CDBG Eligibility


Eligible applicants for CDBG funded projects funding must be: 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, government agencies, school districts, institutions of higher education or, under limited circumstances, for-profit businesses.

Applicants are required to fill out an application and provide supporting documentation. After the applications are reviewed by City Staff and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, recommendations will be presented to the City Council who approves funding awards. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Minimum requirements:

(Project/Program has to meet all 3 criteria to be qualified for funding)

  1. Meets at least one of three National Objectives established by HUD:
    • Benefit to low- and moderate- income persons
    • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
    • Meet a need having a particular urgency (urgent need)

  2. Meets Criteria for Eligible Activity – all eligible activities are listed in CFR 24 Part 570.
    • Acquisition, Disposition, Clearance &/or Relocation
    • Administration & Planning
    • Economic Development
    • Housing
    • Public Facilities & Infrastructure Improvements
    • Public Services (subject to 15% cap)

  3. Meets at least one priority within the Consolidated Plan which are:
    • Promote, Increase, and Maintain Home ownership
    • Provide Safe, Affordable, Decent Housing to Renter
    • Transitional & Permanent Support Housing & Service
    • Non-Homeless Persons with Special Needs
    • Economic Development, Revitalization, Job Creation

If the project does not meet all three basic requirements, it will not be considered for CDBG funding.

Project/Program Evaluation Criteria

  1. Project/Program benefits low- and moderate income persons – max amount of points will be given to the activities that benefit at least 51% low and moderate income persons (5%).
  2. Project/Program addresses a documented community need/benefit - The activity will be evaluated in terms of the documentation and justification of the need and benefit of the activity (25%).
  3. Project/Program addresses objectives of consolidated plan - Project addresses priorities and objectives of the consolidated plan that fall within the five categories listed above. For detailed description please see City of Rock Island Consolidated Plan (10%).
  4. Cost reasonableness - The activity will be evaluated in terms of:
    • Impact on the identified need; and
    • Its implementation costs and funding request
    • Evaluation may include the cost incurred per person/per unit and the justification for a particular level of funding (10%).
  5. Demonstrated capacity to complete the project/program readiness - Points will be awarded to applicants based on the documentation and information provided showing that the resources needed to manage the proposed activity are available and ready (20%).
  6. Extent to which CDBG funds are leveraged against other funds - Points will be awarded based on the applicants efforts to secure other funding for the activity (15%).
  7. Experience and past performance - The experience of the applicant, including the length of time in business and experience in undertaking projects of similar complexity will be evaluated. In addition, the applicant will be evaluated in terms of past performance with local, state and federal funding programs. Performance will be evaluated on attainment of objectives, expenditure of funds at a reasonable rate, and compliance with the contract (10%).
  8. Application completeness - Applications which are complete, accurate and thorough will receive max amount of points (5%).

Final funding allocations are tentatively scheduled to be approved by the City Council in September 2014 and approved by HUD in the Spring/Summer of 2015. Final allocation amounts will not be available to each applicant until HUD provides their approval of the annual action plan in the Spring/Summer of 2015.
Staff from the City of Rock Island will meet with applicants who are awarded funding to discuss the requirements and responsibilities under CDBG including Environmental Review, Procurement Methods, Labor standards, etc. Awarded applicants will be provided with technical assistance if necessary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with these requirements before applying.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Economic Development Department at (309) 732-2920.