Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) funds enable communities to effectively address local economic development needs
Nearly a million people have benefited from CDBG-funded projects

The CDBG provides federal funds to develop viable communities through the provision of modest housing and a suitable living environment. Funds are also used to expand economic opportunities geared to low-and moderate-income individuals and to improve infrastructure critical to community health and welfare.

Program Details

Learn more about the details of the program and how to have your community apply for the program.

Individuals & Households Looking for Grant Organizations

Although DCED does not directly assist individuals and households, there are a variety of municipal agencies and organizations that are ready to help. Visit our Individuals and Households page to find a list of CDBG Grant Contacts.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Library
Section 108

Section 108 enables states and local governments participating in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to obtain federally guaranteed loans to fund large economic development projects and undertake revitalization activities. Under Pennsylvania's initiative to use Section 108 the loans are guaranteed by the Commonwealth, committing the use of future CDBG funds to pay off the loan in case of default. Uses

  • acquisition
  • rehabilitation
  • relocation
  • clearance
  • site preparation
  • special economic development activities
  • certain public facilities
  • housing construction


  • Loan Guarantees as security for federal loans through HUD
  • Local governments that are not designated by HUD as urban counties or entitlement municipalities
Additional Resources

Contact Kristina Powell, DCED Economic Development Consultant at 717.720.7349 to discuss your proposed project and whether its eligible for this funding.

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