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Public Facilities and Capital Improvements

National Objective

Public Facilities and Capital Improvements must principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

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Eligible Activities

The acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, or installation of public facilities and capital improvements are eligible activities under CDBG. The specific types of facilities and improvements eligible for CDBG funding under 24 CFR 570.201(c) include:

  • The construction or installation of infrastructure improvements, such as street improvements, tree planting, or water and sewer lines;
  • Neighborhood facilities such as recreational facilities, parks, and playgrounds; and
  • Facilities for persons with special needs such as facilities for battered spouses, nursing homes, group homes for the disabled, or transitional housing for the homeless.

If the assisted facility is owned by a not-for-profit organization, the CDBG regulations stipulate that the facility must be open to the public during normal working hours. All facilities constructed with CDBG funds must comply with ADA requirements, per 24 CFR 570.614(b). Public Facilities and Improvements eligible for assistance are subject to the policies in 24 CFR 570.200(b).

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Eligible Costs

Eligible costs associated with activities may include:

  • Energy efficiency improvements;
  • Handicapped accessibility improvements (including improvements to buildings used for general conduct of government); and
  • Architectural design features and other treatments aimed at improving aesthetic quality (e.g., sculptures, fountains).
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Ineligible Activities

  • The maintenance and repair of public facilities and capital improvements is generally ineligible (e.g., filling potholes, repairing cracks in sidewalks, mowing grass at public recreational areas or replacing street light bulbs).
  • Operating costs associated with public facilities or capital improvements are ineligible unless part of a CDBG-assisted public service activity or eligible as an interim assistance activity.
  • A public facility otherwise eligible for assistance under the CDBG program may be assisted with CDBG funds even if it is part of a multiple use building containing ineligible uses, if:
    • The public portion of the facility that is otherwise eligible and proposed for assistance will
      occupy a designated and discrete area within the larger facility; and
    • It can be determined that the costs attributable to the facility proposed for assistance is
      separate and distinct from the overall costs of the multiple-use building and/or facility.
      Allowable costs are limited to those attributable to the eligible portion of the building or facility.
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