Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities such as affordable housinganti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development. CDBG, like other block grant programs, differ from categorical grants, made for specific purposes, in that they are subject to less federal oversight and are largely used at the discretion of the state and local governments and their subgrantees.

CDBG funds are allocated to more than 1,100 local and state governments on a formula basis, at $4.7 billion in FY2005. Larger cities and urban counties, called “entitlement communities,” are required to prepare and submit a “Consolidated Plan” that establishes goals for the use of CDBG funds. Grantees are also required to hold public meetings to solicit input from the community, ensuring that proposed projects are aligned with the community’s most urgent needs.

Proposed CDBG projects must be consistent with broad national priorities for CDBG: activities that benefit low- and moderate-income people, the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or other community development activities to address an urgent threat to health or safety. CDBG funds may be used for community development activities (such as real estate acquisition, relocation, demolition, rehabilitation of housing and commercial buildings), construction of public facilities and improvements (such as water, sewer, and other utilities, street paving, and sidewalks), construction and maintenance of neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings, public services, and economic development and job creation/retention activities. CDBG funds can also be used for preservation and restoration of historic properties in low-income neighborhoods.

From Wikipedia



CDBG Strategic Planning

CDBG Documents

CDBG Applications

  • Applications closed until December 2020
  • Housing Rehabilitation – Contact Kena Mathews @ 801-229-7023

Orem CDBG Contact Information

Community Services Manager: Kena Mathews • ph: 801.229.7023 • email:

Deputy City Manager: Steven Downs • ph: 801.229.7115 • email:


CDBG Commission

Name Phone Term Ends
Tanya Harman 2021
Ken Ransom 2021
Giovana Alisa 2020
Barbara Jones 2020
Nate Evans 2020
Mattathias Westwood 2020
Kena Mathews 801.229.7023 Administrator
Steven Downs 801.229.7115 Support

This commission is an advisory commission to involve Orem residents in the process of deciding where and how the community development block grant money is spent. The commission gathers citizen input and advises the city council on its findings.

Meets as needed.

7 Members – 2 year terms
Appt. by Mayor & City Council