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Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Grants to New Jersey Local Government Agencies for
Housing Rehabilitation and Community Development

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New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) - Division of Housing and Community Resources

Deadline Date:

09/13/19 - Electronic submission due via DCA SAGE; 09/20/2019 - Hard-copy applications due at the Department.


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Grants to New Jersey local units of government for a range of community development activities that primarily benefit underprivileged populations. Applicants for certain types of grants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for housing upgrades, public facilities, and community revitalization designed to principally benefit people of low- and moderate-income, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or to address recent local needs for which no other source of funding is available.

The purpose of the grant is to meet one of the three national program objectives set forth in the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended:

  1. To undertake community development activities that principally benefit persons of low and moderate income;
  2. To prevent or eliminate slums and blight;
  3. To meet urgent community development needs for which no other resources are available.

Distribution of Funds:

  • The Emergency Housing Repair Fund has been established to correct emergency conditions in owner-occupied housing where the owner is income-eligible and unable to obtain assistance from any other public or private source. Only eligible units of local government may apply on behalf of the homeowner.
  • The Innovation Development Fund (IDF) dedicates resources for new, innovative, and/or timely community development projects that fall outside the traditional funding categories, such as housing rehabilitation or public facility improvement projects. This category is specifically designed to fund innovative, small-scale pilot projects such as Entrepreneurship (Small Business) Development, Alternative Energy Sources, Energy Conservation or other initiatives that provide cost savings measures and efficiencies or generate additional revenue directly to the community. 
  • Housing Rehabilitation Fund will be used for housing rehabilitation activities that improve the condition of affordable housing in New Jersey. The fund is designed to rehabilitate only single-family owner occupied housing.
  • The Public Facility Fund is established to assist units of local government to construct or improve essential public facilities that will primarily benefit people of low and moderate income. 

For a list of activities assisted under the Small Cities CDBG Program and for information about the maximum allowances per grant, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160175

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum Public Facility award per applicant (town/county) is $400,000.
- The maximum Innovative Development award per applicant (town/county) is $300,000.
- The maximum municipal Housing Rehabilitation award is $200,000, and $400,000 for county-wide Housing Rehabilitation projects.
- The maximum award for an Emergency Housing Repair grant is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period starts on January 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant must be a unit of local government (municipality or county) NOT eligible to receive CDBG funding from any other source.

For the Innovative Development Fund: while units of local governments (ULG) may only apply to the Small Cities Program, the IDF was established to encourage ULGs to partner with non-profit organizations that have the service area and capacity to implement these projects.

The target population is people whose income does not exceed federal Section 8 standards or who otherwise satisfy applicable statutory requirements.

Ineligible activities:
-Construction of new housing
-Purchase of construction equipment
-Acquisition of vehicle(s)
-On-going income payments (i.e. tenant’s rent or household mortgage)
-Local government units staff salaries

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted to the Department electronically, via DCA SAGE, by Friday, September 13, 2019. Two hard-copy applications must follow and be submitted to the Department no later than Monday, September 20, 2019.

Applications for Emergency Housing repair may be submitted at any time.

DCA will making funding announcements on or about November 15, 2019.

Prospective applicants for the Emergency Housing Repair Fund are required to contact the Small Cities CDBG Program before submitting a proposal for assistance.

All applicants must complete the electronic SAGE application and submit supporting documentation by mail.

Match may vary from 10% to 50% of the grant amount.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mail documents with original signatures to:
Small Cities Program, 5th Floor
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
Division of Housing and Community Resources
101 South Broad Street
P.O. Box 811
Trenton, NJ 08625-0811

Terence Schrider
(609) 633-6283

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