Completing the typical approval process steps can take between three to five months, funds being spent or contracts signed during this time will need CDBG staff approval.
- Contact your Community Assistance Team Specialist (CAT map) or Business Development Manager (BDM map) for initial review and evaluation of a project.
- If the project is determined to meet the criteria of the program desired, the community will be asked to complete a CDBG Application.
- Following submission of the CDBG Application, the Community Assistance Team Specialist or Business Development Manager will present the project to MEDC for support. If supported, the community will be required to complete an Environmental Review.
- Once complete, the project will be recommended by the MEDC to the MSF for consideration. If the project is approved by the MSF, the community will proceed to a Grant Agreement.
- 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 CDBG Staff.
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 and 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.