Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program (CDBG-CV)

Funds to help local governments and communities respond to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 may be available to your area from North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) program.

Initially, the State will provide approximately $28.5 million in funds received from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support North Carolina’s COVID-19 response efforts. This allocation was authorized by the federal CARES Act of 2020, Public Law 116-136.

CDBG-CV Program Overview

The North Carolina CDBG-CV Program is designed to help units of local government respond to and recover from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.  The program will assist non-entitlement areas across the state, which include incorporated municipalities under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 in population, by supporting public service, public facilities, and special economic development activities.  N.C. Commerce will award CDBG-CV funds on a first-come, first-served basis with a focus on local needs identified by the community in collaboration with state and local health officials. 

CDBG-CV projects must incorporate at least one of the following as an area of focus:

  • Support families and communities through telehealth support and other public services.
  • Protect the most vulnerable and high-risk populations.
  • Assist small businesses with economic recovery.
  • Address testing, tracing, and tracking trends.

 Additionally, the State has established the following funding priorities by eligible activity:

  • Public Service: The priority in this category is subsistence payments to prevent evictions and utility disconnections.  Food distribution, testing and diagnosis, and employment training for health care workers on the frontlines are also prioritized.
  • Public Facilities:  The priority in this category is broadband services and enhancing internet access that supports increased connectivity to schools, jobs, and healthcare.  This category also includes building rehabilitation or improvements to support activities such as repurposing buildings into patient treatment centers.
  • Economic Development:  The priority in this category is to provide financial assistance to businesses with 100 or fewer employees, including microenterprises with five or fewer employees.   The focus is to support businesses that manufacture medical supplies, and to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 create and retain jobs.

CDBG-CV Applications

The Department of Commerce began accepting applications on September 1, 2020.  The application and related guidance materials are available here.

(Important Notice: Our application is only to be used by local governments.  We are unable to accept requests from individuals in need of personal assistance with rent or utility payments.)

Application | Download the form and guidance document

CDBG-CV Contact

Please direct all program inquiries to the CDBG-CV Program Manager, Valerie D. Moore at (919) 814-4673 or