OEDA has a long history of administering CDBG grant applications on behalf of the communities we serve in the OEDA District. Through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) communities can make applications for a variety of programs. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program enables rural Oklahoma communities to finance a variety of public infrastructure and economic improvements that help promote job growth as a result of these improvements. CDBG funds are provided by the federal government and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) to help ensure Oklahoma’s most critical needs are addressed.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides to Commerce approximately $20 million in CDBG funds that finance economic and infrastructure programs for rural Oklahoma communities in the form of grants, loans or a combination of both.
More than 2,000 Oklahoma projects have been funded and completed since the state began administering the program in 1982.
- State objectives are consistent with the overall national objectives that are defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for CDBG programs:
- Developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income;
- Addressing the most serious community needs of the state, as identified by local governments, while promoting locally sustainable communities;
- Eliminating substandard conditions;
- Increasing the economic competitiveness of communities.
Types of Programs Funded
Typical program areas include water and wastewater system improvements, railway improvements, streets, storm water drainage improvements, fire protections, housing demolition or rehabilitation, community and senior citizen centers, and planning.
Appropriation of Funds
Commerce manages appropriations and distribution of CDBG money to grant recipients ensuring that projects are funded efficiently and program objectives are met. Funds are allocated to specific program areas annually and distributed to grant recipients between March and April. Most of Oklahoma’s CDBG funds are allocated to benefit principally low-and-moderate income persons.
General purpose local government entities (incorporated towns/cities and counties who are not participants in the CDBG Entitlement Program) are eligible for CDBG funding.
Each grant program has its own criteria and additional requirements for eligibility as well as its own application process.
OEDA has a CDBG grant administrator that will gladly assist you with any of your Economic and Community Development needs.
Please contact Jennifer Firgard Community Development Specialist