The ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons. Projects funding by the ICDBG program must principally benefit low-and-moderate-income persons (24 CFR 1003.208). The program regulations provide for two categories of grants, Single Purpose and Imminent Threat:
Single purpose grants are awarded on a competition basis pursuant to the terms published in an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
Imminent Threat Grants
The Secretary of HUD may set aside up to $4 million of each year’s allocation for the noncompetitive, first come-first served, funding of grants to eliminate or lessen problems which pose an imminent threat to public health or safety of tribal residents. Application procedures are available at 2018-04: Imminent Threat Grants (Supersedes Guidance 2017-01) Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat (IT) program.
Related to Imminent Threats, HUD published FR-6301-N-02 Regulatory and Administrative Requirement Flexibilities Available to Native American Programs During CY 2022 and CY 2023 to Tribal Grantees To Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially Declared Disasters. This Federal Register Notice provides waivers and flexibilities from HUD requirements for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG), Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG), and Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) for grantees located in areas that are covered by Presidentially Declared Disasters (PDDs). Refer to Section B. 1. and 2. for a list of ICDBG waivers.
In addition, HUD recently launched a website on Climate Resilience and Adaptation that is a resource hub for Tribes. It includes climate data and toolkits to enable Tribes to design their own solutions to address climate change. The website also highlights case studies of Tribes doing this work and funding that can be used for these purposes.
Eligible applicants for assistance include any Indian tribe, band, group, or nation(including Alaska Indians, Aleut, and Eskimos) or Alaska Native village which has established a relationship to the Federal government as defined in the program regulations. In certain instances, tribal organizations may be eligible to apply.
The ICDBG program can provide funding for recipients in the following categories:
Housing rehabilitation, land acquisition to support new housing construction, and under limited circumstances, new housing construction.
Infrastructure construction, e.g., roads, water and sewer facilities; and, single or multipurpose community buildings.
Wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural projects which may be recipient owned and operated or which may be owned and/or operated by a third party.
The program is administered by the six area ONAPs with policy development and oversight provided by ONAP Headquarters. Each Area ONAP is responsible for a geographic jurisdiction that includes from 26 to over 200 eligible applicants.