Community Development Program

Formerly known as the “Formula” program


Each year communities receive funds from the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Community Development program.  This program was established with the passage by Congress of Title I of the Community Development Act of 1974.  The CDBG program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides funds that are used for a variety of activities which primarily benefit low and moderate income residents of the community.


All CDBG funded activities must meet at least one of three national objectives:


1.    primarily benefit low and moderate income persons

2.    eliminate or prevent slums and blight

3.    meet other urgent local community development needs


Muskingum County, Ohio, receives an allotment of funds annually.  The County receives applications from local townships, villages and non-profit organizations beginning in January of each year.  The CDBG Coordinator reviews applications for compliance with CDBG requirements and presents applications to the Board of County Commissioners.


The Board of County Commissioners determines which projects will be applied for.  The grant application is prepared by the CDBG Coordinator and submitted to the State of Ohio before the deadline, which is typically in mid-June.


Projects that are eligible include (but are not limited to) water, sewer, handicap accessibility at public buildings, sidewalks, street improvements, parks, and community centers.  For a complete list of eligible projects, please contact the CBDG Coordinator.