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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Agencies, Authorities, Nonprofits,
and For-Profits for Projects and Programs to Benefit Local Communities

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Grants starting at $20,000 to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania local and regional government agencies, authorities, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations for municipal public improvements, economic development, housing, and human services projects and programs. A pre-application is required prior to submitting a full application.

A. Public Improvements: Public Improvement Projects include: sewer and water, demolition, recreation, and
general infrastructure activities.

  • Sewer and Water: The sewer and water program is a competitive funding program which requires a match share component. Funding consideration of applications are also based on an evaluation and ranking system. Eligible projects not selected for funding under the competitive sewer and water program criteria may still receive funding consideration under one of several other programs’ criteria.

B. Housing and Human Services Projects

  • Housing Development: Housing Development projects include new construction or rehabilitation of affordable single family homeownership units, or new construction or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing. A fully completed Allegheny County Housing Development Fund Application must be submitted for projects seeking CDBG funding. 
  • Human Services: Types of Human Services projects considered for funding are:
    • Senior Citizen Center improvements
    • Handicapped Accessibility projects
    • Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Drug and Alcohol, Hunger and Nutrition, Homeless, and Children and Family Services
    • General Human Services projects (these are projects that service low/moderate income clients)
    • Other activities that are in keeping with the goals of ACED’s Housing and
      Human Services activities as outlined in the 5-Year Consolidated Plan.

C. Economic Development Projects

  • Business Development Projects: Economic Development applications must lead to the direct retention or creation of jobs, 51% of which are available to and/or filled by low and moderate income persons. Applications must demonstrate: (1) that a specific number of FTE jobs will be created or retained; (2) that new FTE jobs will be created within three (3) years; and (3) that the project cannot be undertaken without block grant funds. Applications must outline a strategy for making jobs available to low and moderate income persons
  • Commercial Revitalization Projects/Streetscape Improvement Projects: Preference will be given to Allegheny Together communities. Preference will be given to applicants that have identified the streetscape
    project through a public planning process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175663

Estimated Size of Grant:

All CDBG pre-applications must have a project budget of $20,000 or greater with no less than $20,000 CDBG funds being requested.

Human Services: . As a general rule, initial grants do not exceed $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for the 2020 Cycle (Year 46), the period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CDBG accepts applications from local units of Government, COGs, Authorities, Operating Agencies, and Non-Profit/For-Profit Organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 (Year 46) CDBG Application and Award Process Timetable July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021:

- August 2: Notification letters mailed announcing 2020 (Year 46) CDBG Program to local units of Government, Council of Governments (COGs), Authorities, Operating Agencies, and Non-Profit/ForProfit Organizations. Pre-applications and applications will be available on the County website
- September 13: ACED Deadline for all public improvement pre-applications from local units of Government, COGs, Authorities, Operating Agencies, and Non-Profit/For-Profit Organizations.
- November 15: ACED Deadline for all applications from local units of Government, COGs, Authorities, Operating Agencies, and Non-Profit/For-Profit Organizations.
- November 18 - December 30: ACED and other County Agencies review applications for compliance with National Objectives and Consolidated Plan Priorities.

- January 2 – January 16: Selection of eligible projects for proposed 2020 (Year 46) CDBG funding by ACED Divisions.
- January 16 – February 14: Budget meetings with the ACED Director to review selected projects.
- March 11: Draft Annual Action Plan Public Needs Hearing.
- April 1 – April 31: Draft Annual Action Plan on display for 30-day public review and comment period.
- April 28: Draft Annual Action Plan Public Hearing
- May 15: Final Annual Action Plan submitted to HUD (45 days before Program Year starts).
- July 1: 2020 (Year 46) CDBG Program Year effective date.

Please note that a pre-application is required when applying for public improvement funds, which includes: sewer and water, street construction, catch basins, recreation, demolition, and ADA improvements.

Check with your local COG Office for the application deadline for submission to that Office.

SAM & DUNS Numbers: In accordance with new HUD regulations, organizations receiving Federal funding are required to register with the Central Contractor Registry to obtain a System for Award Management (SAM) number (formerly known as CCR) as well as a Data Universal Numbering Systems (DUNS) number. In order to get a SAM number, you must first obtain a DUNS number.

Match required:
Sewer and Water: Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) policy requires the application to provide a minimum local match of 35% or higher, based on the project’s construction costs. Verification of local matching funds may be required prior to funding commitment. Sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water system applications are then considered for up to 65% Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding based on the project’s construction costs indicated on the application at the time it is submitted

Recreation: Applicant must provide a minimum of 15% of the proposed construction costs.

Contact Information:

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

Email completed pre-applications to: ACEDCDBGProgram@AlleghenyCounty.US

Direct questions to staff at 412-350-1196.

Allegheny County Economic Development
One Chatham Center, Suite 900
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-350-1000

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