305 SW A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Phone: (479) 271-3122
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis.
CDBG funds must give priority to activities that meet three national objectives:
The City of Bentonville became an entitlement community, eligible to receive CDBG funds, in 2004. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s), metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000, and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities).
HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need that includes the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
On average, the city receives approximately $180,000 annually in CDBG funds from HUD. Currently, the city uses the funds to help pay for infrastructure improvement projects within the city’s two low to moderate income areas, supplement transportation needs for Bentonville’s disabled and elderly residents, and assist with homeless prevention in the community.