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 E. Johnson





February 22, 2022

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 has additional federal funds to distribute to communities and organizations involved in efforts to plan for, respond to, or prevent spread of COVID-19.


The funds come from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which included a total of $2 trillion in economic relief intended to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.


St. Louis County received allocations of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The St. Louis County area of CARES funding eligibility is all of St. Louis County outside the Duluth city limits. Duluth also received CARES Act allocations.


Two previous public processes awarded most of the CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding. Remaining funding estimated at $250,000 for CDBG-CV and $415,000 for ESG-CV will be awarded through a third public process. Use of the CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding for activities is subject to the existing federal regulations but must also address planning for, responding to, or preventing the coronavirus. Communities and agencies within St. Louis County, outside Duluth, may apply.


Project applications will be accepted beginning February 25 and must be received by March 25 at 4:30 p.m. Application forms are available on the Planning and Community Development Department’s website under CDBG and ESG webpages at: stlouiscountymn.gov/community-development.


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