WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on April 21 announced a new competition for almost $65 million to confront housing, infrastructure and employment challenges faced by tribal communities nationwide.
The grants will be offered through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program to support a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities. According to the agency, the funds are intended for communities seeking to improve or create housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families.
“These grants go to the very heart of the development needs in our nation’s tribal communities,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement. “The communities that compete for these grants demonstrate enormous creativity and hard work in leveraging the funds to build better housing, create more jobs, and improve neighborhoods from the ground up. These types of projects are at the backbone of our nation’s recovery.”
The application deadline for this year’s ICDBG grants is June 15. The program was first established in 1974 in an effort to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs.
“Communities can use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction,” according to an agency release. “The funding can also used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, to create suitable living environments. To spur economic development, recipients use the grants to establish a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. Recipients have used the funding to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community, such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenient stores/gas stations.”
Complete information on the grants is available here.