{HARRISBURG} — The City of Harrisburg is making CDBG/ESG federal funding available to local agencies, and interested groups are encouraged to participate in an upcoming workshop in order to be considered.

Nonprofits and other groups can learn more about the city’s allotment of Community Development Block Grant funds and Emergency Solutions Grant funds at one of two workshops taking place Tuesday, July 23. The first session takes place between 10am-11:30am, and the second session runs from 2pm-3:30pm. Interested groups are asked to email [email protected] with the following information in order to register:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Title & Date
  • Time Selection

A Zoom link for the virtual workshop will be provided upon registration.

CDBG/ESG federal funding from the City of Harrisburg is only available to organizations which provide services within City of Harrisburg limits.

What is CDBG/ESG Federal Funding?

The Community Development Block Grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides funding to local and state governments across the Country.  In 2002,  Dauphin County attained urban status – meaning an  increase in allocation.  In past years, these funds have been used for new and rehabilitation of existing sewer and water lines, development of senior centers, low- to moderate income housing projects, first-time homebuyers assistance,  home rehabilitation  and must more.  

All projects must meet one of the three national objectives:

  • Benefit at least 51% of low- and moderate-income persons
  • Aid in the prevention or clearance of slum and blight
  • Meet an urgent need

ESG funds provide funding to:

  1. Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  2. Improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  3. Help operate these shelters;
  4. Provide essential services to shelter residents;
  5. Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and
  6. Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.

ESG funds may be used for five program components: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and HMIS; as well as administrative activities (up to 7.5% of a recipient’s allocation can be used for administrative activities).

Who can apply?

Applicant organizations must be either a (1) public agency or (2) private, non-profit entity and must be in good standing with the Federal Government, State of Pennsylvania and the City of Harrisburg. To be considered for funding, a project must primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons or special needs populations as defined by HUD programmatic regulations.

How much money is available?

The City of Harrisburg has approximately $1.6M in CDBG/ESG federal funding available. Applications come in and they are scored by employees within the city’s Department of Building and Housing. Mayor Williams will then make recommendations to City Council, which then votes and approves based on that list.

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply will be established after the July 23 workshops.  These workshops are targeted to respective entities that will be applying for funds.


Department of Building & Housing