• City of Houghton

  • City of Harrison

  • City of West Branch

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the State of Michigan, through the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) with assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), for further distribution to eligible Units of General Local Government (UGLGs) to carry out MSF-approved activities. For a complete summary of approved program uses, refer to Michigan Consolidated Plan.

CDBG program funds are used to provide grants and loans to UGLGs, usually with populations under 50,000, in support of economic or community development projects. Project proposals are considered and evaluated continuously based upon the MSF's approved Application Guide.  Eligible activities include:

  • Blight Elimination Grants
  • Business Assistance Loans through the CDBG Loan Program (CLP)
  • Direct Assistance to Business Grants
  • Façade Improvement Grants
  • Infrastructure Grants - Business Development and Downtown Development
  • Planning Grants
  • Signature Building Acquisition Grants
  • Rental Rehabilitation Grants

 

Process & Guidelines

Next Steps

Completing the typical approval process steps can take between 3 to 5 months, with no funds being spent or contracts signed during that time.

Please note: The following steps are offered as general guidelines only to provide some guidance to communities on typical steps, timelines and responsibilities.

  1. Contact your Community Assistance Team Specialist (CAT map) or Business Development Manager (BDM map) for initial review and evaluation of a project.
  2. If the project is determined to meet the criteria of the program desired, the community will be asked to complete a CDBG Application.
  3. Following submission of the CDBG Application, the Community Assistance Team Specialist or Business Development Manager will present the project to staff for support.
  4. If supported, the community will be required to complete an Environmental Review.
  5. Once complete, the project will be recommended by the MEDC to the MSF for consideration.
  6. If the project is approved by the MSF, the community will be provided a Grant Agreement.
  7. Upon all documents being signed and approved, a CDBG Program Specialist will give the community authorization to incur costs and start project work.

In order to not jeopardize the project, it is critical that no work starts and that no contracts are signed until the applicant is given authorization by the MEDC.

For a complete summary of program requirements, refer to the CDBG Grant Administration Manual (GAM). The GAM is the State’s guide for UGLGs that have received CDBG grants from the MSF. It outlines the Federal rules that govern the use of CDBG awards as well as the MEDC’s policies regulating the application process and the on-going operation of its CDBG- funded programs from initial award to grant close-out.

CDBG Reporting Dates

Report Due Dates for CDBG Grants and CDBG Loan Program (CLP)

JAN
15 - Job Creation Summary Report
15 - Progress Report (per Grant Agreement)
15 - CLP Annual Performance Report for Local Funds
15 - CLP Annual Performance Report for Regionalized Funds
30 - CLP Financial Report
30 - CLP Quarterly Admin Request
30 - CLP Quarterly Program Report
MAR
10 - Contract and Subcontract Activity Report, HUD-2516
10 - Labor Standards Enforcement Report, HUD-4710
APR 
15 - Progress Report (per Grant Agreement)
30 - CLP Quarterly Admin Request
30 - CLP Quarterly Program Report
JUL 
15 - Job Creation Summary
15 - Progress Report (per Grant Agreement)
30 - CLP Financial Report
30 - CLP Quarterly Admin Request
30 - CLP Quarterly Program Report
31 - Section 3 Summary Report
SEP
10 - Contract and Subcontract Activity Report, HUD-2516
10 - Labor Standards Enforcement Report, HUD-4710
OCT 
15 - Progress Report (per Grant Agreement)
30 - CLP Quarterly Admin Request
30 - CLP Quarterly Program Report
AUDITS
Audit Certification - 60 days of FYE
Single Audit - 9 months of FYE
FINAL REPORTS
Payment Request - 60 days of TOW
Progress Report - 120 days of TOW
Closeout Documents - 120 days of TOW

Resources & Fact Sheets

Looking for guidance in the CDBG process? 

We’ve created and identified documentation to serve as a resource for this program. You can find these and more on the Resources page.

Contact Information

for more information ...

on the State of Michigan CDBG Program, please contact our Customer Contact Center and they will direct you to the appropriate staff.