Community Development Block Grant funds are distributed through an annual competitive grant program. In order to receive funds from the city's block grant program, applicants must demonstrate a given project or program's conformance with the eligibility requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Programs providing an area-wide benefit must be located in one of the city'seligible areas. Programs providing direct-benefit services to recipients, 51% or more of which are Portland residents from households of low to moderate income, may also qualify for funding.
The application process begins with a mandatory applicant meeting, typically held in the fall. Attendance at the mandatory applicant meeting is required to submit a CDBG application. Applications are released following the mandatory meeting, deadlines vary based on program year. The CDBG Annual Allocation Committee is responsible for thoroughly reviewing and scoring each funding application based upon identified priorities and scoring criteria. The Allocation Committee makes funding recommendations to the City Manager and City Council, both in writing and in person at a scheduled council meeting. Ultimately, the City Council determines final funding allocations.
The 2021-2022 CDBG Mandatory Applicant Meeting was held November 10th, 2020. Applications were released November 11, 2020, with a deadline of Friday, December 11, 2020. All applications were reviewed and scored by the CDBG Annual Allocation Committee. FY22 CDBG Allocations were approved by the Portland City Council on April 26, 2021. Funding becomes available July 1, 2021.
Applicants may appeal only the score that it receives. The appeal must be based on a factual error that was made and that, if corrected, would result in a grant award or a higher award. Appeals must be filed in writing within 10 calendar days of the date up which the Allocation Committee publishes scores. Due to COVID-19 City Hall is currently closed to the public, all appeals should be filed electronically. More information and detailed instructions on filing an appeal for the 2021-2022 program year can found here.