Community Development Block Grant

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides grants to cities, counties and states to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. St. Cloud began an entitlement city in 2019.

Our Purpose

The City’s CDBG program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development: 

  • CDBG's flexibility empowers people and communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities. 
  • CDBG's emphasis on consolidated planning expands and strengthens partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector in enhancing community development. 
  • CDBG's technical assistance activities and set-aside for grantees builds the capacity of these partners. 

What Can CDBG Funds Be Used For?

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to: 

  • Acquisition of real property 
  • Relocation and demolition
  • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures 
  • Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes 
  • Public services i.e., summer camps, within certain limits 
  • Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources. 
  • Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities i.e., technical, and financial assistance to microenterprises. 

Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program:

(1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or 

(2) elimination of slums or blight, or 

(3) address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.

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Citizen Participation

The CDBG Program encourages citizen participation by providing citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds.

Community Partnerships

Effective CDBG programs depend on local collaboration, innovative solution-based  strategies with program recipients. Through community collaboration, we  strive to meet the needs of the  community with practical, tangible solutions. 

Do I Qualify?

Are you a service provider in the City of St. Cloud with a program that:

  • Benefits low/moderate income people?
  • Prevents or eliminates slum and blight?
  • Meets an urgent need? 
  • Addressed an issue directly resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic?

Your program may qualify for present and/or future funding opportunities under the CDBG program. For more information, please call 407-957-7138 or email