Bringing Communities Together

Welcome to the El Paso County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) main page. Our program’s vision is to develop viable communities by ensuring a range of affordable housing choices, supporting necessary services and public infrastructure, strengthening the local economy, and mobilizing community resources to enhance collaboration and community partnerships. View the tabs below to learn more about our program and the funding cycle.

2022 CDBG Application Cycle Now Open

The application cycle opened on January 3, 2022 and will close on February 4, 2022, at 5 pm. To download the application and application directions, please go to the Applications and Eligibility tab.

If you are interested in learning more, you can sign up for any of the events below:

EPC CDBG Application Cycle Webinar Recording

Webinar Recording

Webinar slide deck

Initial 2022-2026 Consolidated Plan Public Meeting #1

Location: 9 E Vermjo Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903/virtual attendance available

Date and Time: January 25, 2022, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Email chloelomprey@elpasoco.com to register

Initial 2022-2026 Consolidated Plan Public Meeting #2

Location: Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain, CO 80817

Date and Time: January 26, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Email chloelomprey@elpasoco.com to register

Take our Community Needs Survey

Take the survey at the link below to tell our program about you would like us to focus funding for the next five years. Use the contact information at the bottom of this page if you’d like to learn more about this process.

Take the Survey!

Notice of El Paso County’s Planning Efforts Regarding the 2022-2026 Consolidated Plan, 2022 Annual Action Plan, and Citizen Participation Plan for the Administration of the Community Development Block Grant Program

Notice is hereby given that the El Paso County Economic Development Division will host multiple meetings in January 2022 to discuss the planning efforts underway to address developing a proposed five-year Consolidated Plan for years 2022-2026, a one-year Annual Action Plan for 2022, and a Citizen Participation Plan for the use of federal block grant funds.

  • The Consolidated Plan is drafted to meet federal requirements, as set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and is intended to outline the long-term strategies necessary to address the housing, economic, and community development needs of low- and moderate-income residents of El Paso County.
  • The Annual Action Plan details the proposed projects, goals, and objectives for each year of the five-year plan.
  • The Citizen Participation Plan sets forth the County’s policies and procedures for public participation.

These planning meetings will include:

  • A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE PLANS
  • CORRESPONDING DATA AND MAPS
  • ACCESS TO A SURVEY TO PROVIDE PUBLIC INPUT

MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS AND TIMES:

El Paso County Economic Development Office
Virtual/In-Person Hybrid Meeting
9 E Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Email chloelomprey@elpasoco.com for the direct link
Or call in at:
719-283-1263
Conference ID: 419 329 928

Fountain Valley Senior Center
5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain, CO 80817
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
5:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Both facilities are ADA-accessible and persons wishing to participate virtually will have access to closed captioning.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), El Paso County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours before the scheduled event. Citizens who are deaf and hard of hearing may dial 711 or 800-659-3656 Relay Colorado (voice) or 800-659-2656 (TTY). Foreign language services, American Sign Language interpreters, and specialty printed materials may be requested at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

All questions and requests may be submitted to Chloe Lomprey, Community Development Analyst, at 719-520-6249 or chloelomprey@elpasoco.com. For those unable to attend but wishing to submit a comment, please email the above address or mail your comment to the following: El Paso County Economic Development Department, 9 E Vermijo Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

English Notice

Spanish Notice

Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) Meeting Schedule

CDAB meetings are currently held in the Economic Development Conference Room located at 9 E. Vermijo Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and start at 12:30 pm. The most recent CDAB meeting was on August 18, 2021. In compliance with state public health orders, meetings are currently being conducted virtually. Please use the contact information at the bottom of this page if you would like to request a direct link to future meetings.

The current CDAB schedule is as follows:

  • March 16, 2022, at 12:30 PM
  • April 20, 2022, at 12:30 PM

Additional meetings will be added as they are scheduled.

2021 Fair Housing Events

The El Paso County Economic Development department celebrated Fair Housing Month and Community Development Week on April 8 and April 9, 2021. Please see the slides from the webinars below.

CD Week Webinar Slides

Fair Housing Slides

Additional fair housing tools can be found under the ‘Fair Housing’ tab.

The 2021 CDBG application cycle is now open!

Please use the links below to download the application and application directions.

2022 Application

2022 Application Directions

The application cycle opened on January 3, 2022, and will close on February 4, 2022, at 5 pm.

Please visit the Subrecipient Resources Tab to view guides and programmatic expectations that will help inform your application and develop a quality request.

Funding Cycle

The El Paso County CDBG program’s HUD designated program year runs from April 1 – March 31 of the following year. The application cycle generally opens in January. Check the events and notices tab for when application cycle dates are announced.

Mapping Tools

The low to moderate-income map link below is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on ACS data. For current recipients of funding and prospective recipients, this link is an excellent tool for scouting potential locations for projects.

Nationwide LMI Maps (To use the map, zoom in to El Paso County and select only the ‘LMISD by Block Group’ option. Click on Block Groups to view Low/Mod percentages. For more assistance, contact our office.)

El Paso County LMI Maps (These maps are zoomed in to specific Census Tract Block Groups in El Paso County that qualify for LMA benefit. For more information or specialty maps for persons with disabilities, please contact our office.)

El Paso County Assessor Real Property Search (Use this tool to check whether an address is inside or outside the city of limits of Colorado Springs)

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

CDBG funds can be awarded to local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations but not private individuals. Agencies with experience administering federal funding resources will likely have adequate internal controls and policies to successfully implement a CDBG funded project.

After confirming your agency’s eligibility for funding, please consider that the following guidelines must be met:

  • The project must serve persons of low-to-moderate income who reside within El Paso County but outside the city limits of Colorado Springs. Eligible areas include Calhan, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument, Palmer Lake, Ramah, and unincorporated El Paso County.
  • The project must be eligible according to the Code of Federal Regulations, which can be accessed at CDBG Code of Federal Regulations
  • The project must meet one of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s national objectives and one of the El Paso County Consolidated Plan goals. National objectives and local goals are described in detail under the Goals tab.

Please contact our office directly to discuss the eligibility of a specific program or project.

National Objectives of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has outlined three clear objectives to be fulfilled by the CDBG program. Every project funded by CDBG funds must accomplish one of the three following objectives: address an urgent need, mitigate slum/blight conditions or benefit persons of low-to-moderate income. Additionally, mitigating slum/blight conditions or benefiting persons of low-to-moderate income can be accomplished through several different avenues. A visual breakdown of these objectives is presented below.

National objectives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Objectives

Local Goals of the El Paso County CDBG Program

In addition to meeting a national objective, all projects funded by the El Paso County CDBG Program must meet at least one of the goals outlined in our 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan. Please note all goals denoted with an ‘AFH’ in reference to our Assessment of Fair Housing are considered high priority goals. An in-depth listing of all goals is linked below.

2017-2021 CDBG Goals

Before El Paso County CDBG Program projects may begin expending funds, they must first be approved by the Board of County Commissioners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Projects are selected and submitted for approval on an annual basis, with the final approval from HUD usually occurring in July or August each year.

Click the links below to see current and past projects, as well as a few highlighted projects that have made an exceptional difference in our community.

2017 CDBG Project Listing

2018 CDBG Project Listing

2019 CDBG Project Listing

2020 CDBG Project Listing

CDBG-CV Project Listing

2021 CDBG Project Listing

Whether you are a first-time recipient of El Paso County CDBG funding or a federal funding old-timer, this page will help your agency keep your project in compliance with all associated requirements.

All funding applicants are highly encouraged to review the documents below in advance of submitting their application. These links will help you prepare an application that addresses the needs of the CDBG program and develop a deeper understanding of what to expect when developing a potential project.

El Paso County CDBG Subrecipient Record-Keeping Guide

Playing by the Rules Handbook CDBG Subrecipients

Sample CDBG Subrecipient Agreement

Reporting Resources

Not sure which reports you should submit, or when they’re due? Start off by reviewing the CDBG Reporting Schedule below. Additional questions can be directed to CDBG staff using the contact information at the bottom of the page.

CDBG Reporting Deadlines for Subrecipients

Reimbursement Request Form
Quarterly Subrecipient Report
Program Income Report
Annual Federal Expenditure Report
Project Completion Report
2021 CDBG Income Limits

For Construction Projects: Documents and Resources

Mandatory Forms for RFP/RFB:

Please contact us prior to the RBP/RFB publication to assist with pulling the appropriate Davis-Bacon wages.

Mandatory Items that must be completed before construction can begin on a project:

Mandatory Posters to be displayed on job site during construction:

Section 3 Compliance Guide (for projects with federal funding totaling $200,000 or more)

Section 3 Compliance Reporting Form (for projects with federal funding totaling $200,00 or more)

CDBG-CV Reporting Guides and Resources

Note that CDBG-CV Reporting follows the same schedule as the CDBG Reporting Schedule and utilizes the same reimbursement request form.
Intro to CDBG-CV
CDBG-CV Quarterly Report
Duplication of Benefits Guide
Duplication of Benefits Awareness Sheet
CDBG-CV Public Utilities Q&A

To ensure these federal funds are used effectively and efficiently within our jurisdiction, El Paso County Economic Development thoughtfully, strategically, and with robust community participation completes several long-term planning, short-term action, and final performance evaluation documents. Please note additional information below:

Long-Term Strategic Plans:

2017-2021 Assessment of Fair Housing

2017-2021 Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan

Assessment of Fair Housing (internal planning document)

Short-Term Actions:

2020 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan with Amendment 1

2021 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan

Performance Evaluation Reports:

2019 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

2020 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

2020 Annual Performance Assessment

Additional historical reports available upon request

The El Paso County CDBG Program is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing within our jurisdiction as delineated in our 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan goal AFH4. Our program hosts two free and open to the public fair housing events each year, which are posted under the Events and Notices tab as they are scheduled.

Fair Housing Resources

Want to learn more about your fair housing rights? Please see the resources below and feel free to reach out if you have specific questions or would like additional information.

Nov, 12 2020 Resources for Renters

Fair Housing For All English Booklet

Fair Housing For All Spanish Booklet

DMFHC Brochure: Fair Housing for Persons with Disabilities

DMFHC Brochure: Fair Housing for Families with Children

DMFHC Brochure: Fair Housing for HOAs and Cooperative

2017-2021 Assessment of Fair Housing
Regional Housing Needs Assessment (2014)

Need help filing a fair housing or employment complaint? The websites below can help you get started.
HUD’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Website
United States Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division
Colorado Division of Civil Rights

Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB)

On April 1, 2009, El Paso County became an “entitlement community” and was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

The Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) reviews matters of importance regarding the CDBG program and makes recommendations to the El Paso County Board of Commissioners concerning community development issues and use of CDBG funds.

The CDAB is comprised of 12 voting members, including a representative from each of the municipalities participating in the El Paso County Community Development Block Grant Program and a representative from each of the commissioner districts. Participating municipalities advise the Board of County Commissioners who they have designated as their representative. Commissioner district representatives are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Members are appointed for five-year terms, with terms initially staggered, and are limited to serving two consecutive five-year terms.

Please review the Events and Notices tab for upcoming CDAB meeting dates and times.

Ready to learn more about CDBG? Contact us!

Chloe Lomprey
Community Development Analyst
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 520-6249
chloelomprey@elpasoco.com