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Community Development Block Grant – CARES (CDBG-CV)

Grants to Pennsylvania Municipalities
to Respond to the Coronavirus

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

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Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities to respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for activities that will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the health crisis. Funding is also intended for new services, or to expand previous services. Seventy percent of each entitlement grant must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate-income persons.


  • The CDBG-CV programmatic requirements mirror those of the CDBG program unless specifically identified.
  • Housing rehabilitation, public services, community facilities, infrastructure improvement, development, and planning that prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.

CDBG allows for the use of funds for many public services including, but not limited to the following:

  • Employment services
  • Crime prevention and public safety
  • Health care services
  • Substance abuse services
  • Fair housing counseling
  • Service for senior citizens
  • Services for homeless persons
  • Welfare assistance (excluding income payments)
  • Recreational services
  • Child care services
  • Job Training
  • Energy Conservation counseling and testing

CDBG funds may be used for the following:

  • Labor, supplies, and materials
  • Operation and maintenance of the facility where the public service is located
  • Income payments that do not exceed three consecutive months
  • Payments made directly to providers of services, such as utilities, which are made on behalf of an individual or family

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190400

Estimated Size of Grant:

Competitive Program has no minimum or maximum request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Two components:
- Entitlement program which provides annual funding to designated municipalities
- Competitive program is available to all municipalities that are not direct federal recipients of CDBG funds and state Act 179 entitlement municipalities with a population less than 10,000

Funding for activities already provided by a city or state or ongoing funding for municipal services.

CDBG funds may not be used to make income payments in the form of grants. However, the entitlement rules, which states may use as guidance, note that such expenditures are eligible under the following conditions:
1. The income or non-emergency payments do not exceed three consecutive months; and
2. The payments are made directly to the provider of such services on behalf of an individual or family.

Income payments that are provided as a loan are permissible.

Political or religious activities such as campaigning for legislative reform or for activities that include religious worship, instruction, or counseling.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted no later than July 31, 2020.

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