This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: February 6, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, | Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Velma Ballard, (804) 371-7019,

Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $4 Million in Community Development Block Grants

~Ten projects address community economic development, water and sewer service, local innovation, and urgent needs in nine localities~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced more than $4.0 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for ten projects in nine Virginia localities. Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  Virginia receives approximately $17 million annually for this grant program.

“I’m pleased to announce funding for ten projects that leverage Community Development Block Grant funding to invest in critical infrastructure,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These projects will help create new jobs and economic opportunities in the communities that receive them. By focusing on infrastructure, downtown revitalization and housing rehabilitation, we are helping communities across the Commonwealth make life better for the people they serve.”

“The CDBG program is a valuable resource in helping address community development issues, particularly in rural areas, associated with housing, job creation, health and safety,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd P. Haymore.  “Since 2014, the CDBG program has leveraged more than $41.6 million to assist localities with developing the critical infrastructure they need to promote economic and community development.”

The CDBG program provides funding to eligible units of local government for planning and implementing projects that address critical community development needs, including housing, infrastructure and economic development. Nearly three hundred non-metropolitan cities, counties, and towns are eligible for this program in Virginia. Grant awards are made through a competitive process using objective scoring criteria developed in consultation with eligible localities.

Most CDBG projects, in accordance with federal law, principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Other projects are targeted for the prevention or elimination of slum and blighting conditions or in response to community development needs of a particular urgency. 

2016 CDBG Community Economic Development Fund, Construction Ready, Water & Sewer Fund, Local Innovation, and Urgent Needs Grant Fund Awards:


Project Name

CDBG Award

Wythe County

Development of Progress Park

$ 359,695

Town of Waverly

Community Economic Development Park

$ 200,000

Buchanan County

Coon Branch Waterline Extension Project

$ 387,500

Town of Exmore

Well and Water Treatment Facility

$ 500,000

Floyd County

Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine

$ 200,000

Town of Dungannon

Revolving Loan Fund (DRLF) Program

$ 100,000

Wise County

IDA Virginia Drone Innovation Project

$ 300,000

Wise County

Workforce Development for Frontier Secure

$ 200,000

Essex County

Housing Rehabilitation Project

$ 875,000

Appomattox County

Tornado Recovery Project

$ 879,760