Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 

The Housing & Community Vitality Department manages the City of Colorado Springs’ Entitlement funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Our mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for citizens in Colorado Springs. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities, services, and improved economic opportunities.  

Our Funding  

The City of Colorado Springs’ Housing & Community Vitality Department provides funding to local 501(c)(3)/ 509(a) non-profit organizations, and public agencies that serve low- to moderate-income community members.  

Public Services

CDBG Public Service funding is specifically designed to help improve conditions specific to housing, improved infrastructure, improved economic opportunities, and services to the local community.  As the grantee of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Colorado Springs Housing & Community Vitality Department administers funding to successful local applicants (subgrantees) for one program year.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided by HUD in order to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities and services, and improved economic opportunities. Federal law requires that these grant funds primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons (80% AMI or below). 

Public Services is an activity within the CDBG program. It generally funds projects that provide social services and/or other direct assistance to individuals or households. 

All CDBG projects must meet a National Objective by proving that the proposed program follows one of the following service models: 

Serves individual clients: The organization serves individual clients who are predominantly low- to moderate-income (make 80% area median income (AMI) or below). The organization qualifies clients through an income-qualification intake process, or the nature of services is such that clients are presumed to be low-income (e.g. food bank,

OR 

Serves area or neighborhood: The organization is based in and serves clients in a predominantly low- to moderate-income (LMI) Census tract. This metric is typically used for capital projects. Program examples: community center services, etc. Examples of these eligible services include, but are not limited to: Senior services, programs that serve persons with disabilities, homeless services, youth services, mental health services, educational and job training programs, public safety, substance abuse services, childcare services, etc. 

Examples of activities ineligible under the CDBG Public Services program would include: Political or religious activities, general government activities, new housing construction, and direct income payments (Direct cash payments to clients is NOT an eligible activity) 

For Organizations Interested in Applying  

The City of Colorado Springs funding program year runs from April 1st to March 30th. As such, the Housing & Community Vitality Department generally releases a Notice of Funding Availability (solicitation for applications) around mid-February to mid-March.  

Application Information

The application period for 2024 CDBG Public Service funding will begin at 12:00am MST on April 15th 2024 and close on 11:59pm MST on May 3rd 2024(no exceptions). Applicant must register with Neighborly Software when applications are available in order to prepare and submit an application.

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Questions?  

For more information about the CDBG programs or applications process please contact the Housing and Community Vitality division at CityHousingandCommunityVitality@coloradosprings.gov.