Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has opened the first round of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) of 2018.The following programs are accepting applications in this round:Main Street Revitalization Program;Public Facilities Program;Stormwater Improvements Program; andWastewater/Drinking Water Program.The complete application, which includes the instructions, proposal/application template and sample documents can be found online here. A webinar on round one will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m., (EST), and can be accessed here.CDBG round one proposals are being accepted until Friday, May 25 at 4 p.m., (EST). Final applications are due by Friday, July 20 at 4 p.m., (EST) with funding awards announced on Thursday, August 16.OCRA recently announced nearly $11 million awarded to 21 rural Hoosier communities in the final round of 2017 CDBG grant funding. A copy of that announcement can be found here.Funding for all of the programs comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by OCRA. The state of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects like: improving infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements and economic development.For further information on these programs, please contact the assigned Community Liaison for your region.