Community Development Block Grant

The City of Asheville has opened applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The application process is online and a training webinar is required in order for applicants to access the link to the application.

The link to the webinar for CDBG and HOME application is here.   Once you complete the webinar and fill in your contact information, an email will be sent to that email address with a link to begin the application. We strongly encourage that senior leadership/ executive directors view the webinar as well in order to be informed of the requirements and processes for these federal funding streams.

Applications may be saved prior to submittal, and applicants will have the opportunity to preview their application before submitting.

Links to necessary attachments are located within the application. Please note that spreadsheet forms and other attachments are linked through Google and cannot be edited directly. Please download a copy to edit, and submit your copy as an attachment at the end of the application.

The deadline for applications is Friday February 7 2020 by 5 pm. 

The City of Asheville’s Community Development staff is holding two sessions for drop-in technical assistance related to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) 2020-2021 grant applications. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the application and the award process, as well as to meet the Community Development Staff.

Drop-in Session 1: Thursday January 16 2020, 9 am – 10:30 am, City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, 5th floor large conference room.

Drop-in Session 2: Thursday January 16  2020, 4 pm- 6 pm, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street in the classroom.

No RSVP is needed for these events. Please feel welcome to reach out to Community Development staff if you have any questions.

We are here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions, concerns and/or technical assistance. We are always open to your feedback and suggestions.

CDBG and HOME eligibility: Paul D’Angelo /

Homelessness Related grants: Brian Huskey /

Online application process: Megan Gaskell /

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:

2019-2020 Funding Recommendations

2019-2020 Program Recommended Funding 2019-2020
CARING for Children-Trinity Place Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter $13,003
Getting Back to the Basics- Project Lighten Up/ E.D.U.C.A.T.E. $14,629
Helpmate, Inc.-Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors $21,131
Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina-AHOPE Coordinated Entry $42,261
OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling-Financial Capabilities Program $17,880
YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina- MotherLove $7,164
YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina-Empowerment Child Care $9,753
River Front Development Group- African American Heritage Tourism $14,629
Pisgah Legal Services-Homelessness Prevention Project $28,776
Homeward Bound-Housing Services $78,952
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity-Home Repair – Low-Income Homeowners $93,572
Green Opportunities-GO Green! Creating Career Paths for Buncombe County Residents $243,678
Mountain BizWorks-Opportunity Asheville $81,213
Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation-Opportunity Asheville $81,213
Carolina Small Business Development Fund-Opportunity Asheville $90,960
The SPARC Foundation-Changing Together $47,526
City of Asheville- Program Administration $211,836

How does my agency apply for CDBG?

Applications for Community Development Block Grants are typically open between mid-December and early February, with funding recommendations made by the Housing and Community Development Committee in late March. The application period for 2020-2021 CDBG funding is currently open. Links to the webinar and application can be found at the top of this page.



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

Megan Gaskell 

last update- 12/31/19

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