Community Development Block Grant Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. Nationally administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the program allows for “blocks” of grant funding to be disbursed to communities across the country, primarily for the purpose of benefiting low- and moderate-income people. While some CDBG programs are administered through state governments, St. Louis County, as an urban county (a county which is over 200,000 in population), is eligible to receive CDBG funds directly from HUD as an entitlement community. Entitlement communities are larger counties to which HUD provides annual grants to be used for “the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons” (42 USC 5301 et seq).
The Office of Community Development, a division of the St. Louis County Department of Planning, is the administrative entity which applies for, receives and provides oversight of CDBG funding for St. Louis County. While the county is the recipient of CDBG funds, it disburses much of its annual allocation to municipalities and nonprofit organizations, called subrecipients, to undertake community development activities in the county that meet one of three National Objectives:
1. Benefit low- and moderate-income persons
2. Prevent or eliminate slums or blight
3. Address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available
St. Louis County can also fund other government departments within the county and unincorporated areas of the county; however, all activities undertaken with CDBG funds must meet a National Objective and be eligible activities as defined in 24 CFR 570.201-207. Because CDBG funds are federal taxpayer dollars, they are subject to a number of federal regulations that help to protect public investment. This page is intended to help subrecipients navigate the process of applying for funding, implementing their CDBG activities, and documenting their compliance with applicable rules and regulations. For further guidance or assistance, subrecipients are advised to contact the Office of Community Development.