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Community Development Block Grant Programs

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program enables rural Oklahoma communities to finance a variety of public infrastructure and economic improvements and helps promote job growth as a result of these improvements. CDBG funds are provided by the federal government (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to help ensure Oklahoma’s most critical needs are addressed.

Eligibility

Eligibility is generally limited to units of general local government such as cities, towns, and counties.

Application

All grant applications must be submitted through OKGrants. See guidance documents for each program for complete details.

DUNs Number and Unique Entity Identifier

As of April 4, 2022, the Federal Government will no longer accept DUNs numbers to identify contractors. Instead, Unique Entity Identifiers (UEIs) will be used in accordance with Sam.gov. To locate data regarding your entity information visit https://sam.gov/content/home. Please note you will be required to register before using the system. Once the system has been accessed, use the following steps to locate information:

  1. Click Search.
  2. Expand Select Domain to see all options.
  3. Select Entity Information and enter data (e.g., City of Enid).
  4. Click Search.

The UEI number, which is also referred to as the SAM number, will be located under the entity information. From here, entities can download a copy for records and submission to Commerce as requested.

State Consolidated Plan-State Public Input Session & Hearing Plan Year 2024

The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document, consisting of a five-year strategic plan and annual updates. The 2024 State of Oklahoma Plan will mark the start of this plan cycle running until 2028. General program information and relevant changes regarding the five (CDBG, ESG, HTF, HOME, HOPWA) programs covered under the 2024 State Consolidated Plan will be presented at both the State Consolidated Plan Public Input Session and Public Hearing.

Public Hearing Scheduled

Written comments regarding the 2024 State Consolidated Plan / Action Plan will be accepted until December 1, 2023. Comments regarding the State Consolidated Plan can be addressed by email or phone to linda.goode@okcommerce.gov  or 405-815-5351.

State 2024 Public Input Session

Location: 
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Gallery 1-1
900 N. Stiles
Oklahoma City, OK 73104 

Online Zoom Meeting Link:
https://okcommerce.zoomgov.com/j/1609524713
Meeting ID: 160 952 4713
Find your local number: https://okcommerce.zoomgov.com/u/abfabhaVx7

Date & Time:
September 28, 2023, 10 a.m.

State 2024 Public Hearing

Location:
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Gallery 1-1
900 N. Stiles
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Online Zoom Meeting Link:
https://okcommerce.zoomgov.com/j/1614036357
Meeting ID: 161 403 6357
Find your local number: https://okcommerce.zoomgov.com/u/aoWmyq6Q4

Date & Time:
November 1, 2023, 10 a.m.

To accommodate those with disabilities, a text telephone/teletypewriter (TTY) service is provided as an option. The communications assistant reads aloud the message you typed to the other party and types the other party’s voiced message and background sounds, if any, to you. This service is designed for people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or have a Speech Disability. This relay service is available in English-to-English (800-722-0353) and Spanish-to-Spanish (800-662-4955). Further directions on using this service can be found at: https://hamiltonrelay.com/oklahoma/index.html. These services can also be provided in the form of braille and audio tape upon request.

Specific translation services for other languages are also provided as needed. If you are in need of translation services or have other questions about the Consolidated Plan, please contact Kellon Dixon at 405-215-5626 or by email at kellon.dixon@okcommerce.gov.

Si necesita traducción al español, comuníquese con Jessica Izquierdo al 405-534-6814 o por correo electrónico a jessica.izquierdo@okcommerce.gov.

Program Results

The economic health of Oklahoma’s rural communities is a priority for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Our Community Development team administers Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support economic development in Oklahoma communities. These grants address issues such as outdated water and wastewater systems, drainage, and streets. Funds are also used for fire and emergency response as well as municipal services for youth and the elderly.

Both flexible and comprehensive, these programs work together to strengthen communities, improve quality of life, and spur opportunity through job growth.

Our map has details and locations for the last five years of awards.

Programs

Capital Improvement Planning (CIP)

This grant opportunity provides funding for units of general local government (cities, towns, and counties) to undertake a comprehensive inventory of all governmentally owned assets. Based on this inventory a 5 year strategic capital improvement plan is developed and all assets placed on GIS mapping.

CDBG Small Cities

Oklahoma’s Small Cities program helps fund infrastructure and economic improvement projects for Oklahoma communities with a population between 15,000 and 50,000 and that are currently not HUD designated entitlement communities or a participant in the CDBG Urban County Designation for Tulsa County. Participating communities are allocated a percentage of the total amount of available funding depending on population and income levels.

CDBG Community Revitalization

The Community Revitalization Program addresses quality of life needs in rural Oklahoma communities, helping these communities thrive, grow, and spark a sense of pride in citizens. An Applicant may submit a project proposal for any eligible activity listed under Section 105(a) of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, other than water or wastewater projects.

CDBG Water-Wastewater Construction

Oklahoma’s Community Development Block Grant-Water-Wastewater Construction program is for applicants that are ready to begin construction on a water or wastewater project. Eligible units of local government that provide documentation of final plans and specifications or a construction permit secured through the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) may apply under this category. CDBG funds may only be utilized for construction, inspection, and administration costs. Engineering costs are prohibited.

CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (EDIF)

Oklahoma’s program is designed to provide infrastructure financing to eligible units of local government for the benefit of new or expanding industries. Eligible units of local government sponsor applications for public infrastructure financing on behalf of private businesses that will create new jobs resulting from the improvements.

CDBG Water + Wastewater Engineering

The Water and Wastewater Engineering Program funds water and wastewater projects that require more than one year to complete through a “phased approach”. Phase I of the Water and Wastewater Engineering program covers only engineering costs plus an appropriate amount of administration. Once the applicant receives their construction permit, the Community Development Division at Commerce will issue an award for construction, and the second phase (Phase II) of the project will begin.

CDBG Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP)

The CDBG REAP Program was developed in partnership with the Substate Planning Districts (SSPD) to make a greater impact on each district by matching CDBG funds dollar for dollar on each project in their respective area.

CDBG Coronavirus Relief Program (CDBG-CV)

The Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Relief Program (CDBG-CV) grants are a flexible source of assistance for addressing the health and economic challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. These funds are intended to pay costs not covered by other forms of assistance and specifically benefit persons of low and moderate income for costs incurred on or after January 21, 2020.

2019 CDBG Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR 2019)

The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR 2019) grants are intended to support communities affected by the DR-4438 disaster. Eligible counties are  Alfalfa, Canadian, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Garfield, Kay, Kingfisher, Le Flore, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, and Woods county. The following programs are available for subrecipients to apply for: Housing Rehabilitation Program, Multi-Family Housing Program, Reimbursement Program, Public Facilities and Public Improvements Program, and Flood Buyout Program.

2022 CDBG Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR 2022)

The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR 2022) grants are intended to support communities affected by the DR-4657 and DR-4670 disaster. Eligible areas include Adair County, Cherokee County, Muskogee County, Okmulgee County, Pottawatomie County, Seminole County, Tulsa County, and the Muskogee (Creek) Nation. This program is currently being developed, and opportunities for public comment will be posted to this page.

Certified CDBG Administrators Directory

The directory lists all administrators certified by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Only certified administrators may be hired by CDBG grantees.

Written comments regarding the 2024 State Consolidated Plan / Action Plan will be accepted until December 1, 2023. Comments regarding the State Consolidated Plan can be addressed by email or phone to linda.goode@okcommerce.gov  or 405-815-5351.

2024 Trainings - Save the Dates!

CDBG Continuing Education Training (in-person)

April 16, 2024
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Register by emailing linda.goode@okcommerce.gov

CDBG Continuing Education Training (via ZOOM)

October 16, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 

CDBG Application Training (via ZOOM) 

November 6, 2024
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
 

CDBG Grant Administrator Certification Training (in-person)

December 3-5, 2024 
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., daily.
Register by emailing linda.goode@okcommerce.gov

Environmental Review

An Environmental Review process determines whether a CDBG project meets federal, state, and local environmental standards and is required for all HUD-assisted projects. Not every project is subject to a full Environmental Review, but every project must be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Project Management Guide

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project Management Guide is designed for practitioners of local CDBG contracts. By using this manual, grantees will be able to complete a project according to the contract, state, and federal guidelines.

Davis Bacon Principles

The information provided in this presentation was provided to us by The Department of Labor as a public service. This information and related materials are presented to give the public access to information on The Department of Labor programs in relation to Davis Bacon and other relevant data. This presentation is intended as general information only and does not carry the force of legal opinion.

Section 3

The Section 3 program requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities to low-and very low- income persons, especially recipients of government assistance for housing, and to businesses that provide economic opportunities to low and very low-income persons.

Section 3 Resident is defined as a Public Housing Resident or a resident of metropolitan area or Non-metropolitan County in which the Section 3 covered assistance is expended, and who qualifies as a low- or very low-income person.

Section 3 Business is 51% or more owned by Section 3 residents, or 30% of employed staff who are currently Section 3 residents or were Section 3 residents within three years of the date of first employment, or if 25% of subcontracts are committed to Section 3 businesses.

Section 3 Contractor List

For CDBG projects, construction and non-construction, preference should be given to Section 3 contractors. Below is a list of Section 3 contractors that we are currently aware of based on past CDBG projects.

2024 CDBG Application Training

Program Objectives

Oklahoma’s 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 environments and expanding economic opportunities, principally for people 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.

Commerce manages appropriation 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 late spring and summer. Most of Oklahoma’s CDBG funds are allocated to benefit principally low- and moderate-income people.

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