Community Development

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Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low-and moderate-income persons. The Housing and Community Services Division administers approximately $775 thousand in CDBG funds annually.



The City of Independence is accepting applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Public Service projects from qualified agencies for the 2017/2018 Program Year. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., January 9th, 2017.   It is anticipated that approximately $100,000 will be made available for grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000. Information regarding the CDBG program, timetable for application submission and review, and the funding allocation process, and application download is below:

2017-18 CDBG Public Service Application Form

2017-18 CDBG Public Service Application Guidelines

504 ADA Self Evaluation (Required with Application)

Proposed 2017-18 Annual Action Plan Submission Time Line



CDBG provides a flexible source of funding to develop viable urban communities by providing decent affordable housing, creating suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. The City, with the participation of local citizens, allocate resources toward projects that qualify as meeting one or more of the following three (3) broad national objectives set by Congress:

  1. Benefit low and moderate income persons;
  2. aid to prevent or eliminate slums and blight; or
  3. meet other community development needs in an urgent situation;

Eligible Applicants

CDBG funds are awarded to City departments, other public agencies, public and private nonprofit entities and for-profit entities to carry out eligible housing and community development projects within the boundaries of the City of Independence.

Eligible Clientele

Projects receiving assistance must serve low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined by HUD as members of a family earning no more than 80 percent of the area median income) and/or prevent or eliminate slums and blight.

Activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons can address this objective by:

  1. serving low- and moderate-income areas, or
  2. serving low- and moderate-income clientele.

An activity to prevent or eliminate slums and blight, generally the project provides a benefit to the service area and the area must be designated by the City as a slum, blighted or deteriorated area. Activities assisted must address one or more conditions which contributed to the deterioration of the area.

Eligible Activities

The following is a list of eligible activities within the CDBG program:

  • Acquisition of Real Property
  • Disposition
  • Public Facilities and Improvements
  • Clearance
  • Public Services
  • Interim Assistance
  • Relocation
  • Loss of Rental Income
  • Privately-Owned Utilities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Code Enforcement
  • Homeownership Assistance Planning and Capacity Building Program
  • Administration Costs

Ineligible Activities

The following is a list of ineligible activities within the CDBG program:

  • Assistance to buildings used for the general conduct of government
  • General Government Expenses
  • Political Activities
  • Purchase of Equipment
  • Operating and maintenance expenses
  • New Housing Construction
  • Income payments

Additional Information


The City of Independence has submitted the 2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2015-16 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Act programs, authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  


The Consolidated Plan is available here:  2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan


                                                                      2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan Citizen Comments Received

                                                                      2015-16 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment


 The current Annual Action Plan is available here:  2016-17 Annual Action Plan

                                                                                       2016-17 Annual Action Plan Appendix