Community Development Block Grant
Castle Rock meets the necessary requirements to be entitled to an allocation of Community Development Block Grant funding provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The CDBG entitlement program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities and counties to develop viable urban communities.
In August 2020, Town Council accepted Castle Rock's entitlement status for the federal fiscal year 2021. Funding from this program will be used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons in Castle Rock.
Use of CDBG funding is guided by input from Castle Rock residents. Following is another opportunity to hear how the Town has been using CDBG funds to support ADA and senior programs in the community and to provide input on plans for the next program year. View the Draft 2022 Annual Action Plan that is available for public comment at this time.
- 2022 Annual Action Plan public hearing: July 19 Town Council Meeting starting at 6 p.m.
Participate in-person or remotely. Check out the Town's event calendar for meeting information, including how to participate remotely.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, view the June 16th presentation regarding the Town's CDBG program and the Draft 2022 Annual Action Plan to learn more.
The grant allocation period follows the federal fiscal year, making CDBG funds available starting Oct. 1, 2021. Castle Rock's allocation is $230,932.
The Town's allocation for the program year starting Oct. 1, 2022, increased to $234,817.
The overall CDBG program goals are to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and expand economic opportunities, primarily for the benefit of low-to-moderate-income residents of Castle Rock. CDBG funding can be used for the following purposes:
- Benefit low- and moderate-income persons in the community
- Prevent or eliminate slums or blight
- Address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available
Areas of focus
HUD approved the Town's 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan (ConPlan), which is a detailed plan designed to help the Town assess its affordable housing and community development needs and make data-driven, place-based investment decisions for the CDBG.
In addition to funding to administer the grant, the ConPlan identified two priorities for funding:
- Public Facilities & Infrastructure ($150,106) - Funds will be used to provide improved access to public facilities, specifically improvements to neighborhood facilities, parks and recreation facilities, and ADA improvements to parking facilities. Funding may also be used for street improvements, sidewalks, water and sewer improvements and ADA and other infrastructure improvements.
- Supportive Services ($34,640) - Funds will be used for supportive services that improve the quality of life for the elderly living in Castle Rock. Supportive services include activities such as independent living services and health and self-sufficiency assistance. Funding may also be used for services for persons with a disability, youth services, vulnerable population groups, job training, emergency assistance and health services.
- Administration ($46,186) - Funding for staff who process required grant paperwork, create reports and assure compliance with regulations, as well as supplies and staff training.
The Town is currently identifying projects to fund.
The Citizen Participation Plan sets forth how the Town will encourage citizen participation in the CDBG program and obtain housing and community development input from the community.
During summer 2021, the Town partnered with Douglas County's CDBG program to seek input from Castle Rock residents. Submissions provided as part of that process guided the Town's CDBG program development.
The public will have opportunities to give input at annual meetings and hearings. You can view a recording of the June 16, 2022, CDBG open house below.
If you have questions about CDBG, please email Grant Administrator Karen Storey or call 720-733-2244.