Community Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Division administers the CDBG program for the residents of Bowling Green. The Community Development Block Grant is provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds are used to implement and develop community development and/or housing opportunities to benefit low and moderate income individuals or neighborhoods. Funds are used for housing activities, public services, public facilities, public improvements and economic development.

Public participation is an integral part of the planning process for both the Five-year Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan. Public hearings are advertised and held to ensure the public has an opportunity to provide input and comments.

The City of Bowling Green is an Entitlement Community and receives Community Development Block Grant Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Questions about the block grant program can be directed to the Community Development Administrator at 419-354-6220.

  1. Plans & Reports
  2. Seeking Program Assistance

Five-Year Consolidated Plan

The Five-year Consolidated Plan's purpose is to serve as a planning guide for community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development and providing improved community facilities and services. Maximum priority is given to low to moderate-income persons and neighborhoods.

For more information, view the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to 2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Amended FY 2020 Annual Action Plan (PDF).

Annual Action Plan

The Annual Action Plan serves as the planning document for addressing overall community development and housing needs that will utilize the annual entitlement of CDBG funding available to the City for the specific 12 month period (September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023 for the 2022 Amended Plan, and September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2023, for the 2023 Proposed Action Plan).

2023 Action Plan – Proposed (PDF)

2022 Action Plan – Proposed May Amendments (PDF)

2022 Action Plan – February Amendments (PDF)

2022 Action Plan – Approved (PDF)


COMMENTS: Email, written or person-to-person comments which will be transcribed are being accepted on the Proposed 2023 Action Plan through June 20, 2023 at 4:30pm.

All Community Development Block Grant activities address the housing, job and non-housing community development needs of low-income citizens. Housing needs include emergency housing repairs, transitional housing for the homeless and rental housing rehabilitation. Non-housing community development needs include public facilities, public services, economic development, and public improvements.

Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The CAPER reviews the goals identified in the Annual Action Plan and examines and summarizes the City's accomplishments in a number of areas toward those goals over the past fiscal year.

FY 2021 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) (PDF) details the projects and activities supported through HUD's Community Development Block Grant funds for the period September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022. 

Unlawful Discrimination Prohibited

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development prohibits unlawful discrimination in federally assisted programs based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.