Grant Categories

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Each year, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) provide funding to local governments throughout the state. These community improvement projects are administered by the Office of Community Investment (CI) and the Commerce Finance Center (CFC) under the following categories: 

NC Catalyst
Grants to local governments to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate-income.

NC Tomorrow
A subset of NC Catalyst, this one-time grant allocation in 2011 provides planning grants to 17 non-entitlement local governments serving as the lead regional coordinator within each of the Council of Governments (COGs) regions. The grantees will develop comprehensive economic development strategies to eventually become part of a statewide plan.     

Economic Development
Provides grants or loans to local governments for creating and retaining jobs. Administered by the Commerce Finance Center.

Provides public water or sewer to correct severe health or environmental problems.

Scattered Site Housing
Given to county governments on a rotating basis to address the most critical housing needs of very low-income families

Small Business Entrepreneurial Assistance
Creates and retains jobs for struggling small local businesses.

Talent Enhancement Capacity Building
Helps non-profits in partnership with units of local government design and carry out CDBG activities to address the challenge of capacity.

CDBG-Recovery (CDBG-R)
This one-time grant allocation provided recovery funds under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 

Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Provides targeted emergency assistance to purchase, rehabilitate, and/or redevelop foreclosed homes at a discount in response to rising foreclosures and declining home values.

For additional information on the CDBG Program contact:
N.C. Department of Commerce
Division of Community Assistance (DCA)
Office of Community Investment (CI) 
(919) 733-4151 
(919) 733-4563 (fax)

Physical Address:
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1058
Mailing Address:
4313 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4313

For the CDBG Economic Development program, contact:
N.C. Department of Commerce
Commerce Finance Center
4318 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 276699-4318
(919) 733-5297
(919) 715-5297(fax)

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