to state. Through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, HUD awards grants to communities hardest hit by foreclosures and delinquencies to purchase, renovate, or redevelop homes and stabilize neighborhoods.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that two grants not to exceed $929,111 have been appropriated for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. The two grants provide technical assistance to rural transportation (RT) projects, which could greatly help transportation projects in downtown areas. To be eligible, towns and cities must have a population under 50,000.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grants to help communities that have been hit hard by foreclosures and abandonment. Grantees of this program can develop their own funding priorities as long as 25 percent of the funds are appropriated for the purchase and redevelopment of abandoned or foreclosed homes. These homes must be used to house individuals or families whose incomes do not exceed 50 percent of the area median income. Use the website to find your your local HUD representative for more information on applying for this program.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the Community Facilities Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to low-income areas with less than 20,000 residents to develop facilities that are necessary to the community. Grants are used to construct facilities that are used for public safety, public services, community services and health care. Funds are also used to buy equipment that is needed to run the facilities. Grant amounts are formula-based with areas having the lowest income and population levels getting higher financial considerations. Eligible applicants include municipalities, counties, districts, tribal government agencies and non-profit organizations.
These grants from HUD would be perfect for towns focused on rejuvenating their downtown area with new residential projects. Main Street area revitalization efforts seek to rejuvenate older, downtown business districts by taking obsolete commercial or business buildings and converting them to rent producing affordable housing. Local governments with a population of 50,000 or less, and 100 or less physical public housing units are eligible for this grant program.