Using CDBG Resources in Response to COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is making available current CDBG funding to small cities, towns and rural counties to respond to local needs related to COVID-19 response. DHCD is also closely monitoring availability of funding for all localities through the recently passed CARES Act (federal stimulus) and will post additional details when this funding becomes available. 

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will assist units of local government and communities in response to the health and economic impact of COVID-19 by supporting planning grant, open submission and urgent need recovery activities.

Eligible Activities

  • Construction or rehab of structures to be used for shelters, testing or equipment manufacturing
  • Training programs for healthcare workers or service industry jobs transitioning to food/pharmaceutical delivery systems
  • Acquisition costs for telework/telemedicine services
  • Job creation or business development for manufacturing of COVID-related materials, supplies or equipment (PPE)

How to Apply

Eligible localities (small cities, towns and rural communities) should submit a letter of interest describing the project need and its activities to DHCD. Information will continue to be provided as any additional funding is made available through the CARES Act.

CDBG COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Click Here

CDBG COVID-19 Response: Click Here

CDBG COVID-19 Webinar Recording: Click here

CDBG COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Click here

Contact Information

Phone: 804-371-7011 or 804-371-7076

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