Community Development Block Grant

CDBG Application Deadlines for FY 2020-2021

The application period for 2020-2021 CDBG  funds will be open as of Wednesday December 11 2019 and will close on Friday February 7 2020. 

We will be holding technical assistance workshops for applicants in early to mid January. Please stay tuned for dates, times, and locations.

This year, we are requesting that all potential applicants submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Community Development Department. This submittal is not required, though is strongly recommended. Our department is committed to providing early, accurate, and constructive technical assistance to applicant agencies and submitting a LOI will help us provide that assistance in the most timely manner possible.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the FY 2020-2021 year must delineate project type with an estimated request amount, and be received no later than Friday December 6 2019. Please note that submission of a Letter of Intent does not constitute an application, nor does it constitute approval for funding by the The City of Asheville or the Housing and Urban Development Department.

Please submit LOIs electronically to Paul D’Angelo, Community Development Program Director at, and Megan Gaskell, Community Development Coordinator at

Linked here are guidelines around CDBG and HOME activities, for your reference.

Please reach out to the following Community Development staff if you have questions or concerns:

CDBG and HOME eligibility: Paul D’Angelo /

Homelessness Related grants: Brian Huskey /

Online application process: Megan Gaskell /

We value all that you do for the residents of Asheville and the region and look forward to your application for the 2020-2021 funding year.

What is a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)?


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing grant funds for a variety of projects and programs that serve low and moderate income residents or eliminate slum and blight.

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) can be used for a wide range of activities including:


  • Acquisition of real property
  • Public facilities
  • Public infrastructure
  • Social services (up to 15% of the CDBG budget)
  • Housing rehabilitation (owner-occupied or rental)
  • Home-ownership assistance
  • Commercial or industrial rehabilitation
  • Historic preservation
  • Removal of barriers for persons with disabilities
  • Economic development (e.g. business loans)
  • Activities of Community Based Organizations (CBDOs)
  • Program administration, planning and capacity building (up to 20% of the budget)

CDBG cannot be used for the general conduct of city government, political or religious activities, fund raising, cash payments to individuals, or construction of new housing (except by CBDOs)


How do these grants make a difference in Asheville?


The CDBG program in Asheville serves the city of Asheville only. Every CDBG-funded activity must be located within the city limits and must either benefit low/moderate income persons or eliminate slum and blight. The City receives about $1.5 million each year. Much of this is sub-granted to non-profit agencies. The Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan guide the mission of the CDBG program in Asheville.


Federal Compliance Requirements


Activities using CDBG funds must meet a number of federal standards. Specific information about each federal requirement can be found by clicking on each link provided below:


Current (FY 2018-2019) CDBG Grant Recipients


  • Coming soon!


How does my agency apply for CDBG?


Each year a CDBG and HOME application workshop is held in December. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. The exact workshop date and time are announced in the City’s Funding Programs webpage. Application and presentation materials from last year’s application process can also be viewed from the Funding Programs page.

Applications for this years CDBG and HOME grant funds will be posted to the Funding Programs webpage in early December. Applications are typically due in early February.





If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming grant deadlines and Funding Committee meeting, contact:

Megan Gaskell 

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