Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) - Kent/Sussex County


This program, operated in Kent and Sussex Counties only, provides funding for a variety of activities (rehabilitation, demolition and Housing Code enforcement) to maintain or improve existing housing, and for the provision of infrastructure in support of housing development for low- and moderate-income persons.

Each year, Kent and Sussex County and local municipalities within these counties apply to DSHA for a portion of this federal grant money. DSHA administers the funds to these governmental entities, which in turn use the money to help repair substandard housing and make infrastructure improvements in needy area of each county. Municipalities can request sewer and water system improvements, street repairs, street lights and other infrastructure improvements that support low- and moderate-income housing development.

How To Apply

  1. Make sure you (the borrower) meet all borrower requirements.
  2. Please review other information below.
  3. Download and review the provided program documents for further application instructions and forms.

Borrower Qualifications

  1. Local and county governments in Kent and Sussex Counties are eligible to apply. Both counties are eligible to receive Community Development Block Grant funds and administer them within their counties, and also on behalf of local governments.
  2. Local governments may also be eligible to receive awards directly.

Grant Administration

  1. Towns, municipalities and local and county governments are eligible to apply, receive funds and administer them locally as grants to home owners.
  2. Individuals interested in applying for funds should contact their local municipality directly.

Communities Awarded Funds in FY2020

  • Kent County - East Kent County, East Woodside, Farmington, Frederica, Magnolia, Scattered Sites Rehab, Scattered Sites Emergency Repairs
  • Sussex County – Bridgeville, Delmar, Georgetown, Laurel, Milford, Millsboro, Seaford, Coverdale, Pinetown, Cedar Creek, Diamond Acres, Possum Point/Riverdale Scattered Sites Rehab, Scattered Sites Demolition, Scattered Sites Emergency Repairs, Scattered Sites Water/Sewer Hookups

Documentation
Please download and review the documents below to learn more about this program, get forms, and determine if you qualify.

CDBG-CV Funding

The CARES Act made available $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. Of this amount, the U.S Department of Housing (HUD) is immediately allocating $2 billion based on the fiscal year 2020 CDBG formula. The remaining $3 billion shall be allocated based on needs using best available data, in the following tranches: $1 billion shall be allocated to States and insular areas within 45 days of enactment of the Cares Act, and $2 billion shall be distributed to states and local governments at the discretion of the Secretary. Up to $10 million will be set aside for technical assistance. Given the immediate needs faced by our communities, the HUD has announced that DSHA has been awarded three allocation of funds.

  • CV 1 - $1,471,924
  • CV 2 - $3,228,336
  • CV 3 - $1,880,190

The CARES Act adds additional flexibility for both the CDBG-CV grant and, in some cases, for the annual FY2020 CDBG grants in these unprecedented times. Therefore, DSHA has amended the CDBG FY19 and FY20 guidelines to include the new eligible public service activities and will be opening applications from local units of government and eligible public service providers soon.

For CV-1 funding, DSHA is required to set aside a portion of its grant for use by nonentitlement units of general local government (Kent and Sussex Counties). The nonentitlement set aside must be no less than an amount equal to the state's first CDBG-CV allocation and may be from any portion of the state’s additional CDBG-CV allocation. This limitation is imposed for consistency with the CDBG-CV formulas, which include a direct allocation to entitlement areas and to states on behalf of nonentitlement areas to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. The nonentitlement set aside fulfills the intent reflected by the formula to address needs in urban and rural areas, while giving states the flexibility to determine how to expend each allocation as it is made based on needs within its jurisdiction.to only accept applications from non-entitlement county governments through a competitive process. This limitation is an effort to address needs impacting the entire county. The nonentitilements have agreed to assign either CDBG or CDBG-CV1 back to DSHA to directly administer on their behalf the hotel/motel voucher program with the Division of State Service Centers. The remaining balance of the CV1 grant will be distributed to Kent and Sussex Counties to allocate to eligible public service non-profit entities.

For CV-2 and CV-3 funding, DSHA will be administering the funding directly to entitlements, nonentitlements, and/or public service non-profit agencies.

DSHA held a public hearing on October 27, 2020 to discuss the third amendment to the FY19 Annual Action Plan and discuss all of the CDBG CV allocations and eligible public service activities. Immediately following, a meeting was held to discuss the CDBG CV2 and CV3 funding round.

CDBG-CV Guidelines and Application have been posted

Application Due Date November 30, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.

CDBG CV applications will be accepted exclusively via e-mail. No hard copies of the applications will need to be submitted unless DSHA requests at a later date. Please note, ONE application must be submitted for EACH activity.

Applicants should submit the application and attachments to DSHA’s community development mailbox comdev@destatehousing.com

Guide to National Objectives & Eligible Activities for State CDBG Programs
Available from DSHA, or at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/communitydevelopment/library/stateguide


Previous Years' Funding Round Documentation
To see older funding round documentation and information, please visit the CDBG Archival Funding Round Information Page.


DSHA Contact Person
Do you have questions about this program? Would you like to suggest an improvement to this Web page? Please contact:

  • Andrew Lorenz, Management Analyst III, at 302.739.4263
  • Mike Miles, Kent County - Housing and Community Development Coordinator, at 302.744.2480
  • Brad Whaley, Sussex County - Community Development and Housing Director, at 302.855.7777