Non-entitlement units of local government are the only eligible recipients of Virginia CDBG funding, but these local governments may contract with planning district commissions (PDCs), nonprofit organizations and other competent entities to undertake project activities.
The intent of this program is to assist localities that find themselves in an “except for” position (i.e. fully ready to provide service to an LMI community except for all or a portion of the construction funds). CDBG funds cannot account for more than 75 percent of the construction cost of the project. No more than $15,000 of CDBG funds per household for water costs and/or $18,000 per household for sewer costs will be made available, with no single grant exceeding $650,000.
Applications are accepted on an open basis from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 or until all the funding has been allocated for the program year, whichever one comes first. They must be submitted electronically through DHCD’s Centralized Application and Management System (CAMS).
At the time the application is submitted, the following must be in place:
- Income surveys and user agreements one year old or less must document eligibility and community demand
- All engineering work must be complete
- All necessary acquisitions, including easements, must be complete
- Public hearings and the Environmental Review Record must be complete