Community Development


The Community Development Division is responsible for working with public agencies and local housing and social service providers to implement the City's federal Community Development Block Grant (C.D.B.G.) program goals and objectives to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement program administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  CDBG is one of HUD’s the longest-running programs and funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development serving low-to-moderate income residents and in designated eligible areas or neighborhoods.

Who receives CDBG funds?
HUD considers communities with populations greater than 50,000 as entitlement communities. Entitlement communities receive a CDBG grant annually from HUD. HUD calculates the amount of CDBG grant funds for entitlement communities based on population size and the number of low-to-moderate income persons in the community. The City of Morgantown has received CDBG Entitlement Grant funds since entering the program in 2005. The entitlement amount changes each year, but is typically more than $300,000. 

Applicant agencies (subrecipients) are awarded funding on an annual competitive basis to implement activities meeting the eligible criteria as established by HUD and the Goals and Objectives as defined in the City’s Consolidated Plan. The CDBG program year is July 1 through June 30 each year; the same as the City’s fiscal year.

Program Year 2018 - 2019 Subrecipient Application Packet

The City of Morgantown's CDBG Entitlement Grant program conducts an annual competitive funding process in which applicants submit requests for CDBG funding. In order to qualify for award, applications from agencies must be for projects that meet HUD's National Objectives and be for activities deemed eligible by governing HUD regulations. Applications for the FY 2018 - 2019 program year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) are available here. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018.

A mandatory subrecipient preapplication meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018 in City Council Chambers.  Agencies planning to submit an FY 2018 – 2019 CDBG Funding Application must attend this meeting.  The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss updated application forms and submission expectations, answer questions concerning project eligibility requirements, and review the application and Annual Action Plan schedule.  The FY 2018 Annual Action Plan schedule is available here.

The First Public Hearing for the FY 2018 CDBG Annual Action Plan has been scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018 in City Council Chambers.  The notice of this public hearing published on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 is available here.  The purpose of the Public Hearing is to solicit views and comments concerning housing, community and economic development, and fair housing needs in the City of Morgantown.

Questions concerning the FY 2018 – 2019 CDBG Funding Application process should be directed to:

Christopher M. Fletcher, AICP
Director of Development Services