Under the State CDBG Program, grantees may use federal funds to undertake a variety of public facilities and public improvement projects that are publicly owned, or owned by a nonprofit or governmental agency and open to the general public.
Eligible and Ineligible Activities
The acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation of public facilities and improvements are eligible activities under CDBG and can be carried out by a grantee, subrecipient, or other nonprofit. Public facilities may only be owned by these types of entities.
Eligible types of facilities and improvements include:
- Infrastructure improvements (construction or installation) including, but not limited to streets, curbs, and water and sewer lines;
- Neighborhood facilities including, but not limited to public schools, libraries, recreational facilities, parks, playgrounds; and facilities for persons with special needs such as facilities for the homeless or domestic violence shelters, nursing homes, or group homes for the disabled. Eligible costs associated with eligible activities may include:
- Energy efficiency improvements;
- Handicapped accessibility improvements (including improvements to buildings used for general conduct of government); and
- Architectural design features and other treatments aimed at improving aesthetic quality (e.g., sculptures, fountains). If the assisted facility is owned by a nonprofit, the CDBG regulations stipulate that the facility must be open to the public during normal working hours.
- The maintenance and repair of public facilities and improvements is generally ineligible (e.g., filling potholes, repairing cracks in sidewalks, mowing grass at public recreational areas or replacing street light bulbs).
- Operating costs associated with public facilities or improvements.
- Costs of purchasing construction equipment.
- Costs of furnishings and other personal items such as uniforms.
- New construction of public housing.