Community Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The City Grants Division administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)program for the residents of Bowling Green. The Community Development Block Grant is provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds are used to implement and develop community development and/or housing opportunities to benefit low and moderate income individuals or neighborhoods. Funds are used for housing activities, public services, public facilities, public improvements and economic development.

Public participation is an integral part of the planning process for both the Five-year Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan. Public hearings are advertised and held to ensure the public has an opportunity to provide input and comments.

Questions about the block grant program can be directed to 419-354-6221.

The City of Bowling Green is an Entitlement Community and receives Community Development Block Grant Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The Five-year Consolidated Plan’s purpose is to serve as a planning guide for community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development and providing improved community facilities and services. Maximum priority is given to low- to moderate-income persons and neighborhoods.

You may view the Executive Summary of the Five-year Consolidated Plan here:   FY 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Amended FY 2020 Annual Action Plan


The Annual Action Plan serves as the planning document for addressing overall community development and housing needs that will utilize the annual entitlements of CDBG funding available to the City for a specific 12-month period (9/1/20 – 8/31/21)

All Community Development Block Grant activities address the housing, job and non-housing community development needs of low-income citizens. Housing needs include emergency housing repairs, transitional housing for the homeless and rental housing rehabilitation. Non-housing community development needs include public facilities, public services, economic development, and public improvements.


The CAPER reviews the goals identified in the Annual Action Plan and examines and summarizes the City’s accomplishments in a number of areas toward those goals over the past fiscal year.

The FY 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) details the projects and activities supported through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant funds for the period 9/1/19 through 8/31/20.

To View the CAPER, please click on this link:  FY 2019 CAPER


All funds provided by the City of Bowling Green through Community Development Block Grant must be used to assist low-income persons residing in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Income eligibility will be verified using already-prescribed procedures during the client application process.

Individuals Seeking Assistance:

Individuals seeking assistance for all existing CDBG-funded programs implemented by the City of Bowling Green (and a part of the City’s approved Annual Action Plan for that program year) should complete an application in the City of Bowling Green Grants Administration Office, 304 North Church Street, Bowling Green, Ohio.  Thereafter, designated City staff will verify the availability of funding and applicant eligibility in accordance with written policy.

Those seeking assistance from one of the City’s CDBG Housing Programs are served on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications will be kept on file for six months.  Provided the applicant is eligible and funding is available, the applicant will receive assistance in the order the application is received by the City.  Added detail regarding eligibility and the application process are contained in the City’s approved Housing Policies and Procedures Manual.

Agencies Seeking Assistance:

Agencies seeking –CDBG funded program assistance should submit a written letter of intent/proposal to the City of Bowling Green at the first public hearing held during the development of the CDBG Five-Year Consolidated Plan.  Advertising and other specifics related to this meeting are set forth in the City’s approved CDBG Citizen Participation Plan.  Should additional funding become available after the adoption of the CDBG Five-Year Consolidated Plan, the City will advertise (in accordance with the City’s approved CDBG Participation Plan) prior to a public hearing related to the development of an Annual Action Plan.

Agencies receiving CDBG funds to implement programming (as a sub-recipient) are required to collect source documentation from clients and make low-income determinations for each client served. The income status and eligibility of the client must be documented in the individual client file, following the methods prescribed in a signed sub-recipient agreement between the City of Bowling Green and the sub-recipient (agency awarded CDBG funding).

Client income status must be reported on the Performance Reports as set forth within the sub-recipient agreement. Agencies may not use CDBG funds to serve clients who cannot be determined to be low-income.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development prohibits unlawful discrimination in federally assisted programs based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.