Community Development Block Grants for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages (Indian Community Development Block Grant) (ICDBG)


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) provides flexible allocations of funding to local governments for a wide array of projects and programs in Native American and Alaska Native communities, including affordable housing, infrastructure improvements, provision of public services and economic development opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

HUD awards this funding to tribal and Alaska Native governments. Practitioners cannot apply directly for CDBG allocations, but tribal governments can subgrant these funds to nonprofits and for-profit businesses for eligible activities.


Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments).

Eligible subrecipients:

  • nonprofits including community based development organizations
  • certified community housing development organizations
  • SBA-approved Section 501 state development companies, Section 502 local development companies or SBA certified Section 503 companies
  • tribal based nonprofits
Role In Creative Placemaking

Tribal governments may award grants with this funding to subrecipients for a variety of activities including construction of housing, community facilities and infrastructure; economic development and job creation activities; provision of public services; and projects serving tribal youth – all of which may incorporate creative or cultural elements or contribute to a larger creative placemaking effort.




Multipurpose community center – Galena Village, Alaska

Tribal community center – Dry Creek Rancheria, California

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.