Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible federal grant program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. First enacted in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs administerd by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to over 1,200 local governments and States.

2012 Recipients

The following groups received CBDG funding in fiscial year 2012-2013:

Art in Motion

Bethlehem Community Center

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Butterfly Foundation

Christmas In Action


Drug Court

Safe Homes-Rape Crisis

South Carolina Legal Services

Upstate Homeless

Urban League of the Upstate


  • $24,352 will be used to fund the Spartanburg Alcohol and Drug Court organization which will provides at least thirty (30) clients with preventive treatments relating to their alcohol and /or other drug addictions.
  • $5,385 will provide partial funding for the various arts programs offered by C.O.L.O.R.S. who accommodate over 85 low-income students each year.  Some classes are held in the city’s recreational facilities.
  • $5,098 will be used to support an after-school program for center city, low-income children, ages 5 through 13, in their neighborhood provided by the Bethlehem Community Center as well as a Thrift Store for the whole community.
  • $4,638 will continue supporting the adult mentoring programs through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization for the benefit of 183 low–to–moderate income and at-risk boys and girls.
  • $2,550 will fund the Butterfly Foundation which provides job training skills in the foodservice industry.  The Culinary Job Training program will provide training for a total of twenty-four (24) students.   
  • $3,653 will help provide free legal services and assistance to over 1,000 income eligible clients from SC Legal Services.
  • $3,247 will be used by the Urban League of the Upstate to assist twenty-five (25) residents with economic development opportunities, financial, educational, and post-purchase homeownership workshops and counseling services to help reduce foreclosure rates.
  • $2,117 will help underwrite Art In Motion’s quality arts education programs for over seventy-five (75) kids to learn; integrated dance, visual art, and music lessons to at-risk youth during the summer months.  They too use the city’s recreational facilities as well as Housing Authority sites.
  • $5,100 will be used to support the Upstate Homeless Coalition who provide at least three (3) transitional housing to many of Spartanburg’s homeless families and develop affordable housing for persons at or below 60% of AMI.
  • $5,950 will benefit the services of the Safe Homes – Rape Crisis which operates a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children, averaging fifty-four (54) clients a year.  The shelter provides emergency shelter, transitional living apartments, a 24-hour crisis hot line, crisis counseling, and other homeless outreach initiatives.
  • $15,300 will be used to further Christmas In Action’s two (2) Rebuilding Day events each year which within the City’s limits to income eligible and age qualified homeowners
  • $10,200 is to be used by Christmas In Action administrative expenses associated with the delivery of gathering supplies, coordinating volunteers and administering the oversight to accomplish the delivery of needed repairs where maintenance has been severely deferred to income eligible and age qualified homeowners within the city of Spartanburg, resulting in at least twelve (12) emergency repairs 

Homeownership Assistance  

Credit Counseling

  • $48,000 of CDBG funds will be provided to the Homeownership Resource Center.  The HRC will provide credit-counseling services to approximately 173 families. The program will create affordable housing opportunities for low- to moderate income families, elderly, and disabled residents of Spartanburg.

For More Information

For more information on the Community Development Block Grant Program see the HUD website. For more information on the city's allocation of CBDG funding, contact our Paralegal, Cathy Brown by email or by phone at (864) 562-4147