CDBG - Community Development Block Grant

City of Coeur d'Alene
Entitlement Recipient of the Community Development Block Grant from the 
Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD)


Community Opportunity Grants

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Each year, the City of Coeur d’Alene invites competitive grant proposals for projects that benefit low-to-moderate income (LMI) people or neighborhoods, and/or promote job creation/economic development. Funding for the City’s CDBG Program is provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), (reference 24 CFR Part 570). Applicants must comply with all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. Each year, Community Opportunity Grant funding is made available, with a maximum of 15% of the total allocation available for public service projects. Other eligible projects will also be considered, including Public Facilities, Economic Development and LMI Affordable Housing.  Minimum proposal requests of $35,000 will be accepted for Public Service projects.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),
one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities in order to benefit low to moderate-income residents and neighborhoods. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.

The City of Coeur d'Alene began receiving a direct allocation of (CDBG) funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2008. These funds have been utilized to improve the lives of Coeur d’Alene residents in a variety of ways, including the following: installation of ADA curb cuts, providing emergency minor home repairs, applying ADA accessibility improvements in homes and around town, and granting modest funding allotments to community organizations.

It is important to note that CDBG
funds are purposed to benefit low-to-moderate income persons or households and provide benefit for struggling community locales. As a federal program, this program does have strict eligibility requirements, including the National Objectives listed below:
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight; or
  • Benefit to low and moderate-income persons;
  • Meet a certain community development need having a particular urgency.
Basic CDBG Process:

The City determines projects for funding under the grant through a combination of formal and informal processes:
  1. For each year's funding allocation, City Staff identifies projects that would meet goals established in the City's Five-year Consolidated Plan. Those projects are proposed in the City's Annual Action Plan and are presented to the public for review and comment as part of its required and robust citizen participation process.
  2. The City makes available a predetermined amount of grant funding to be awarded through a competitive process. Applications are solicited from the community and reviewed by an ad hoc Committee who makes recommendations to the City Council for final approval.
  3. The City accepts, reviews, and considers requests for funding from community members, organizations, developers, businesses, et al regarding the priorities set forth in the Consolidated Plan. The City has an open door policy regarding discussion of large projects and determination of the priority of funding.
The City of Coeur d'Alene has a consolidated plan that will be updated every 5 years, which outlines the needs for the community and establishes goals and benchmarks for the program. Additionally, an annual action plan will be prepared each year, illustrating what projects/programs will be funded each year.
The City has prepared a robust citizen participation plan which outlines public comment periods and methods for amending the 5-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. This City asks Coeur d’Alene residents to please participate and attend public forums and public hearings. The City depends on public feedback and engagement to ensure that these community dollars hit the mark on community needs.

On this webpage you will find links to the above-noted documents, as well as additional useful information. The City has an in-house Community Development Specialist, Chelsea Nesbit, on staff to administer its CDBG Grant. Chelsea is available by appointment, to answer questions, deliver application help and review, as well as to provide one-on-one technical assistance to applicants regarding funding proposals and eligibility requirements.

Staff Contact Information:
Chelsea Nesbit
CDBG Community Development Specialist
710 E. Mullan Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
(208) 769-2382

An Educational Workshop is held in-person and virtually each year and will be announced when funds become available and a date is set for the workshop.  Normally, this will occur in August with application deadlines being in September.  

Plan Year 2021 Community Opportunity Grant

Application Packet:
1) 2021 Application Guidelines
2) 2021 Community Opportunity Grant Application
3) Federal Regulations Acknowledgements
4) Post-Project Performance Report

Application Help Materials:

Timeliness-Guide to project set up
Workshop PowerPoint
Eligible Activities-Matrix Codes
National Objective Codes
Performance Outcomes Required
24 CFR 570 : Regulation for CDBG
Basically CDBG: A guide to Eligibility
Monitoring: Integrity Bulletin

Davis Bacon Support: The City of Coeur d'Alene was pleased to host HUD's Wage Compliance training with Melanie Hertel on July 18th, 2018. Want to review the slides from Melanie's presentation? Please click here.

Emergency Minor Home Repair Grants

As part of our Community Opportunity Grants, the City of Coeur d'Alene has grants available ($5,000 maximum) for emergency repair/accessibility improvements and sidewalk repair/replacement for low income resident homeowners. The purpose of the program is to help low-to-moderate income homeowners correct building conditions that threaten the health and safety, or the soundness of the home.

Household income (Section 8 Income Limits) for the program cannot exceed the amount for the corresponding household size listed here: Please use the below figures as rough estimates as figures are updated periodically.

For more information and application, please see our Emergency Minor Home Repair page


CDBG City Policy Information:


Looking for past year planning documents? Please refer to the City's CDBG History tab.