Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

CDBG Program 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually awards the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the City of Jonesboro, as an entitlement city on a formula basis, to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed towards revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq. CDBG Code of Federal Regulations is under 24 CRF Part 570 and 2 CFR Part 200. 

Activities must meet at least one of the three National Objectives: 

  • Benefit to low-and moderate-income (LMI); 
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; and 
  • Meet an urgent need. 

The City, stakeholders, and citizens, through the Citizen Participation Plan process identify community needs for each annual program and funding priorities to carry out activities for viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low-and moderate-income persons. 

City of Jonesboro, as grantee, carry out a wide range of community development activities, such as, housing services and economic development within the following core activities--programs:

  • Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance (may include sewer connection);
  • Homeownership Assistance;
  • Demolition & Clearance Assistance;
  • Public Services Program;
  • Public Facilities and Improvements Program;
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Program; and
  • Homeless Prevention and Services. 

The City Grants Department has created its 2021 Annual Action Plan proposal with public input until May 17.  You can voice your thoughts about the plan before it is finalized. Send all comments to Madelynn Williams, CDBG Grant Program Manager 870-336-7170 or

2021 Annual Action Plan - Community Development Block Grants (PDF)


FY 2023-2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Announcements


The City of Jonesboro Department of Grants and Community Development will accept proposals for the 2023 program year (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024) for funds provided by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization as established by the IRS. Proposals for Public Services programs are due no later than April 24, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. The major focus of Jonesboro’s CDBG program is to provide a suitable living environment, decent housing, social services, and economic opportunities in low-income areas, and low-to-moderate- income persons. Applications will be reviewed and selected by the CDBG Citizen Advisory Committee and the CDBG funds will be awarded to qualified and selected projects.

Applications can be accessed at 2023 Public Service RFP Application (PDF) or via an email request to  The Applications can also be picked up in the Grants & Community Development office located at 300 South Church Street, Suite 402, Jonesboro, AR, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information regarding the CDBG program, please visit  


2023 CDBG program year funds are available for low-to-moderate-income individuals. Applications for Homeownership, Homeowner Rehabilitation, Demolition and Sewer-Connection Assistance are available. Contact Madelynn Williams, CDBG Program Manager, for more information.

Grant Programs