Grants Management

What We Do

The Grants Management section falls under the Department of Finance and Management. We coordinate financial and regulatory aspects of the following grants: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Grant (HOPWA), the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and the HOME-American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP).

Section 3

What Is It?

Section 3 is a compliance requirement from HUD that applies to all construction projects funded with HUD-sourced grants that exceed $200,000 (in total costs), and to all contractors or subcontractors with an individual construction contract or subcontract above $100,000 on a HUD-assisted project.

A summary of compliance requirements are:

  1. To the greatest extent feasible, hire and train Section 3 residents, and submit monthly reports of the total labor hours worked on project to grantsmgmt@columbus.gov. At least 25% of total labor hours must be worked by Section 3 Workers, and at least 5% of total labor hours must be worked by Targeted Section 3 Workers.
  2. To the greatest extent feasible, contract with Section 3 Business Concerns.
  3. Provide outreach/training for Section 3 residents, and report on the outreach and training undertaken in monthly reports.

Forms and Resources

HOME Program

What Is It?

The Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is federal funding provided to the City of Columbus by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The purpose of this grant is to implement local housing strategies designed to increase homeownership and affordable housing opportunities for low and very low-income Americans.

HOME Subaward Grantees

A list of all the FY 2022 HOME Subaward Grantees can be found here:

FY 2022 HOME Subaward Grantees(PDF, 155KB)

HOME Resources

HOME: HOME Investment Partnerships Program - HUD Exchange

Invitation to Bid Resources

Bid Documents

The following documents should be given to contractors or relevant persons during the invitation to bid:

  1. Section 3 Clause(PDF, 213KB)
  2. HUD Construction Contract Documentation Form(PDF, 195KB)
  3. Federal Labor Provisions(PDF, 44KB)
  4. Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage Rates (See Below)

What is Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage?

  • The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts apply to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. Davis-Bacon Act and Related Act contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics employed under the contract no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area
  • The Davis-Bacon Act directs the Department of Labor to determine such locally prevailing wage rates. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia contracts. The Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage provisions apply to the "Related Acts," under which federal agencies assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance.
  • For prime contracts in excess of $100,000, contractors and subcontractors must also, under the provisions of the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, as amended, pay laborers and mechanics, including guards and watchmen, at least one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act may also apply to DBA-covered contracts.

Compliance Requirements Summary

  • Eligible contractors or subcontractors must submit weekly payroll reports to the prevailing wage coordinator for the City, Noelle Synder - NRSnyder@columbus.gov

Find Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage Rates

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

What Is It?

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is federal funding provided to the City of Columbus by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop viable urban communities with an emphasis on supporting low- and moderate-income persons. CDBG can be used for projects like affordable housing development, public facilities and services, property rehabilitation, and more.

HUD Playing by the Rules Handbook for Subrecipients

2025 City of Columbus CDBG Grant Timeline

Every year, the City administers CDBG funds to internal and external organizations through a competitive application process. Below is our timeline of the grant process:

  • April 11, 2024, 3-5 PM - CDBG Application Release Workshop @ Whetstone Public Library meeting room
  • April 11 – June 14, 2024 – CDBG application open to the public
  • May 2, 2024, 3:00 - 5:00 PM - 2024 CDBG Technical Assistance Workshop @ Columbus Public Health Auditorium (240 Parsons Ave)
  • June 14, 2024 – CDBG application due by 11:59 PM

CDBG Application 2025

This year the City is collecting applications through a web form that will require you to enter responses in a web browser and upload supporting documents. The web form can be saved and returned to, but you also have the option to work in a Word document and complete the web form once you have drafted all responses offline.

Application Web Form – submit by 11:59 PM on June 14th, 2024

Application – Word document version(DOCX, 23KB) - For drafting purposes only. Do not submit this document. Complete all responses in the web form.

Budget template - Excel file(XLSX, 34KB) - Applications must upload a completed budget proposal using this file as a template

Application scoring worksheet - PDF file(PDF, 349KB) – For reference only, for use by City staff


CDBG Technical Assistance

Prospective applicants for CDBG funds can request technical assistance from the Grants Management team by completing this web form.

Simple questions can be emailed to grantsmgmt@columbus.gov, but discussions related to a potential application or more in-depth questions about program eligibility and regulations should be submitted through the form.

A technical assistance workshop was held on May 2nd, and a recording can be viewed here.

2025 Technical Assistance Workshop slides(PDF, 363KB)

2025 CDBG Workshop slides(PDF, 16MB)

Recordings of previous workshops are available for your review:

2023 CDBG Public Workshop recording

2024 CDBG Public Workshop recording

2025 CDBG Public Workshop recording


2025 CDBG Funding Timeline

  • June 14 - August 2024 - CDBG project review and scoring by internal committee
  • August 2024 - October 2024 - Public participation process and selection of 2025 CDBG awards
    • Public meeting will be held to present all applications received for CDBG funding, seek feedback on funding priorities, and allow for public comment.
    • Columbus City Council Finance Committee Hearing will be held following selection of CDBG awards to review draft 2024 Annual Action Plan. This hearing provides an opportunity for public comment.
  • October - December, 2024 - Columbus City Council passes legislation adopting draft 2025 Annual Action Plan.
    • Grants Management staff work with CDBG awardees to complete environmental reviews, finalize project scopes, and sign agreements
  • January 1, 2025 - Program year begins
  • December 31, 2025 - Program year ends

CDBG HUD Resources

CDBG Entitlement Program - HUD Exchange


2025-2029 Consolidated Plan

The City is beginning to develop its 5-year "Consolidated Plan," a document that will guide investment of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants from 2025 to 2029. We rely on members of the public and local experts and organizations to guide the priorities and strategies that make up this plan.

These grant funds are intended to primarily support low and moderate income residents of the City of Columbus. Participation in the planning process allows residents of Columbus to contribute to the prioritization of projects and geographic areas that will receive these grant funds.

First Public Meeting

The first public meeting took place on February 21st at 3:00 PM at the Jerry Hammond Center located at 1111 East Broad Street. The recording of this meeting is available to be viewed here.

Public Input Survey

Even if you are able to attend any of our in-person meetings, please fill out this survey to share your thoughts and prioritize the goals of the plan.


City of Columbus HUD PRO Housing Grant Application

City Of Columbus HUB PRO Housing Grant Application(PDF, 1MB)

HOME-ARP Allocation Plan

The City of Columbus has created a plan to allocate over 16 million dollars of U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development HOME-ARP grant funds to be invested in homelessness prevention services and affordable housing development over the next several years. The HOME-ARP Allocation Plan can be found here: City of Columbus HOME-ARP Allocation Plan(PDF, 2MB)


Project Highlights

Change in Columbus: 5 Impactful HUD-Funded Projects

Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plans, and Substantial Amendments

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