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Neighborhood Revitalization Grants Awarded To Area Communities

The North Carolina Department of Commerce awarded 30 Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Revitalization (CDBG-NR) fund requests to 27 local governments totaling $42.3 million. The requests will provide housing and public improvements for low and moderate income North Carolinians.

The CDBG-NR program offers non-entitlement municipalities and counties the opportunity to tailor community development projects to address the specific and most critical needs of their communities. This year’s awards include $5 million in funding that was earmarked by the N.C General Assembly exclusively for the Rural Community Development (RCD) Fund, a set aside for non-housing community development projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties.

The program conducted two rounds of funding with increased maximum per grant awards to offset the rising construction costs and other special needs that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round of funding included 18 projects receiving a total of $15.7 million in CDBG-NR awards. These communities include the City of Newton, which has been awarded $950,000, which is the highest amount possible.

Round two of CDBG-NR funding included 12 projects totaling $26.6 million with a maximum award of $5 million. Among these is the Town of Granite Falls, the first recipient of the Rural Community Development Fund. Granite Falls has been awarded $4,999,000. In addition, Alexander County will receive $645,044.

The CDBG program is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiative administered in part by the N.C. Commerce Rural Economic Development Division. CDBG funds are awarded to enhance the vitality of communities by providing adequate housing, suitable living environments, infrastructure development, and expanding economic opportunities. The State must ensure that at least 70 percent of its CDBG grant funds are used for activities and projects that serve households of low and moderate-income.