Eligible communities and agencies invited to apply for CDBG and ESG COVID-19 Funds

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Planning & Community Development Department • Government Services Center

320 West Second Street, Suite 301 • Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 725-5000 • Toll Free in Minnesota: 1 (800) 450-9777  



Matthew Johnson





June 2, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Johnson

Director, Planning & Community Development Department



Eligible communities and agencies invited to apply for CDBG and ESG COVID-19 Funds

St. Louis County is receiving a special 2020 allocation of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. As an entitlement entity for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding, St. Louis County has been notified of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding awards of $1,164,632 in CDBG-CV and $578,797 in ESG-CV.


Eligible communities and agencies are invited to apply for these special COVID-19 funds. Project applications must be received by June 22, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Additional information, including application forms, are available online at: stlouiscountymn.gov/community-development.


Use of the CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding for activities is subject to the existing federal regulations for each program but must also address planning for, responding to, or preventing the coronavirus and can be applied for by eligible communities and agencies within St. Louis County, excluding the city of Duluth. The city of Duluth will separately receive CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding.


Public input received from a recent county survey conducted April 29-May 22, generated 386 responses and will be used to help identify needs and award funds to communities and agencies in response to COVID-19. Strong stakeholder outreach also helped identify COVID-19 related needs.


Applications and questions may be submitted electronically to: CommunityDevelopmentinfo@stlouiscountymn.gov or call 218-749-7103.