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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program (Wisconsin)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Wisconsin Department of Administration


    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides flexible funding to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and improved community facilities/services. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. All CDBG-funded activities must meet one of the following national objectives: (1) Benefit low- and moderate-income persons; (2) Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; or (3) Meet certain community development needs having a particular urgency.

    In Wisconsin, CDBG funds may be utilized to address construction or renovation of various infrastructure projects such as water, wastewater and solid waste facilities, streets, and flood control projects; construction or improvements of a range of community facilities such as senior, health and social services centers; expansion of public services to serve low-income persons; creation of new jobs through small business loans or infrastructure improvements; and various affordable housing projects including home reconstruction, rehabilitation or repair programs.

    Funds are divided into the following program categories: 

    • Public Facilities Program (CDBG-PF) - These funds help support infrastructure and facility projects for communities. Some examples of eligible projects include improvements, repairs, or expansions of streets, drainage systems, water and sewer systems, sidewalks, and community centers.
    • Economic Development Program (CDBG-ED) - These funds help support local governments to assist businesses to create or retain jobs for individuals with low and moderate incomes. Examples of eligible projects include: business loans to expand facilities or purchase equipment, specialized employee training, or business infrastructure projects.
    • Public Facilities-Economic Development Program (CDBG-PFED) - These funds help support public infrastructure projects that support business expansion or retention. Examples of eligible applications include: new or improved water & sewer service and streets that result in business expansion and job opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals.
    • Planning Program (CDBG-PLNG) - These grant funds support community efforts to address improving community opportunities and vitality. Some examples of eligible projects include the development of comprehensive plans, community development plans, and small area and neighborhood plans.
    • CDBG Emergency Assistance Program (CDBG-EAP) -This grant fund program assists communities recover from a recent natural or manmade disaster. Eligible activities include repair of disaster related damage to dwellings, assistance to purchase replacement dwellings, and repair and restoration of public infrastructure and facilities.
    • Community Development Block Grant - Revolving Loan Fund (CDBG-RLF) - Under the CDG housing RLF, homeowners in owner-occupied dwellings and homebuyers receive 0% interest loans that are either deferred or low monthly payments. Rental rehabilitation loans are 0% to 3% monthly installment loans.

    History of Funding

    Previously awarded CDBG projects can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Numerous activities are not eligible for CDBG funding. They include but are not limited to debt payment, operation and maintenance expenses, purchase of equipment, construction activities related to the general operation of government (i.e., city hall renovations unless for the sole purpose of accessibility) and any activity that does not meet one of the three HUD national objectives listed under the CDBG description.

    CDBG-EAP funds may not be used for:

    • Repairs or other costs covered by insurance or other federal or state assistance
    • Cleaning
    • Replacement of furniture, food, clothing or other personal items
    • Any repairs not directly related to the disaster
    • Repairs to State Highways
    • Income replacement


    Bureau of Community Development

    Bureau of Community Development
    101 E Wilson Street
    Madison, WI 53703
    (608) 266-7531

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Wisconsin units of local government, including cities with populations of less than 50,000 and counties with populations of less than 200,000. This excludes the counties of Dane, Milwaukee and Waukesha. 

    Deadline Details

    Deadlines vary by program area. CDBG-PF grants are awarded annually in a competitive process, with the 2021 application deadline being May 13, 2021, at 4 pm.

    CDBG-EAP applications are to be submitted within 90 days of the disaster event to which they are related. Other program applications are accepted continuously as funding remains available.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary by program area: 

    • Public Facilities Program (CDBG-PF) - Awards may be up to $1,000,000. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required. 
    • Economic Development Program (CDBG-ED) - Typical awards are $7,000-$10,000 per job created or retained, however the amount of funds awarded per job is at the discretion of DEHCR. The maximum total award for a CDBG-ED project is $1,000,000. The maximum award per job created or retained is $35,000/ job and $1,000,000 per award. A cost share of 1:1 is required.
    • Public Facilities-Economic Development Program (CDBG-PFED) - Award amounts vary. 
    • Planning Program (CDBG-PLNG) - Awards may be up to $50,000. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required.
    • CDBG Emergency Assistance Program (CDBG-EAP) - A CDBG-EAP grant may be requested for up to $500,000. DOA may waive this limit if it determines that an adequate response to the emergency requires the expenditure of additional funds and if such funds are available. 
    • Community Development Block Grant - Revolving Loan Fund (CDBG-RLF) - Award amounts vary.

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