CDBG-CV: Coronavirus Response Funding

Overview

The City of Billings was awarded Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding (CDBG-CV) to support coronavirus response for low-income individuals and families in Billings. The City is required to coordinate with state and local health authorities before undertaking any activity to support state or local pandemic response. 

CDBG-CV Activities must:

  • Exclusively prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (i.e., SARS-CoV-2 or another coronavirus with pandemic potential).
  • Primarily benefit low-income individuals and families in Billings. Extensive documentation relative to the impact of pandemic response activities for low-income beneficiaries, including complete demographics, is required.
  • Avoid duplication of other local, state, or federal service or support to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.

Activity Types: 

  • Public Facility Improvements: Handwashing stations, public restrooms improvements, infrastructure, accessibility, small-scale rehabilitation, public facility systems, rehabilitation for social distancing, touchless / nonporous surfacing, etc.  Please note: organizations interested in housing projects must apply through the Affordable Housing Development program: www.BillingsMT.gov/chdo
  • Public Service Activities: Rent, mental health care, meal distribution, mortgage payments, internet access, utility assistance, childcare, client remote access, vaccination activities, virtual service ability, exposure prevention - staff training, additional cleaning, unmet hospital / public health needs, FEMA match, etc.

CDBG-CV Application Process

Public service awards up to $15,000: Organizations expanding social services to meet the needs of those impacted by the coronavirus may apply through a fast-tracked application posted online at www.BillingsMT.gov/CDBGcvFAST. This process will be in place, without a set deadline, until all of the $150,000 in allocated funds have been awarded. 

Public facility and public service activities over $15,000: Online CDBG-CV applications for public service awards over $15,000 and public facility awards (any amount) were available from Friday, December 10, 2021 and must have be submitted by Friday, January 28, 2022. Please click here for a list of applications received by the deadline.

Prior Awards: In 2021, the following awards were approved by the City Council: The Salvation Army - $55,000 for food delivery, food boxes, etc.; and Downtown Billings Business Improvement District - $117,715 for a new public handwashing station / restroom. 

Housing Development

Organizations seeking funding for housing development should refer to the Affordable Housing Development program to request a CDBG or HOME funding allocation at www.BillingsMT.gov/chdo.