U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Block Development Grant

Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization, Economic Development, Food Retailers
Policy type

The Community Block Development Grant (CBDG) program provides flexible funding for communities to improve affordable housing efforts and create viable economic opportunities, mainly for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The program has three national objectives: (1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons, (2) prevent or eliminate slums or blight, and (3) address urgent community development need because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and other financial resources are not available. Grantees must also prepare a plan for citizen participation. CBDG funds can potentially be used for healthy food retail activities that support businesses which mainly service low- to moderate-income persons.

Relationship to food access, food insecurity, or local food economies

Some cities have used CBDGs to specifically fund healthy food retail projects for small businesses (NPLAN 2015), while several other local governments have reported using these funds to support food systems activities (ICMA & CRFS 2015). Such projects may include façade improvements and renovation activities for corner stores.

Scale of Governance
Michigan Good Food Charter Priority

Priority 4 – Support new or existing grocery stores


ICMA & CRFS (International City/County Management Association and Michigan State
University Center for Regional Food Systems). (2015). Retrieved on August 6, 2015 from LINK.

NPLAN (National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity). (May 2015). Oakland, CA: ChangeLab Solutions. Retrieved on September 14, 2016 from LINK.