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Community Development

CDC’s Division of Community Development works with communities to identify funding sources that will help them improve the quality of life available to their citizens. Working through the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) and the Louisiana Capital Outlay program, CDC can assist a Louisiana community in applying for funding for repairs to streets and bridges, improvements to water and wastewater facilities, and other public infrastructure and community needs. Other services provided through the Division include Funding Referrals, Disaster Recovery Grant Assistance, and ADA Compliance Information.

Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) Program
The mission of the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Program is to award and administer federal financial assistance to units of general local government in federally designated areas of the State to further develop communities by providing a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low to moderate income in accordance with federal statutory requirements. As the local contact for the LCDBG program in Northwest Louisiana, CDC works with our governmental members to help them apply for funding through this program in order to achieve our goal of improving the overall quality of life for the citizens in the 10 parishes and the cities, towns, and villages here in Northwest Louisiana. If requested by the governmental entity, CDC will administer a resulting grant as part of its commitment to the development and improvement of public facilities for the clients we represent.

In Arkansas: the Community Development Block Grant Program is administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, (800) ARKANSAS

In Texas: the Community Development Block Grant Program is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, (800)-Tell-TDA

Louisiana Capital Outlay Program
The Louisiana Capital Outlay Program allows for governmental entities and pre-registered nonprofits to apply annually for funding for local capital improvement projects that meet standards established by statute and constitution as well as long-range policies and goals established by the legislature and governor. As a service to our membership, CDC staff will assist our members with the completion of their Capital Outlay requests. Note: This funding program is unique to Louisiana.

Funding Referral Services
CDC can advise government entities, political subdivisions, and public/private nonprofit organizations as to whether a specific project they are working on qualifies for available sources of funding. Once qualified, CDC’s Community Development’s staff can work with the entity to develop an application that meets the requirement of the funding source. Note: fee based service.

Disaster Recovery Grant Assistance 
In the event of a disaster, CDC is available to assist government agencies in Northwest Louisiana in applying for Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) emergency grants, and the subsequent administration of the grant, if the application is approved for funding.

ADA Compliance Information 
The Division’s staff is available to provide information to help a community or business access the sources necessary to help them ensure their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For more information, contact Austin Vaughn, Grants Manager or Karen Cox, Manager of CDC’s Division of Community Development (318) 632-2022.