The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is the principal federal program providing grants to states, cities and towns to devise neighborhood approaches that will improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities. CDBG is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Lee's Summit receives federal funds annually from this program to meet at least one of three National Objectives:
- Benefit low- to moderate-income individuals.
- Reduce slum and/or blight.
- Response to disaster relief.
Development Services is the administrative entity that applies, receives and provides oversight of CDBG funding for the City. While the City is the recipient of CDBG funds, it disburses much of its annual allocation to nonprofit organizations, called sub recipients, to undertake community development activities.