Rural Development Division
The Division of Community Assistance provides a variety of resources and services for economic prosperity, growth management, and customized community development assistance. The division provides local communities with a variety of resources and services to help them realize economic prosperity, plan for new growth and address community needs. For detailed information regarding community development programs and services click on a name below.
Office of Community Investment
The Office of Community Investment (CI) administers the State of North Carolina's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to local governments in non-entitlement areas. Non-entitlement areas are cities with populations of less than 50,000 (except cities that are designated principal cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas), and counties with populations of less than 200,000. The Commerce Finance Center administers the Economic Development CDBG Category.
The primary statutory objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities. These grants primarily serve persons of low- and moderate-income, as the State must ensure that at least 70 percent of its CDBG grant funds are used for activities that benefit these persons.
Office of Urban Development
The Office of Urban Development (OUD) provides downtown development assistance through the N.C. Main Street program and the Small Town Main Street program. The Office of Urban Development also administers the Main Street Solutions Fund grant program.
Office of Community Planning
The Office of Community Planning provides technical assistance to North Carolina's small town and rural local governments. A variety of services is offered to help local governments meet their planning and growth management needs.
Appalachian Regional Commission
Established in 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a unique federal-state partnership providing social and economic support for a 13-state region stretching along the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi.