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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

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.


Eligibility is generally limited to units of general local government such as cities, towns, and counties.

All grant applications must be submitted through OKGrants. Read more about using OKGrants. See guidance documents for each program for complete details.


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 our team anytime they are uncertain about program requirements, project conceptualization, or any portion of the application packet and/or guidelines.

For Rural Economic Action Plan, Community Revitalization Program, and Water and Wastewater Engineering programs contact Steve Hoover at 405-815-5268 or

For Capital Improvement Planning contact Mike Sexton at 405-815-5189 or

For Water-Wastewater Construction and Economic Development Infrastructure Financing programs contact Karen Adair at 405-815-5363 or

Program Results

The economic health of Oklahoma’s rural communities is a priority for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Our Community Development team administers Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support economic development in Oklahoma communities. These grants address issues such as outdated water and wastewater systems, drainage, and streets. Funds are also used for fire and emergency response as well as municipal services for youth and the elderly.

Both flexible and comprehensive, these programs work together to strengthen communities, improve quality of life, and spur opportunity through job growth.

In 2017 the agency funded 65 projects totaling more than $11.7 million. Our map has details and locations for the last five years of awards.

Program Descriptions and Guidance

CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Financing (EDIF)

Oklahoma’s program is designed to provide infrastructure financing to eligible units of local government for the benefit of new or expanding industries. Eligible units of local government sponsor applications for public infrastructure financing on behalf of private businesses that will create new jobs resulting from the improvements.

EDIF Guidance

CDBG Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP)

The CDBG REAP Program was developed in partnership with the Substate Planning Districts (SSPD) to make a greater impact on each district by matching CDBG funds dollar for dollar on each project in their respective area.

CDBG REAP Guidance

CDBG Community Revitalization

The Community Revitalization Program addresses quality of life needs in rural Oklahoma communities, helping these communities thrive, grow, and spark a sense of pride in citizens. An Applicant may submit a project proposal for any eligible activity listed under Section 105(a) of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, other than water or wastewater projects.

Community Revitalization Guidance

CDBG Water and Wastewater Engineering

The Water and Wastewater Engineering Program funds water and wastewater projects that require more than one year to complete through a “phased approach”. Phase I of the Water and Wastewater Engineering program covers only engineering costs plus an appropriate amount of administration. Once the applicant receives their construction permit, the Community Development Division at Commerce will issue an award for construction, and the second phase (Phase II) of the project will begin.

Water and Wastewater Engineering Guidance

Capital Improvement Planning

This grant opportunity provides funding for units of general local government (cities, towns, and counties) to undertake a comprehensive inventory of all governmentally owned assets. Based on this inventory a 5 year strategic capital improvement plan is developed and all assets placed on GIS mapping.

CIP Guidance

CDBG Small Cities

Oklahoma’s Small Cities program helps fund infrastructure and economic improvement projects for Oklahoma communities with a population between 15,000 and 50,000 and that are currently not HUD designated entitlement communities or a participant in the CDBG Urban County Designation for Tulsa County. Participating communities are allocated a percentage of the total amount of available funding depending on population and income levels.

Small Cities Guidance

CDBG Water-Wastewater Construction

Oklahoma’s Community Development Block Grant-Water-Wastewater Construction program is for applicants that are ready to begin construction on a water or wastewater project. Eligible units of local government that provide documentation of final plans and specifications or a construction permit secured through the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) may apply under this category. CDBG funds may only be utilized for construction, inspection, and administration costs. Engineering costs are prohibited.

Water-Wastewater Construction Guidance

The Certified CDBG Administrators Directory lists all administrators certified by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Only certified administrators may be hired by CDBG grantees.


Project Management Guide

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project Management Guide is designed for practitioners of local CDBG contracts. By using this manual, grantees will be able to complete a project according to the contract, state, and federal guidelines.

CDBG Project Management Guide

Environmental Review

An Environmental Review process determines whether a CDBG project meets federal, state, and local environmental standards and is required for all HUD-assisted projects. Not every project is subject to a full Environmental Review, but every project must be in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

CDBG Environmental Compliance Handbook
CDBG Environmental Compliance Training
CDBG Environmental Compliance Worksheets

Program Objectives

Oklahoma’s 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.

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.


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