Community Development Block Grant

Notice: The application period for 2020-2021 Community Development Block Grant Applications is now closed.

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:

2020-2021 Funding Recommendations

2020-2021 Program

 Recommended Funding 2020-2021

CARING for Children- Trinity Place Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter $10,000
Helpmate, Inc. – Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors $20,000
Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina-AHOPE Coordinated Entry $40,000
OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling- Financial Capabilities Program $17,000
YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina- Empowerment Child Care $15,000
Pisgah Legal Services- Homelessness Prevention Project $28,000
Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina- Housing Services $81,000
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity- Home Repair- Low Income Homeowners $128,000
Mountain Housing Opportunities- Emergency Home Repair $95,000
Mountain BizWorks- Opportunity Asheville $120,000
Carolina Small Business Development Fund- Opportunity Asheville $120,000
Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation- IDA for Small Business $30,000
The SPARC Foundation- Changing Together $38,163
City of Asheville – Program Administration $224,218
Contingency Funds (Funds not allocated) $154,711
Recommended Funding $1,121,092


Funding Recommendations for the year 2019 to 2020

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.


Contact information


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

Megan Gaskell 


Updated 04/27/2020


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