Congress created the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in 1974 to help low and moderate income families, prevent and eliminate slum or blight and address other urgent community development needs. Eligible activities under the CDBG program include the construction of water and wastewater systems, child care facilities, senior citizen centers, public health facilities, multi-purpose community centers, fire protection improvements and economic development pursuits whose primary focus is the creation of jobs for low and moderate income families.
The Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP) is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the state of Arkansas. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission administers the small cities CDBG program under a grant agreement between the state of Arkansas and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Priorities for spending the CDBG funds are set in partnership with the other state agencies that receive HUD funds under a five-year consolidated plan, which is updated on an annual basis.