Community Development Block Grants/Technical Assistance Program

To help States, units of general local government, Indian tribes and area-wide planning organizations to plan, develop and administer local Community Development Block Grant programs.

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Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - Contact the appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Technical assistance was offered to all of the 50 States and over 1,100 entitlement communities through training programs, satellite broadcasts, manuals and publications. This program did not have funds appropriated between 2000 and 2003, nor in FY 2006 or FY 2007.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be used to transfer skills and knowledge in planning, developing and administering the Community Development Block Grant programs from those individuals and institutions which possess them to eligible block grant entities and affiliated CDBG participants which need them.

Project activities show how they will increase the effectiveness with which eligible block grant communities can use CDBG funds to meet community development national and local program objectives.

Assistance may take several forms, such as the provision of written information, person-to-person exchange, seminars, workshops or training sessions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, units of general local government, national or regional nonprofit organizations that has membership comprised predominately of entities or officials of entities of CDBG recipients, for-profit or nonprofit professional and technical services companies or firms that have demonstrated knowledge of the CDBG program and the capacity to provide technical assistance services, public or private nonprofit or for-profit organizations, including educational institutions and area-wide planning organizations.

Specifications for respondents to competitive requests for proposals are stated in the request documents.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, units of general local government, Indian tribes and Alaska natives, entities participating or actively intending to participate in the planning, developing, or administering of a Community Development Block Grant program.


Applicants need to obtain a DUNS number to receive an award and submit other documentation as described in a solicitation document.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Proposals may be submitted in response to competitions and solicitations. The Federal Register publication detailing each competition spells out the submission requirements.

Award Procedures

The Secretary has final approval authority; applicants are notified of acceptance or rejection.


Deadlines are shown in solicitation documents.


Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Section 107 (b)(4), as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None specified by statute.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, projects will be funded to operate one to three years. Assistance is released on a reimbursement basis through electronic funds transfers.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly and final financial and performance reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of State and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


All records applicable to the assistance project must be kept for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until all audit findings have been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $3,000,000; and FY 09 est $5,000,000 (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 2005 range: $100,000-$539,000; average: $234,750.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR 570 Subpart E, 24 CFR 571.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Technical Assistance Division, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th St., SW., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-3176. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are reviewed according to criteria set forth in solicitation documents.

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