To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a unit of local government or consortia shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including a plan of the unit of local government to carry out an activity described in section 17154 of this title.
42 U.S. Code § 17156 - Competitive grants
(a) In generalOf the total amount made available for each fiscal year to carry out this part, the Secretary shall use not less than 2 percent to provide grants under this section, on a competitive basis, to—
units of local government (including Indian tribes) that are not eligible entities; and
(c) PriorityIn providing grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to units of local government—
located in States with populations of less than 2,000,000; or