Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) &

Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs

Dane County
Office of Economic & Workforce Development

Welcome! Dane County CDBG and HOME; Office of Economic and Workforce Development

Dane County receives annual funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under two programs:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

These programs allow Dane County to provide financial assistance to sub-recipients (businesses, organizations, agencies, and municipalities) for housing and community development activities that benefit primarily low- and moderate-income residents of the County.  Funds are distributed as grants to sub-recipients through an annual competitive application process.  The County’s CDBG-Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) provide gap financing to businesses that create jobs for low- and moderate-income persons.


The 2020 funding cycle is now closed.    

At their July 30, 2019 meeting, the CDBG Commission made their preliminary funding recommendations for 2020 CDBG and HOME projects.  A Public Hearing to review the proposed 2020 Funding Recommendations will be held at the Dane County CDBG Commission meeting on:

September 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Madison College- Traux Campus
Room D1630- Cafe Annex
3550 Anderson Street, Madison, WI 53704

To view a copy of the Public Notice, including the proposed funding recommendations, CLICK HERE.

Comments on the proposed funding recommendations may be made orally or in writing at the public hearing, or may be submitted through the Comments Page.  All written comments received by Noon on September 24, 2019 will be presented to the Commission at the public hearing that evening.

NEW!  Micro-business loan (MBL) program
Dane County's MBL program provides loans of $1,500 to $8,000 to eligible small businesses (businesses with 5 or fewer employees) located in Dane County outside the City of Madison for the purpose of establishing a new business or creating jobs for low- and moderate-income (LMI) County residents.  Please visit the MBL page for more information.

Business Loan Program
Applications for our Business Loan funds are accepted on a rolling basis.  Please visit the Revolving Loan Fund page for more details.

We want your feedback!
Do you have a comment on an upcoming agenda item or a question for staff?  Submit your comments or questions online through our Comments page.

Dane County CDBG/HOME funds must be used to benefit persons living in Dane County outside the City of Madison.  Applicants with funding requests for projects in the City of Madison should contact the City of Madison CDBG Office or visit the Madison CDBG webpage for more information at

A list of the communities that participate in the Urban County Consortium can be found here.

Grant Programs

Dane County CDBG and HOMECDBG is authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 . CDBG is one of HUD's programs which provides eligible metropolitan cities and urban counties (called "entitlement communities") with annual direct grants that they can use to provide decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. Dane County became an entitlement community in 1999 and annually receives approximately $1 million in CDBG funds.


Dane County CDBG and HOMEHOME is authorized under Title II of the Crantson-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.  HOME provides grant and loan funding to create affordable housing for low-income individuals. HOME activities undertaken must accomplish at least one of two goals for low-income individuals; 1) provide decent housing and/or 2) provide suitable living environments.  Dane County is required to set aside a minimum of 15% of its HOME funds for CHDOs. A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a certified, non-profit, community based service consortium that has, or intends to retain staff for the purpose of developing affordable housing in the community it serves.  Dane County has been allocated HOME funding since 2002 and annual receives approximately $400,000 in HOME funds.


Loan Programs

CDBG Revolving Loan Fund
Dane County offers low-interest loans to businesses and organizations located outside of Madison that commit to creating or retaining jobs for low- and moderate- income residents of Dane County.  CDBG loans are generally intended for high-risk borrowers that have difficulty securing financing from non-federal sources.  Loans must be used for eligible CDBG activities, including (but not limited to): fixed assets; machinery and equipment; and working capital.

About the Programs

The CDBG and HOME programs are housed in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development of the Dane County Executive’s Office. The Office works through community-based groups on projects to strengthen communities and to expand opportunities for low- and moderate-income households throughout Dane County (outside of Madison). The Office invests in community-based groups that forward the priorities to:

  • Create decent, affordable housing
  • Create suitable living environments
  • Expand economic opportunities

The 13-member Dane County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commission provides oversight for the CDBG and HOME programs. The Commission is charged with addressing policy issues related to housing and community development and with recommending eligible projects, activities, and contracts to the County Board of Supervisors and County Executive.

To receive its annual entitlement grants, Dane County must develop and submit to HUD it’s Consolidated Plan which guides the County in describing the housing and community development needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities over a 5-year span. The Consolidated Plan must be developed with extensive citizen participation as outlined in the Citizen Participation Plan. The Citizen Participation Plan provides for and encourages public participation, emphasizing involvement by low- and moderate-income people. Dane County also encourages participation of minorities, people who do not speak English, and people with disabilities.