City of Bloomington accepting applications for federal funding from agencies impacted by pandemic

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) invites Bloomington-based social service agencies that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for federal funds HAND administers through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program. 

Applications for this funding through the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are available on the City’s website.  

HAND staff will be available to provide technical assistance to prospective applicants on Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23 from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. EDT via Zoom each day. 

Organizations must submit applications by email to by Friday, July 2 at 4 p.m. in order to be considered for this round (“CV1 and CV3”) of CDBG funding. 

This round of approximately $650,000 in CARES Act Community Development Block Grant Program Special Program Funding comes on top of the approximately $250,000 in federal relief funds HAND distributed last summer, and approximately $1 million in CDBG funding the City has already allocated through its regular annual distribution of CDBG funding in 2021.

Mayor John Hamilton

“As we recover from the pandemic, this federal funding is critical in shoring up our community’s safety net,” said Mayor John Hamilton.  “Our whole community is stronger when we ensure that the agencies that provide food, shelter, childcare, and other essentials are able to continue to deliver services.”

HAND will make its recommendations for applications to be funded to the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission at its public meeting on July 19, to be followed by a five-day public comment period July 21-26.  HAND will submit its list of projects to be funded to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by August 16, and agencies may expect to begin receiving funds this fall. 

The federal CDBG program provides annual grants to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.  Local CDBG funded programs are divided into two categories: physical improvements and social services.