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Indian Community Development Block Grant Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Indian Community Development Block Grant Program


Federal Agency




Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Section 106(a), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.; Housing and Urban Development Act, Section 7(d), 42 U.S.C. 3535(d).






To provide assistance to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in the development of viable Indian communities.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages may use block grants to improve the housing stock, provide community facilities, make infrastructure improvements, and expand job opportunities by supporting the economic development of their communities. Activities which are eligible for funding include housing rehabilitation programs, acquisition of land for housing, direct assistance to facilitate homeownership among low and moderate income persons, construction of tribal and other facilities for single or multi-use, streets and other public facilities, and economic development projects particularly those by nonprofit tribal organizations or local development corporations when the recipient determines that the provision of such assistance is appropriate to carry out an economic development project. Tribes and Alaska Native villages are restricted from using block grants for construction and improvement of governmental facilities, the purchase of equipment, general government expenses, operating and maintenance expenses, political activities, new housing construction (except through community-based development organizations (CBDOs), and income payments.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any Indian tribe, band, group, nation, or tribal organization, including Alaska Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos, and any Alaska Native village that is eligible for assistance under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act or which had been eligible under the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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


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


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication required. Prior to submitting application, applicant must allow for citizen participation in application development. An environmental assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Applicants must file an application on forms prescribed by HUD, which describe the community development need and how that need will be addressed by the proposed project. The application must provide sufficient information for the project to be rated against selection criteria.

Award Procedure

The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) Area Office is responsible for rating and approving applications and for notifying applicants of the results.


Dates are published in a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the Federal Register.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 75 to 110 days.


Limitations, conditions, and requirements specified in NOFA.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available until project completion, usually within two years.


Post Assistance Requirements


Annual performance reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


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


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $61,796,147; FY 08 est $62,000,000; and FY 09 est $57,420,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The estimated average grant in Fiscal Year 2003 (latest year data provided) was approximately $600,000. The smallest and largest awards were $177,274 and $4,950,947, respectively.


Program Accomplishments



Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

24 CFR 1003.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact appropriate HUD Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) Area Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Office of Native American Programs, Department of Housing and Urban Development,451 Seventh St, S.W., Room 4126, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 401-7914.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

14.867, Indian Housing Block Grants
14.250, Rural Housing And Economic Development
15.124, Indian Loans-Economic Development
15.141, Indian Housing Assistance
93.612, Native American Programs


Examples of Funded Projects

Fire station; housing rehabilitation grant program; cooperative store development; water lines and storage facility, community building.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications must be submitted by any eligible tribe or Alaska Native Village which has the capacity to administer a grant. Applications are then rated against factors which measure impact and quality.


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