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Community Development Block Grant


In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant program has notified The City of Pawtucket that they will receive a formula allocation from the first round of CDBG-CV funding to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020.   The City is anticipating $1,085,926 in CDBG-CV Funding.

The City of Pawtucket is accepting applications from qualifying organizations able to serve the entire City in the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus.  All applications serving the City of Pawtucket that meet a National Objective, Eligible Activity, AND prevent, prepare for, or respond to the Coronavirus will be reviewed. The City is focusing on the following categories:

  • Food Assistance Programs
  • Childcare Programs
  • Youth After school/Summer programs
  • Senior Programs
  • Small Business Loan Programs
  • Job Creation and Retention Programs

Applications are Due on May 20, 2020 4:00 PM

Application here.


The City Plans to have a Zoom webinar on the proposed funding plan.

When: May 28, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: City of Pawtucket 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment Covid-19 HUD Funding Plan


Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants to States, larger cities, and counties for a broad range of activities that preserve and develop viable urban communities. The program’s principal beneficiaries are low-moderate income households. The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide decent, safe and sanitary housing
  • Provide a suitable living environment
  • Expand economic opportunities

The City of Pawtucket, through the Department of Planning & Redevelopment, receives federal CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on an annual basis to support the program’s goals.

The City of Pawtucket grants CDBG funding to Public Service providers.

Availability of Funds

For Program Year 21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) the City anticipates receiving $1,800,000 in CDBG Federal Funding depending on HUD approval.

2020-2021 Citizens Participation Guide

The City of Pawtucket encourages the participation of all its residents in deciding how best to utilize the funding from the CDBG, HOME, and ESG Programs.  The Citizens Participation Guide explains the process.

Click here to download the 2020-2021 Citizens Participation Guide 

Eligible Uses of Funds

CDBG Funds may be used for a wide variety of activities that address the need for new or improved public improvements and facilities, economic development opportunities, improving the supply or condition of housing, and public services.

Eligible activities can be grouped as:

Real Property and Housing-related activities:

  • Acquisition of land and or buildings
  • Disposition of land or buildings
  • Installation or construction of a public facility – such as a park or shelter for homeless persons - or a public improvement – such as a paved road or water/sewer system
  • Clearance and demolition
  • Interim assistance for limited activities in deteriorated areas that require immediate action
  • Completion of Urban Renewal projects
  • Acquisition, construction, installation, or improvements of privately owned utilities
  • Rehabilitation of properties, including:
    • Privately-owned homes
    • Publicly-owned residential housing
    • Publicly or privately-owned commercial or industrial buildings
    • Nonresidential buildings owned by nonprofits
    • Manufactured housing when it is part of the permanent housing supply
  • Code enforcement
  • Historic Preservation
  • Renovation of closed buildings
  • Lead-based paint testing, evaluation, reduction, and clearance
  • Public Services activities
  • A non-exhaustive list of eligible services includes:
    • Employment training
    • Crime prevention
    • Child care
    • Health and drug abuse care and education
    • Fair housing and homebuyer pre-purchase counseling
    • Energy conservation
    • Recreation

Economic Development Activities:

  • Acquisition of special economic development activities include:
  • Acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, or installation of commercial or industrial buildings or railroad spurs
  • Grants, loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies to businesses
  • Administrative costs directly related to economic development projects
  • Special activities by Community-Based Community Development Organizations (CBDOs) that are part of a broader effort to revitalize a neighborhood
  • Assistance to micro-enterprises, such as – Loans, grants, technical assistance, or supportive services

Planning and Administration:

  • General Program administration

Eligible Applicants

Public Service Provider, affordable housing sponsors and developers, public institutions and other City Departments/Agencies.

Community Development Block Grant 2020-2021 Policies and Procedures Manual

Click here to download

Terms of Funding Assistance

Funds are available as a grant or a loan.

Income Eligibility

The gross annual household income for clients of Public Service providers must be 80% of the median income as set by HUD. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines the income limits annually. Household income is determined by the number of persons in the household and the total gross household income. Total household income must not exceed the following federal maximum income limits.

Income Limits:

HUD 2019 Income Guidelines

CDBG Self Certification Form 2019-2020

CDBG Self Certification Form  2019-2020 Spanish

CDBG Quarterly Status Report 2019-2020

Application Process

  1. CDBG applications for funding are released annually, usually in January. Eligible applicants are required to complete a CDBG Application and provide the necessary supporting material e.g. financial pro forma, operating budget, etc. Applications for funding are reviewed by the Department of Planning & Redevelopment staff.
  2. Once a proposed project is approved by the Department of Planning & Redevelopment, a recommendation for funding is submitted to the Mayor, who must approve the final commitment of the funds.

Click HERE for the 2020-2021 CDBG APPLICATION


For applications and guidelines to apply for CDBG funding contact Edward G. Soares, Community Development Program Manager at 401-728-0500 ext. 441

Other Useful Resources:

HUD’s CDBG Web site

HUD’s Web site

Rhode Island Housing’s Web site

State of Rhode Island Division of Planning CDBG

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