Small Cities CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Program

Fund Administrator
Program Status
Program Description

The Connecticut DOH administers the distribution of CDBG funds for the Small Cities Program, while large local jurisdictions (Entitlement Districts) are responsible for their own CDBG funding. Small localities apply to DOH for CDBG funds. Provides funding and technical support for projects that achieve local community and economic development objectives. The program is only available to CT towns and cities with populations of less than 50,000. Projects must meet at least one of the following objectives: benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, eliminating slum and blight, or addressing an urgent need.

Program Type
Type of Funding
Source of Funds
Federal block grant (subject to annual federal appropriations)
Funding Amounts/Limits

Up to $2M for public housing modernization (including pre-development and construction); up to $1M for infrastructure associated with the development of affordable housing (sidewalks, sewer lines, etc.)

Target Population(s)

At least 70 percent of eligible activities should serve households with income less than 80 percent of the
area median income (AMI). Small Cities CDBG funding goes to Connecticut to distribute to cities with populations of less than 50,000 people, who apply for funding.

Links to Additional Resources


Eligible Applicants
Eligible Project Size
Other Eligibility Guidelines

Must attend DOH’s CDBG Application Workshop.

Project must benefit an area or clientele whose population is at least 51% low- and moderate-income OR aid in prevention or elimination of slums or blight.

Prior to application, applicants must develop a Citizen Participation Plan and conduct at least one public hearing.


Application Timeline


Overview of Application Process

Prospective applicants must attend application webinar hosted by DOH in the spring; hold a public hearing on the project; conduct an environmental review; submit application in late spring and grants are announced early fall

Both the public hearing and the environmental review have strict requirements, which are provided in more detail on DOH’s public webpage.

Additional Information

Other Notes

Because the program uses federal funds, significant extra certification necessary (environmental, fair labor, etc)

HUD uses a formula to distribute CDBG accounting for indicators of poverty, poor housing conditions, and economic stagnation.

Last Updated
June 6, 2024
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