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 $2500 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.