Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is an entitlement (or formula based) program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each year HUD awards local jurisdictions an allocation of funds to support community development programs at the local level. The total allocation varies from year to year, depending on the federal budget and local demographics. The City of Spokane allocates approximately 20% of the total CDBG allocation to support local improvements driven by Neighborhood Councils.

The following links provide more details on the process of selecting which projects are funded.

Project Types

There are 3 types of projects that Neighborhood Councils can choose to support. Click on the arrow next to each project type for more details regarding each including the application materials.

Pre-Created

This is for Neighborhood Councils who want to select a pre-reviewed project by City staff. The "menu" of projects that have been selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and determined by City staff to be eligible for CDBG funding and matches with established goals and strategies.

Sidewalk

Neighborhoods can identify sidewalks that can be repaired/replaced according to eligibility requirements.

Neighborhood Created Projects

Neighborhoods can identify their own projects that were not listed on the Pre-Created menu. These projects must meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate their match with the established goals and strategies.

Timeline

2018 timeline coming soon.

Resources

Choose from the below based on your involvement with the Neighborhood CDBG Program.

Neighborhood Council

Neighborhood Council leaders and those already familiar with and/or involved in the CDBG Project Selection process.

Trainings

The Community, Housing and Human Services Department (CHHS) will host 3 workshops for neighborhoods and agencies interested in the Neighborhood CDBG Program. CHHS staff will cover the same material at each workshop. Please RSVP at spokanechhs@spokanecity.org if you plan to attend one of the workshops listed below.

CHHS staff will review the following items during each workshop:

  • Neighborhood Allocations
  • Project Menu Application
  • New Project Application
  • Sidewalk Application
  • Application Timeline
  • Project Eligibility

Workshop #1
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Spokane City Hall: Conference Room 5A
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Workshop #2
Thursday, April 13, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Spokane City Hall: Conference Room 6A
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Workshop #3
Wednesday, April 19th
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Spokane City Hall: Lower Level Conference Room
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Neighborhood Maps
Conflict of Interest

required before voting on project(s) at Neighborhood Council meeting (in addition to voting requirements of your Neighborhood Council). Complete Conflict of Interest Statement.

Nonprofit Agency

Agency partners that have been approached by a Neighborhood Council about the CDBG Program

There was an RFP (Request for Proposal) process completed recently that solicited proposals to be included on the pre-created menu. Though this RFP is closed for this year, the CHHS Neighborhood page contains details about what the RFP entailed and required. If you have been contacted by a Neighborhood Council to be included in one of their supplemental requests, this information can be helpful in defining the project scope.

Please contact George Dahl (gdahl@spokanecity.org or 509.625.6036) for more information and/or to be included in the distribution list for next year's RFP.

Citizens New to Process

Citizens who would like to become involved in the CDBG Project Selection process, but are not yet connected with their Neighborhood Council

Find Out Your Neighborhood

Conflict of Interest - required before voting on project(s) at Neighborhood Council meeting (in addition to voting requirements of your Neighborhood Council).

Additional Resources for all audiences

Current Year Allocation for each Neighborhood

HUD Scrapbook – examples of projects from other communities

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

View the questions/answers below or download a printable version with all FAQs to date.

Does my Neighborhood Council need to Submit a CDBG Application?

Yes, Neighborhood Councils will not receive their CDBG allocation without a submitting project proposal(s). In some instances, Neighborhood Councils may elect to submit three separate applications. One to support a project identified on the menu, another application for a partnership and another application for sidewalks. Neighborhood Councils who fail to submit a completed project application by the identified due date will forfeit their right to those funds.

How can Neighborhoods Invest their CDBG Allocation?

Neighborhood Councils are encouraged to partner with local non-profit agencies to see how they can support local programs benefiting low and moderate income individuals. Moreover, Neighborhood Councils should consider supporting pre-screened projects provided on the CDBG Neighborhood Menu.

Do I have to invest in sidewalks?

No, unfortunately the Neighborhood CDBG program has morphed into a sidewalk replacement program over the years. Neighborhood Councils are encouraged to invest in projects/programs that provide a benefit to low and moderate income persons. Neighborhood Councils wishing to replace sidewalks will be limited to replacing only sidewalks that impose a significant threat to public safety.

How does my Neighborhood Council Apply to Receive CDBG Funding?

Neighborhood Councils do not apply to receive CDBG funding. The Community Assembly's Community Development Committee has already voted and approved allocations to neighborhoods with the greatest concentration of low and moderate income persons.

Does Submitting an Application Guarantee Project Funding?

No, only projects meeting the eligibility requirements set by HUD will be funded. Additionally, City staff is required to conduct a risk assessment on all agencies receiving federal funds. The City of Spokane reserves the right to reject any application that fails to meet eligibility requirements or lacks the administrative capacity to administer federal/public funds. Please consult with George Dahl (gdahl@spokanecity.org or 509.625.6036) in the Community, Housing and Human Services Department prior to submitting a complete application.


Related Documents

Educational Videos

Contact Information

George Dahl
Community, Housing & Human Services
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201-3329
509.625.6036
gdahl@spokanecity.org