Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants for the Stellar Communities Designation Program must be a local unit of government (city or incorporated town) that is not located within a CDBG entitlement community. Communities that are not eligible to participate in the State CDBG program are ineligible for the Stellar Communities Designation Program. A local unit of government that resides in a MPO, must meet the eligibility requirements below: 

• If the community falls within an MPO’s Planning Area, they must have a letter of recommendation from the MPO for the proposed projects. 
• If the community falls within an MPO urbanized area, they must have approval from the MPO for the proposed projects. If selected, any funding for the proposed projects must be financed by the MPO. 

The local unit of government may subcontract with non-profit and/or for-profit entities to administer, design, develop, and/or implement Stellar projects.

For a list of Stellar Divisions, click here.