Community Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding applications for Public Service Activities are available.

Click here to download the application.

Return the application and all supporting documents by Friday, Feb. 2, 2024.

A Grant Application Workshop will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at 11 a.m. CST at the Gadsden-Etowah IDA, 99 E Chestnut St., Gadsden (at the Venue2) to offer more details to first-time applicants and people who wish to improve their organization's grant proposal.

Services & Responsibilities

The Community Development Department is committed to improving the community by providing decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for those persons of low to moderate income. 


Oversight and management of Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and its related activities.

Promoting economic opportunities for the residents of the City of Gadsden

Coordinating activities and education relating to the Fair Housing Act

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program 

The CDBG program is an important tool for allowing the City of Gadsden to tackle serious challenges facing the community, and providing the means to improve the quality of life. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards CDBG funds to entitlement communities to carry out a wide range of activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, providing decent affordable housing, providing improved community facilities and services, and economic development. Activities must meet one of three national objectives: 

  • Benefiting low to moderate income persons

  • Elimination of slum or blight

  • Meet an urgent community need

 Housing Assistance Program

Pre-applications are being accepted. If you have any questions or you have a life or health safety issue, please call us at 256-549-4532.