The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide-range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services. Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low and moderate-income persons. Grantees may also carry out activities, which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities not meeting these broad national objectives.
Entitlement status is a designation for local communities generally with a population over 50,000. The City of Lee's Summit was designated as an Entitlement Community under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in August 1994. With this designation, the City receives a grant on an annual basis contingent upon congressional approval of the federal budget.
Currently, the City’s CDBG program is implemented through a process where qualified agencies apply for these funds prior to the start of each program year for eligible projects and activities. There is a selection and fund allocation process to ensure funds are used to achieve community goals and objectives as established in the five-year Consolidated Plan. Diagram of the CDBG Process