Applying for the El Paso County Community Development Block Grant

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Since 2009, El Paso County Community Development Block Grant funds have been awarded to local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations. Agencies with experience administering federal funding will likely have adequate internal controls and policies to successfully implement a CDBG funded project. Eligible projects are those that serve low-to-moderate income residents (LMI), create jobs for low-to-moderate income clients (LMJ), or serve a low-to-moderate income area (LMA) within El Paso County.

Determining Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

Use the mapping tools linked below to determine project eligibility based on location:

HUD Eligibility Guides

EPC LMI Maps: In the top-left, click ‘layer list’ and select under EcoDev Features ‘CDBG Overlay.’ Either enter an address into the search bar at the top or click on a location in El Paso County. In the pop-up window, scroll to view Low/Mod percentages.

Nationwide LMI Maps: Enter an address into the top right search bar to auto-populate. Zoom to that location and click on it. In the pop-up window, use the right-pointing arrow at the top to find the ‘LMISD by Block Group‘ option. You can also zoom out and select areas on the map via Block Groups to view Low/Mod percentages.

Application Process

January - February

The 2024 CDBG application cycle was open from January 2 through February 2. The next opportunity to apply will be in early 2025. All first-time applicants must attend an orientation meeting with staff prior to applying.

March - May

CDBG applications submitted by the deadline are reviewed by the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB). Funding recommendations from CDAB require final approval from the El Paso Board of County Commissioners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

June - July

All applicants receive notification of whether or not their projects are approved for 2024 CDBG funding. Funding will not become available until several additional requirements are met.

August - October

Subrecipients attend a mandatory CDBG Orientation Training and work with El Paso County staff to fully execute a legally binding subrecipient agreement prior to beginning any CDBG-related project work. Typically, CDBG projects may begin incurring expenses in October pending HUD's disbursement of funds.

How to Apply

NOTE: THE CDBG APPLICATION CYCLE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

The 2024 CDBG cycle was open from January 2 through February 2. The next opportunity to apply will be in early 2025. During the open cycle, follow the steps below to apply:

  1. Download the 2024 CDBG Application.
  2. Complete all sections of the application and attach any additional supporting documents.
  3. Submit the application to CDBG@elpasoco.com by the deadline.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted.

Please direct any questions to LukeHouser@elpasoco.com.

Technical Support for Applicants

Watch the Recorded 2024 Webinar

Attention First Time Applicants

Click below to schedule a meeting with CDBG staff prior to submitting an application.

Luke Houser
Community Development Analyst
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719 520 6249
lukehouser@elpasoco.com

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Crystal LaTier
Executive Director
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719 520 6484
crystallatier@elpasoco.com