Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Down Payment Assistance Program


  • Denise Thomas
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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downpayment Assistance Program NOW OPEN

Are down payment and/or closing costs the only missing pieces to help you realize your dream of homeownership?

Many home buyers can afford a monthly mortgage payment but may not be able to pay all or a portion of the down payment and/or closing costs needed to purchase a home.

Eligible Very-Low (50% AMI) and Low (80% AMI)* Income applicants (2021 Income Limits) can receive assistance through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to pay these costs. The homebuyer must agree to reside in the home as their primary residence.

CDBG downpayment assistance will be provided as a second mortgage loan to purchase existing and newly constructed single family homes and condominiums.

PLEASE NOTE: This application is for Certified Lenders only. If you are an individual interested in this program, please contact one of our participating lenders. 

Click below to view brochures related to the program:
CDBG Downpayment Assistance brochure
Folleto de Asistencia para el Pago Inicial de CDBG Versión en Español

How do I Qualify?

  • Mobile homes are not eligible.
  • Homeowner must choose certified lender from Manatee County approved Lender list.
  • Be a Home Buyer who will own the property as your permanent residence within 30 days of closing on the property.
  • Total household income must not exceed Manatee County’s Very Low or Low income limits for the CDBG program.
  • Property must be located in unincorporated Manatee County.
  • Existing properties to be purchased must be inspected by Manatee County.
  • The total value of property (house and land) may not exceed the established levels per the maximum income limits as follows (Maximum Allowable Purchase Prices)
    • Very Low = $180,000
    • Low = $200,000
  • Property must pass an environmental assessment conducted by Manatee County staff.
  • Applicants must contribute $500 towards the purchase of the home.
  • Applicants must have obtained first mortgage financing approval and have an executed contract on property.
  • Applicants must complete one of Manatee County’s approved Homeownership Training Courses and receive a Certificate of Completion prior to closing.


Program ends when all funding for this program has been committed to CDBG eligible applicants.

How do I apply?

Certified lenders must access the web-based Neighborly software for submission of a Downpayment Assistance Application.  If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department Community Development Division, Phone: (941) 749-3029, Fax:  (941) 742-5848

Certified Lender List

Only those lenders on the Certified Lenders List have satisfactorily completed mandatory training may participate in the Downpayment Assistance Program. Click here to visit the 2021 Certified Lender List