For Local Governments

Application Process

The Local Governing Body (City, Village, Township) is responsible for the formulation and submission of requests for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds. In addition to any locally developed citizen participation process the local governing body is required to hold two public meetings prior to submitting funding requests to the County. Advance notice of those meetings must be published in an area newspaper or other community wide forum and include information regarding project requests and priorities being considered by the local governing body as well as eligible activities and expected funding levels.

The Community Development Division will summarize and publicize all requests received from local communities and countywide funding requests, review the proposals with regard to expected funding levels, and recommend a tentative program to the Board of County Commissioners for approval. Further meetings with local officials during this review period may be necessary to alter funding requests.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a final public hearing on the tentative funding recommendations of the Community Development Division. Based on the input received at the hearing, the Board of County Commissioners will finalize the CD program and publicize a summary program prior to submitting the application to HUD.

The BOCC, as formal applicant for federal funds, hold final responsibility over the formulation of the program and submittal of the application to HUD. All documents, records, and regulations concerning the CD program are available to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays at the Community Development office, 138 E. Court Street, Room 1002, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. In the event that a citizen or citizen's group believes that their views or proposals did not receive adequate consideration at the local level, such views or proposed activities may be submitted directly to the Community Development Division. Any complaints or comments from citizens should be submitted in writing to Community Development; every reasonable effort will be made to provide a written response within 15 working days.

CDBG Project Request Form and Information

2024-26 CDBG Project Request Form (.doc)

2024-26 CDBG Participating Jurisdiction 3-Year Project Request Presentation

2024-26 Participating Jurisdiction 3-year Project Q&A Transcript


Participating Jurisdictions (2024)

2024 Hamilton County Community Development Participating Jurisdictions
Anderson Township
Arlington Heights
Columbia Township
Crosby Township
Colerain Township
Delhi Township
Deer Park
Elmwood Place
Forest Park
Golf Manor
Green Township
Harrison Township
Lincoln Heights
Miami Township
Mt. Healthy

North Bend
North College Hill
St. Bernard
Springfield Township
Sycamore Township
Symmes Township
Whitewater Township

 *Milford participates with Clermont County; City of Cincinnati receives its own HUD Entitlement Grants

Non-participating Jurisdictions (2022)

Blue Ash
Indian Hill
Terrace Park


Eligible Activities

I. Basic Activities
  • Acquisition of real property
  • Disposition of property
  • Public facilities:
    • senior citizens centers
    • parks, playgrounds
    • centers for handicapped
    • neighborhood facilities
    • solid waste disposal facilities ( in target areas only)
    • fire protection facilities and equipment (in target areas only)
    • parking facilities (in target areas only)
    • public utilities other than water and sewer
    • street improvements
    • water and sewer facilities
    • foundations and platforms for air rights
    • pedestrian malls and walkways
    • flood and drainage facilities
    • other facilities and improvements approved by HUD
  • Clearance and demolition
  • Public services
  • Interim assistance to alleviate hazardous conditions
  • Payment of non-federal share of other Federal grant-in-aid program
  • Completion of urban renewal programs
  • Relocation payments
  • Loss of rental income
  • Removal of architectural barriers for handicapped


II. Rehabilitation and Preservation Activities
  • Rehab of publicly-owned property for housing
  • Public housing modernization
  • Rehab of private property including financing and material costs.
  • Temporary relocation assistance
  • Code enforcement
  • Historic preservation


III. Economic Development Activities
  • Acquisition of real property
  • Construction of public facilities
  • Commercial and industrial facilities


IV. All basic activities may be undertaken by non-profit entities, local development corporations, or small business investment corporations.


V. Planning Activities
  • Comprehensive CD Plan
  • Policy-Planning-Management capacity
  • Comprehensive planning activities


VI. Administrative Costs

Ineligible Activities

  • Any public works, facilities, or site improvements not specifically listed as eligible, such as:
    • Buildings and facilities for the general conduct of government
    • Facilities used for exhibitions, spectator events, and cultural purposes
    • Schools and education facilities
    • Airports, subways, trolley lines, bus, or other transit terminals
    • Hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities
    • Treatment works and interceptor lines for sanitary sewers
  • Purchase of Equipment
    • Construction equipment
    • Furnishings and personal property
  • Operating and maintenance expenses
  • General government expenses
  • Political activities
  • New housing construction
  • Income payments such as down payment or mortgages

Click here   for text of Federal regulation regarding ineligible activities