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community development block grant (CDBG)  

CDBG Overview

Thurston County has been designated an Urban County for the Federal CDBG Program. As the lead entity for this effort the County, in a partnership with Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Bucoda, receives federal funding to be used to serve low-income individuals and families in the county outside of the City of Olympia. Olympia operates as a separate entitlement program for CDBG resources. CDBG can fund a variety of programs including affordable housing, public facilities, public services, and economic development activities.

Who can apply for funds?

In the Urban County program, CDBG funds are made available on a rotating basis between the City of Lacey, City of Tumwater, and Thurston County including the Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Bucoda. Each year the funding is provided for activities that serve the designated area.

In 2015, funding will serve City of Tumwater or Urban County residents.

Funding eligibility

In order to be eligible for CDBG funding, a project must meet one of three National Objectives: 

> Must benefit low- and moderate-income persons
> Must prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or
  > Must address an existing and urgent community development need that poses a serious and immediate threat to health or welfare of the community

Projects Funded in 2014 that Served Rural County Residents

  • Community Youth Services Rehab of 3 houses
  • Homes First! Acquisition of 2 rental units
  •  Housing Authority of Thurston County Acquisition of an 8-plex building
  • South Puget Sound Community College Public Service, Vets Education
  • Community Action Council (Monarch) Public Service, Abused Children

Projects Funded in 2013

  • City of Tenino - Sidewalks
  • Town of Bucoda - Water System
  • City of Yelm Skate Park



  • Thomas Webster
  • 360-867-2531 or Email
request for proposals
  • None at this time

This page last updated: 01/28/22