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Indian Community Development Block Grant Program (ICDBG)


Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2020

Sponsoring Organization

Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)


Provides funding to improve the living environment and raise the standard of living for tribal residents in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. There are two types of grants offered under this opportunity:

  1. Single-Purpose grants are competitive grants on a 2-year funding cycle
  2. Imminent Threat grants are noncompetitive grants meant to address a specific threat to public health or safety in a community, such as natural disasters, environmental hazards, or drug-related violence, crime, and health threats
    • Up to 5% of the total ICDBG program funding may be set-aside for imminent threat grants
    • Funds are made available on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds have been awarded
    • There is no deadline for an imminent threat grant, but funding requests must be made within a reasonable amount of time after a health/safety threat occurs or is discovered

The ICDBG program provides funding in three categories:

  • Housing to support housing rehabilitation, land acquisition, new housing construction projects, and home ownership assistance programs to help residents secure adequate housing
  • Community Facilities that includes public infrastructure projects such as roads, water and sewer facilities, and the construction of multipurpose community buildings
  • Economic Development to support a variety of commercial, industrial, and agricultural projects to start new businesses; create and retain jobs for low-income individuals; and offer education and job training programs to prepare people for work

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • $7,000,000 for single-purpose grants
  • $900,000 for imminent threat grants addressing Presidentially-declared disasters
  • $450,000 for imminent threat grants addressing disasters not Presidentially-declared

Award ceilings for individual grant recipients are determined by the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) Area in which the grantee is located. More information on award amounts in each ONAP Area can be found in the program guidance.

Award floor: $50,000 for single-purpose grants
Project period: Based on the implementation schedule submitted by the applicant and approved by HUD
Estimated number of awards: 120
Estimated total program funding: $65,000,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Native American tribal organizations other than federally recognized tribal governments

Eligible tribes and tribal organizations are described by federal regulation 24 CFR part 1003.5. Applicants must be eligible as an Indian tribe, Alaska native village, or as a tribal organization by the application deadline.

HUD will not review an application submitted by a tribal organization on behalf of a specific tribe if the tribe itself submits an application for the same funding round.

Due to the unique structure of tribal entities in Alaska, tribal organizations applying on behalf of an Alaska tribe or village should contact the Alaska ONAP before the application deadline to confirm their eligibility status and related documentation requirements.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Starting a Business

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the application process for Single-Purpose grants and Imminent Threat grants can be found online.

Imminent Threat applications should be submitted electronically to the appropriate Area ONAP Administrator. Applicants should contact their ONAP Area Office before submitting an application to determine if funds are available and whether a situation or event meets the criteria for an imminent threat under this opportunity.

Single-Purpose grants must be submitted online through

ICDBG applicants may:

  • Only submit one application per ONAP area within their jurisdiction
  • Include more than one project in their application as long as the cost does not exceed the award ceiling in their ONAP area
  • Combine award ceiling amounts if a tribal organization is applying on behalf of multiple tribes and the project benefits all respective tribes
  • Submit individual applications for a combined project involving two or more tribes if the proposed project will benefit all respective tribes


For program or technical questions:

For questions regarding specific program requirements:
Contact your respective ONAP Area Office

Rural Awards

Examples of past awards tribal communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • The Native Village of Galena, Alaska received funding to construct a multi-purpose community center which will provide social, educational, wellness, and cultural services.
  • The Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing Authority in South Dakota received an award to design and construct a public health facility offering a full range of health services, including primary health care, behavioral health, and dental care.
  • The Chippewa Cree Tribe used grant funds to build 11 three-bedroom homes on the Rocky Boy Reservation in Northern Montana.
  • The Aroostook Band of MicMac in Presque Isle, Maine used grant funds to complete moisture mitigation, including new roofing, siding, insulation, energy-efficient windows and doors, and foundation repairs, for 17 older homes.
  • The White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians in White Earth, Minnesota received funding to build a childcare facility which will serve an additional 26 children.
  • The Navajo Nation was awarded funds to extend electric power lines in five rural Arizona communities.
  • The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota used funding to construct an elderly center for the Bear Soldier community to provide essential services to elderly members of the community.

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development • Employment • Housing and Homelessness • Infrastructure