Community Development Block Grant

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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.  CDBG is one of the longest running programs of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), evidenced by the City's participation for more than 45 years.  Locally, CDBG is administered by the City's Community Development Department-Office of Grants Administration.

All activities funded through CDBG are required to meet one of the following national objectives:

  • Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons;
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight; or
  • Meet community development needs having a particular urgency.

 

CDBG Program Applications

Housing Rehabilitation Loans

Rehabilitation loans are available to income-qualified residents who are the owner/occupant of a single-family housing unit located within the City of Bloomington, corporate limits.  Assistance is provided through a 0% interest, deferred payment loan up to $25,000.  Eligible repairs include but are not limited to structural and mechanical repairs including but not limited to: roof, windows, siding, gutters, foundation, electrical, plumbing, energy conservation and accessibility modifications.  Housing issues affecting the health and safety of the occupants are addressed first.  Ineligible repairs include luxury items, detached garages, decks/patios, driveways and general remodeling/redecorating.

To be eligible, applicants must meet HUD's income guidelines, based on household size and annual gross income.  Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be complete, including all requested documentation.  Although the City will accept a paper application, online applications are encouraged.

Click here to access the current CDBG income guidelines.

Click here to access a printable application for a Housing Rehabilitation Loan.

Click here to access the online application for a Housing Rehabilitation Loan.

 

Partner Program Grants

The City provides grants for public services and public facility and infrastructure improvements through its Partner Program.   Applications for Program Year 2020 (May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021) will be available online at 12:00 am Friday, November 1, 2019.  The application will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019.  Paper applications will not be accepted. Proposed projects will be ranked using a standardized scoring tool.  Priority points are given to proposals that focus on at least one of the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan priority areas.

 

Public Service Grants

Public Service grants are available to not-for-profits, other tax-exempt organizations and units of local government that provide services benefiting low- and moderate-income residents.  HUD limits the amount of funding allocated to Public Service activities to no more than 15% of the annual budget.  

Click here to view a list of 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan priority areas.

Click here to view a copy of Public Service grant application. (This is for reference only.  Applications submitted outside of the online system will not be accepted.)

Click here to view a copy of the Public Service grant application scoring tool.

Click here to apply for a Public Service grant.

 

Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvement Grants

The CDBG program identifies publicly-owned facilities and infrastructure, such as streets, sewers, sidewalks and parks, and buildings owned by not-profits that are open to the general public as Public Facilities and Infrastructure Improvements.  Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvement grants are available to not-for-profits, other tax-exempt organizations and units of local government that provide facility and infrastructure improvements benefiting low- and moderate-income residents.  

Click here to view a list of the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan priority areas.

Click here to view a copy of the Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvement grant application, (This is for reference only.  Applications submitted outside of the online system will not be accepted.)

Click here to view a copy of the Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvement grant application scoring tool.

Click here to apply for a Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvement.

 

CDBG Grant Software Technical Assistance

City staff will be available by appointment on November 14, November 21 and December 4 to provide technical assistance related to the grant application software.  No grant-writing assistance will be offered.  

Click here to schedule a technical assistance appointment.  

 

CDBG Grant Resources

CDBG Guide to Public Service Activities

CDBG Guide to Public Facility and Infrastructure Activities

CDBG Guide to Rehabilitation Activities

CDBG Program Year 2020 Timeline

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan Outreach Survey Analysis - Bloomington Chapter

2015 City of Bloomington Comprehensive Plan

Sample 2015 Comprehensive Plan Goals

2019 McLean County Community Health Needs Assessment

2017-2019 McLean County Community Health Improvement Plan

 

Contact Jennifer Toney, Grants Coordinator at jtoney@cityblm.org or 309-434-2342 for further information.

 

 

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