Douglas County CDBG Program Overview
The Community Services section of the Department of Community Development is the lead agency for the Douglas County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities. The program provides funding in support of community needs throughout Douglas County. The grant amount received by the County is based on population size and the number of low- to moderate-income persons residing in the County.
The CDBG program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and was created to improve the physical, economic and social conditions for low- and moderate-income residents or assist in low-income areas. Non-profits, governmental or quasi-governmental agencies are eligible to apply for grants that can be used for:
- Affordable housing development
- Public facilities improvements
- Economic development
- Public services
- Housing services
Any project or program funded with these federal dollars must meet specific eligibility criteria set by HUD, address local priorities and goals, and meet a national objective of the program. The national objectives of the CDBG program are to:
- Benefit low- to moderate-income persons;
- Prevent or eliminate slum and blight conditions; or
- Address an urgent community need.
Activities funded with this grant must meet one of the local objectives identified in the County’s 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan, which is the long-range planning document that identifies local priority needs and goals.