The Community Development Program of the Ohio Development Services Agency provides communities with a flexible housing and community development resource that can be used to address locally-identified needs that are eligible Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities and qualify under the national objective of Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) Benefit or Elimination of Slum and Blight.

These funds are set aside for a variety of activities:

  • Community Allocation projects include public facilities, public services, housing, economic development, and fair housing activities.

  • Critical Infrastructure projects are designed to assist communities with high-priority, single-component projects such as roads, flood and drainage, and other public infrastructure improvements with a high community-wide impact.

  • Downtown Revitalization projects are designed to improve Central Business Districts, aid in the elimination of slums or blighted structures, create and retain permanent, private-sector job opportunities for low- and moderate-income households through a targeted investment in façade improvements, remediation of building code violations and/or investment in streetscapes or other public infrastructure.

  • Neighborhood Revitalization projects are designed to improve the quality of life, livability, and functionality of distressed areas and neighborhoods through a targeted investment in public facilities such as the construction, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of public infrastructure in a low- and moderate-income neighborhood.

CDBG Residential Public Infrastructure Program

The Residential Public Infrastructure Program (RPIG) provides grants to small communities in rural areas of Ohio as they work to comply with Environmental Protection Agency mandates. The goal of the program is to create a safe and sanitary living environment for Ohio citizens through the provision of safe and reliable drinking water and proper disposal of sanitary waste.

Communities are eligible to receive grants of up to $500,000 to improve the safety and reliability of drinking water and sanitary sewer systems. An additional $100,000 is available per project for onsite improvements, including service laterals, septic tanks, and well abandonment.

Eligible applicants include non-entitlement counties, cities, and villages. Counties must apply on behalf of townships and unincorporated areas. Cities and villages are limited to one grant award per program year. Counties are limited to two awards per program year.

CDBG Economic Development Program

The principal goal of the Economic Development Program is to create and retain permanent, private-sector job opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons, through the expansion and retention of business and industry in Ohio communities.

A $500,000 maximum exists for direct loans and a $500,000 maximum exists for off-site infrastructure projects.

Eligible applicants include non-entitlement cities and counties. Counties must apply on behalf of villages and townships; counties may also apply on behalf of cities within their jurisdiction.