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Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grants are awarded to Richland County by the state of Ohio, and have been administered by the Richland County Regional Planning Commission for nearly 30 years. To be eligible for community development program funding, a project must fall under one or more national objectives. It must benefit low and moderate income persons, work to eliminate slum and blighting conditions, and/or address urgent community development needs. To apply for CDBG funds, click below.

Potential Applicants:

1. Projects should be located outside the City of Mansfield, or serve a clientele residing outside of the city in proportion to the share of the total project that Richland County CDBG is requested to fund. In short, if the residents affected by your program are 50% in Mansfield and 50% out, Richland County CDBG funds can be requested for 50% of your project cost.

2. Applicants should present their proposal through a project proposal form, linked above.

3. A breakdown of the project year: Applications are solicited in February/March. Completed applications are due in May/June. Funds are awarded in Oct/Nov.

4. Projects funded by CDBG grants must be completed within 2 years of the award date.

5. All additional funding must be clearly identified and leveraged when applying.

6. Funds cannot be used to support public improvements for future or speculative developments.

7. Construction projects are subject to substantial requirements for bidding and contract management. Preference may be given to project applicants indicating that construction management and supervision will be by a qualified engineering or architectural firm. CDBG funds will not pay for these services. Construction projects of $2,000 or more must be planned using Davis-Bacon Wage Rates. For more information on Davis-Bacon rates, click here.

For more information on the CDBG program, click here.

Section 3:

Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968, federal regulation §24 
CFR 135. Section 3 Program requires recipients of certain HUD housing and community development financial assistance, to the greatest extent feasible, to provide employment and job training for low- and very low-income persons and contracting opportunities to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons in connection 
with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.


Richland  County has committed to complying with the HUD Section 3 Act and Section 3 regulations. It is the County's desire to work together to ensure compliance on projects subject to Section 3 requirements, through awarding of contracts for work and services to HUD section 3 business concerns and to provide employment and training to HUD Section 3 residents.

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