Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Division is responsible for the administration of the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Serving as a catalyst for development in the City's neighborhoods, this program distributes grants for a wide range of projects which address the housing, economic, and human service needs of low and moderate income residents and neighborhoods.

  • To receive Community Development Division mailings, applications, and notices, please contact Dana Deresh, Fiscal and Contracting Supervisor at 412-255-2665.

The City of Pittsburgh Community Development Division is currently revising and updating the Community Development Block Grant application process for 2020 to be more in sync with the timing and availability of federal funds. In addition, we anticipate creating an online application portal that will provide greater transparency and access for qualified organizations interested in applying for federal funds. We anticipate the new application will be available online February 2020. 

As in past funding cycles, applicants must represent an incorporated entity providing eligible services to low and moderate-income residents of the City of Pittsburgh. Examples of eligible activities include the following: public services to low and moderate-income residents, the handicapped and elderly; rehabilitation or construction of a public facility serving a Community Development Block Grant eligible neighborhood or clientele; housing related activities; economic development activities, etc.

In addition, an applicant should meet certain organizational standards to be eligible for these funds: minimum of two years in existence; (501)c3 incorporated non-profit with a Board of Directors and written by­ laws; City of Pittsburgh-based or services to City residents; have a legitimate office with an address; show evidence of fiscal management capacity; have a federal tax identification number; possess a nine-digit Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number; have no outstanding financial liabilities with the City of Pittsburgh or demonstrate an approved payment plan.

Please check this site regularly for updates and notifications. A Community Development Block Grant program training for potential applicants will be conducted in January 2020.

For more information contact:

Jerry Cafardi
Community Development Program Manager


Construction, Improvements, and Labor Compliance

Community Development Block Grants funds are also used to make improvements and to construct public facilities:

  • Water and sewer facilities
  • Streets
  • Neighborhood centers
  • Recreational improvements.

The Community Development Administration Department is responsible for oversight of federal labor laws and regulations.

For Labor Compliance issues and questions related to construction and improvements, please contact:

Labor Compliance Officer - Kelly Russell