Community Resources

Community Development Block Grants

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program enables rural Oklahoma communities to finance a variety of public infrastructure and economic improvements and helps promote job growth as a result of these improvements. CDBG funds are provided by the federal government (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to help ensure Oklahoma’s most critical needs are addressed. For the 2013 program year Commerce is estimated to receive $13,000,000.

In 2012, Commerce awarded funding for 120 new projects in rural Oklahoma totaling $14.6 million. Thousands of projects in hundreds of communities across the state have been funded and completed since the state began administering the program in 1982.

CDBG 2014 Grant Awards

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Program Objectives

State objectives are consistent with the overall national objectives that are defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for CDBG programs:

  • Developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities, principally for people of low and moderate income;
  • Addressing the most serious community needs of the state, as identified by local governments, while promoting locally sustainable communities;
  • Eliminating substandard conditions;
  • Increasing the economic competitiveness of communities.

Types of Programs Funded

Typical program areas include water and wastewater system improvements, railway improvements, streets, storm water drainage improvements, fire protection, housing demolition, community and senior citizen centers, and planning.

Appropriation of Funds

Commerce manages appropriation and distribution of CDBG money to grant recipients ensuring that projects are funded efficiently and program objectives are met. Funds are allocated to specific program areas annually and distributed to grant recipients between late spring and summer. Most of Oklahoma’s CDBG funds are allocated to benefit principally low- and moderate-income people.


Eligible applicants are units of local government (counties and incorporated towns or cities) except the following:

  • Entitlement cities:
    • Edmond, Enid, Lawton, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa.
  • Participants in the CDBG Urban County Designation for Tulsa County:
    • Bixby, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Sperry, and all the unincorporated portions of Tulsa County.

CDBG Applications and Guidelines

Grants and GuidesResources
Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP)
Community Revitalization Program
Water and Wastewater Engineering
Capital Improvement Planning
Small Cities Program
Water-Wastewater Construction
Guidelines on OKGrants
Economic Development Infrastructure Financing Guidelines on OKGrants
Project Management Guide Download the Guide

For Assistance

Technical assistance regarding eligible projects, project concepts, the application guidelines, and other information pertaining to the CDBG program is available upon request. Applicants are encouraged to contact the staff members listed in Contacts anytime they are uncertain about program requirements, project conceptualization, or any portion of the application packet and/or guidelines.


Scott Myers, Director of Programs

Karen Adair, Senior Economic Development Specialist
Program Areas: Economic Development, Small Cities, W/S Construction

Steve Hoover, Senior Programs Planner
Program Areas: CDBG REAP, W/S Engineering & Phase II Construction, Community Revitalization

Mike Sexton, GIS Planner
Capital Improvement Planning