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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.

State Consolidated Plan – 2022 Annual Action Plan Public Input Session & Hearing

General program information and relevant changes regarding the five (CDBG, ESG, HOME, HTF, HOPWA) programs covered under the 2022 State Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan will be presented at both the Public Input Session and Public Hearing.

Public Hearing Scheduled

Written comments regarding the 2022 State Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan will accepted until December 2, 2021. Questions regarding the 2021 State Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan can be addressed by phone or email to linda.goode@okcommerce.gov or 405-815-5351.

Topic: Program Year 2022 Public Input Session

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

Date & Time: September 30, 2021, 2 p.m.

Online Zoom Link: 
https://okcommerce.zoom.us/j/95145566262
Meeting ID: 951 4556 6262

Call-in Phone Number:
346-248-7799

Topic: Program Year 2022 Public Hearing

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

Date & Time: October 28, 2021, 2 p.m.

Online Zoom Link: 
https://okcommerce.zoom.us/j/91365090166
Meeting ID: 913 6509 0166

Call-in Phone Number:
346-248-7799

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 These grants address issues such as outdated water and wastewater systems, drainage, and streets.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.

CDBG Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR)

The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR) 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.

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.

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 Opportunity Portal — For compliance with HUD regulations, ODOC encourages that Section 3 residents and Section 3 employers visit the Section 3 Opportunity Portal to search or post jobs. 

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.

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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