Community Development Block Grant

A Federal Grant Program

The Administration, Planning, and Finance Departments manage the Town of Normal’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This federal grant program is made available for select cities, referred to by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as "Entitlement Communities," to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families and neighborhoods.  

Learn more about Community Development Block Grants on the McLean County Regional Planning Commission's website.

Proposed Program Year 2020-2021 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) Full Report

As an Entitlement Community receiving annual grants on a formula basis from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Town of Normal is required to craft and submit a year-end report, known as a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report or CAPER, to HUD upon the conclusion of each Program (Fiscal) Year. The CAPER offers both a summary of program accomplishments and projects funded with federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars and an assessment of progress toward meeting the priority needs and objectives identified in an Entitlement Community’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan. 

The CAPER for Program Year 2020-2021 details expenditures and activities carried out with the help of CDBG funds between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, the first year of the Town’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. The 2020-2021 CAPER will be available for public review on the Town’s website,, and at Town Clerk’s Office and the Normal Public Library during regular business hours, for a period of 15 days beginning Thursday, July 15, 2021. 

A public hearing will be held to solicit comments on the 2020-2021 CAPER on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm. Due to pandemic restrictions on public gatherings, the hearing will take place virtually over Zoom and no in-person public comments will be accepted. The hearing will be live streamed on YouTube at 

Those wishing to provide comment at the public hearing should register in advance by contacting the Community Development Specialist at or (309) 454-9766 prior to 5:20 pm on July 15, 2021. Once registered, commenters will receive the meeting call-in number and ID, along with instruction on how to join the virtual meeting.

Participation of all residents, including but not limited to non-English speaking and physically-, visually- and hearing-impaired individuals, is strongly encouraged.  Requests for accommodations must be made at least 5-days prior to the public hearing date.

Written public comments on the CAPER will be accepted Thursday, July 15, 2021 through noon on Friday, July 30, 2021. Written comments should be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office on the second floor of Uptown Station (11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL 61761). 

Proposed Program Year 2021-2022 Action Plan

As an Entitlement Community receiving annual grants on a formula basis from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Town of Normal is required to craft and adopt an annual Action Plan detailing the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the coming program year. The 2021-2022 Action Plan describes CDBG-funded projects and activities proposed for the period between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. This will be the second year of the Town’s current five-year Consolidated Plan.

The Town’s annual entitlement grant for program year 2021-2022 will be $441,690. In addition to the entitlement grant, the Town expects to have $2,000 in program income and roughly $297,890 in carryover funds from prior program years. Additionally, in Program Year 2021-2022, the Town will have $453,861 in remaining CDBG-CV (Coronavirus) funds to put toward its COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program. The 2021-2022 Action Plan was prepared in accordance with regulations established by HUD for CDBG entitlement communities. 

Review the proposed 2021-2022 Action Plan. A hard copy of the proposed plan is also available at the Town Clerk's Office on the 2nd Floor of Uptown Station (11 Uptown Circle) or at the main desk of the Normal Public Library at 206 W College Avenue.

Public Participation

The Annual Action Plan was approved by the Town Council on Monday, May 3, 2021, following a period of public comment. The next public process will be the submittal of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report in July 2021. Details of the public comment process will be posted online and advertised. 

Questions pertaining to this process should be submitted as follows: Town of Normal, Attn: Jennifer Toney, Community Development Specialist, P.O. Box 589, Normal, IL 61761 or Email Jennifer Toney.