Donor Name: City of East Lansing
City: East Lansing
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/21/2022
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant program is to provide for “the development of viable communities by the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.”
In order for a project to receive CDBG funding, it must qualify as an “eligible activity” and qualify as being in pursuit of one of three “national objectives.”
Three national objectives:
- Benefitting low- and moderate-income persons
- Preventing or eliminating slums or blight
- Meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.
There is a wide array of activities considered eligible for CDBG funding. Below are a few examples:
- Acquiring, constructing, rehabilitating, or improving public facilities (neighborhood centers, sidewalks, public parks, etc.).
- Providing public services (e.g., organizations that provide childcare, health care, job training, services for senior citizens, etc.).
- Financing rehabilitation costs for low-to moderate-income households.
- Supporting the establishment, stabilization, and establishment of local microenterprises (businesses with five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the business).
- Financing down payment assistance for low-to moderate-income households.
There are a variety of businesses, organizations, and other groups that are eligible to apply for CDBG funding through this application. Some examples include:
- Departments of the City of East Lansing who work with contractors to do public facilities/improvements such as sidewalk and park improvements.
- Public or private non-profit agencies that provide public services to low-to moderate-income communities, housing rehabilitation, or other activities that qualify for CDBG funding.
- Microenterprise business owners in East Lansing or individuals developing a microenterprise in East Lansing (microenterprises are businesses with five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the business).
For more information, visit Community Development Block Grant Program.