The State of Ohio received $27.2 million in the first allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Development (OCD). OCD will use these funds for public services and public facilities projects to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. OCD Policy Notice 19-06: Using Community Development Block Grant Funds for Public Services and Facilities provides eligibility and national objective guidance for these projects.
The first round of funding is reserved for local government applicants. Eligible communities include 78 rural counties and 23 small cities. Eligible applicants are listed in the PY 2020 Ohio Annual Action Plan, which is available on the Ohio Development Services Agency’s 
Ohio Consolidated Plan web page. To qualify, local governments must receive CDBG Community Development Program funds as a direct grantee.
 Projects must meet one of the following national objectives:


Low- and Moderate-Income Area Benefit (LMA)

Low- and Moderate-Income Limited Clientele (LMC)

Low- and Moderate-Income Housing (LMH)



Funds for LMH projects are reserved for public housing facilities serving special needs populations

Projects that do not demonstrate benefit to a specific presumed limited clientele class will be required to income qualify beneficiaries.
Eligible Public Services costs:

  • Labor, defined as salaries and benefits for staff and contract employees;
  • Equipment, supplies, and materials, purchased or leased;
  • Facility operation and maintenance costs, limited to the portion of a facility in which an eligible public service is housed

Eligible Public Facilities costs: 

  • Building or site rehabilitation 

NOTE: Proposals that include both building rehabilitation, and labor, equipment or operation costs for the same entity must be qualified as two (2) separate projects. Applicants will submit a public facilities project for building or site rehabilitation and a public services project for labor, equipment, or operation costs.   

Awards are negotiated based upon need, funds availability, and regional coverage. OCD has not set a per project grant ceiling or limit to the number of awards per community. Projects do not require leveraged funds.
Local governments may request funds for administration, up to 10% or $50,000, whichever is less. Administration includes 

  • Citizen participation
  • Application preparation
  • Environmental review
  • Directly implementing projects
  • Subrecipient oversight
  • Reporting
  • Grant close-out

Any program income resulting from CDBG-CV projects must be returned to the State of Ohio.
Duplication of Benefits
Local government grant recipients and/or subrecipients are responsible for ensuring the use of CDBG-CV funds do not result in a duplication of benefits. Grantees must develop and maintain procedures to prevent a duplication of benefits, this includes an assessment of other resources available for the same activities or beneficiaries, an evaluation of the need for grant funding, and an agreement with the subrecipient or beneficiaries to repay any assistance determined to be duplicative. Policy Notice 20-05: CDBG-CV Duplication of Benefits Policy and Procedures outlines additional requirements.