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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Community Development Block Grants/Special Purpose Grants/Insular Areas


Federal Agency




Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, Title I, Public Law 93-383, 42 U.S.C. 5306(a)(2).






To provide community development assistance to the Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Activities must be eligible under 24 CFR 570 Subpart C.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Island Governments of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The principal beneficiaries of CDBG funds are low and moderate income persons. Low and moderate income is generally defined as 80 percent of the median income for the territory, as adjusted by family size.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Each Insular Area shall submit a consolidated plan or an abbreviated consolidated plan to HUD no later than 45 days before the start of its program year.

Award Procedure

The Honolulu Field Office and the HUD San Juan Field Office are responsible for reviewing each consolidated plan or abbreviated consolidated plan and approving them if the submissions are in accordance with 24 CFR 91 and the certifications are acceptable to HUD.


Applicants must submit final statements no later than 45 days before the start of its program year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

45 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The funds are allocated according to population size of the applicants. There is no matching required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available until project completion, and is released through a letter of credit.


Post Assistance Requirements


Financial management and annual performance reports as required by the Secretary.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of State and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations", nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards should have a single audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of the Circular.


All records applicable to the assistance project must be kept for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until all audit findings have been resolved.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $6,930,000; FY 08 est $7,000,000; and FY 09 est $7,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Funds awarded in FY 2008: American Samoa: $963,516; Guam: $2,851,151; Northern Marianas: $1,374,719; Virgin Islands: $1,810,614.


Program Accomplishments

In their 2006 program year, the Insular Areas Expended 70 percent of their CDBG funds on public improvements, 12 percent on acquisition, and 7 percent on public services.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

24 CFR 570 Subpart F.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Honolulu Field Office and the HUD San Juan Field Office as listed in Appendix IV of the print edition of this Catalog. Or on the Internet, see:

Headquarters Office

Office of Block Grant Assistance, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th St., S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-1322. E-mail:

Web Site Address


Related Programs

15.875, Economic, Social, And Political Development Of The Territories


Examples of Funded Projects

Housing rehabilitation, infrastructure and public facilities development, and/or improvements, economic development initiatives, microenterprise/small business creation and/or assistance, and first-time home buyer assistance.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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