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Since 1994, the State of Indiana has required formal certification of all persons administering Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects in Indiana. The information below outlines the certification process and explains how to become certified.
The CDBG certification process has been established for the following reasons:
• This program involves complex administrative and financial procedures regulated by federal and state policies. Knowledge of the applicable regulations and policies is essential to achieve a high level of efficiency in the oversight of grant awards. The needs of the constituents are more adequately met.
• Certification is like an insurance policy that protects grantees from unnecessary monitoring findings due to inexperienced administrators.
Complete Certification Policy
CDBG 101: BASIC COURSE
This course is the first step to becoming a CDBG certified grant administrator. City, town, county elected officials and others interested in learning more about CDBG are also welcome at this course.
Three day training course and half day test typically offered in spring months.
CONDITIONAL GRANT ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION COURSES
Designed for each person interested in becoming a “Conditional” Certified Grant Administrator. Required are both of the following one day classes covering this subject matter:
• Financial Management, Recordkeeping and Grant Closeout– 8 Hours
• Procurement, Contract Development and Civil Rights – 8 Hours
Prerequisite: CDBG 101
Completion of these courses with passing test grades in addition to successful completion of the CDBG 101 Basic Course will earn a “Conditional” Grant Administrator Certification, which allows the recipient to provide grant administration services for Planning Grants only.
ACCREDITED CERTIFICATION COURSE
For persons who have earned a Certificate of Completion from the Basic Course, CDBG 101, the classes listed above for Conditional Certification and the following classes must be completed within 2 years of obtaining the Certificate of Completion:
• Acquisition and Environmental Review – 8 Hours
• Labor Standards – 8 Hours
• Income Survey – 4 Hours
Prerequisite: CDBG 101
Completion of these courses with passing test grades in addition to the CDBG 101 Basic Course Certificate of Completion allows the recipient to provide grant administration services on all types of CDBG projects.
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
The Accredited Grant Administration Course certification is effective for two years. During that time, at least 12 hours of continuing education must be earned in order to maintain accredited status for an additional two years.
MASTER LEVEL GRANT ADMINISTRATOR
After five years of active involvement with CDBG grants though the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, an Accredited Grant Administrator may apply for the Master Level Designation. To be considered for the Master Level Designation, the grant administrator must successfully manage many complex types of CDBG projects. To submit a summary of qualifications or for questions, please contact the Office of Community and Rural Affairs at (800) 824-2476.
What is a CDBG Certified Grant Administrator?
CDBG Certified Grant Administrators administer grants funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant Program, which is part of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on behalf of cities, towns and counties. The Grant Administrator serves as the liaison between the funded community and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and is an expert on the CDBG grant process and federal guidelines.
What types of grants does the CDBG program fund?
CDBG funding is used for infrastructure such as sewer, waste, and drinking water, emergency services such as fire/EMS stations, downtown revitalization, community facilities, strategic planning and community master plans, housing, and other projects which benefit communities.
What if I already have grant writing experience?
This is NOT a general grant writing course. This certifications prepares participants to administer a CDBG grant after it has been funded by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Any information about preparing applications is specific to CDBG grants only.
How do I learn more?
Please contact the OCRA Director of Grant Services at (800) 824-2476.