CDBG Information
CDBG Information

Community Development Block Grant Program - 40th Anniversary !

President Gerald Ford signed the Housing and Community Development Act in 1974, giving state and local leaders around the country a powerful new tool to help stimulate community development and job growth - the Community Development Block Grant Program.  Forty years later, CDBG remains the principal source of revenue for localities to use in identifying solutions to address physical, economic, and social deterioration in lower-income neighborhoods and communities.

In Massachusetts, the state CDBG program has distributed $237 million through more than 300 grants in the last seven years alone pdf format of CDBG Program Awards 2007 thru 2013
.  DHCD has administered the program for Massachusetts non-entitlement communities since 1982.

Highlights of the past seven years include:

•         44% of the 314 eligible Massachusetts communities have received CDBG assistance
•         321 grants awarded, average amount = $741,000
•         Average population of a Massachusetts CDBG-recipient community is 10,213
•         Over 3,000 units of housing rehabilitated
•         More than 300,000 linear feet of public infrastructure replaced or repaired
•         Accessibility barriers removed from buildings
•         Community facilities such as senior centers and playgrounds constructed

The Massachusetts CDBG program continues to assist the Commonwealth’s neediest, smaller communities.

Of Interest

General Information

FY2017 CDBG Application Training  docx format of FY2017 CDBG Application Training

Draft FY 2017 CDBG One Year Action Plan  docx format of Draft FY 2017 CDBG One Year Action Plan

FY2017 Changes to One Year Action Plan  docx format of FY2017 Changes to One Year Action Plan

Public Information Session FY17 CDBG Proposed Changes  docx format of Public Information Session FY17 CDBG Proposed Changes

CDBG FY 2017 Proposed Changes to One Year Action Plan  docx format of CDBG FY 2017 Proposed Changes to One Year Action Plan

CDS Approved List xlsx format of CDS Approved List

Program Description

Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally funded, competitive grant program designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. Assistance is provided to qualifying cities and towns for housing, community, and economic development projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or by revitalizing areas of slum or blight.

CDF I is for communities with high statistical indication of need.

CDF II is for communities that are not eligible for CDF I due to lower statistical need.

Mini-Entitlement is for communities that are designated by DHCD to receive an allocation of funds due to their high statistical indication of need, poverty rate and size.

Eligible Applicants

Municipalities with a population of under 50,000 that do not receive CDBG funds directly from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are eligible for CDBG funding. Communities may apply on behalf of a specific developer or property owner.

Eligible Activities

Eligible CDBG projects include but are not limited to housing rehabilitation or development, micro-enterprise or other business assistance, infrastructure, community/public facilities, public social services, planning, removal of architectural barriers to allow access by persons with disabilities, and downtown or area revitalization.

Applications can be submitted by individual communities or regionally by multiple communities with one lead community.

How to Apply

This Application Guidance package explains how to apply to the Community Development Funds I and II, and Mini-Entitlement Program, including information on what to submit, deadlines, special eligibility standards, and the application review processes. The CDBG online application and grant management system can be accessed in the OnLine Business section. First-time users need to contact the CDBG staff at DHCD (617-573-1100) prior to using the online system. Applications are accepted once per year for an 18-month project cycle.

Funding Limits

Funding limits for all CDBG components are outlined in the One Year Plan.


FY 2017 Information

CDBG On-Line Application

LMI Score 2017 CDBG Application  pdf format of LMI Score 2017 CDBG Application

CDBG FY 2017 Application Guidance  docx format of CDBG FY 2017 Application Guidance

Appendix A doc format of app-a.doc
Appendix B pdf format of S:\111\Application Guidance\app-b.pdf
Appendix C pdf format of S:\111\Application Guidance\app-c.pdf
Appendix D E doc format of app-d-e.doc
Appendix F doc format of app-f.doc
Appendix G doc format of app-g.doc
Appendix H doc format of app-h.doc
Appendix I doc format of app-i.doc
Appendix J doc format of app-j.doc
Appendix K doc format of app-k.doc
Appendix L doc format of app-l.doc


Application Technical Assistance Guides

2017 CDBG Start Up Training  pdf format of 2017 CDBG Start Up Training
file size 4MB

Housing Rehabilitation  pdf format of Housing Rehabilitation

Infrastructure & Public Facilities  pdf format of Infrastructure & Public Facilities

Public Social Services  pdf format of Public Social Services

Additional Program Information

HUD Guidebook to State CDBG Programs

HUD Income Limits

HUD Income Limit Area Definitions doc format of hud_income_def.doc

CDBG Affordable Rent Schedule pdf format of cdbg_aff_rent.pdf

Procurement of Services from CDCs doc format of procurementmemo.doc

Conflict of Interest Informational Memo pdf format of conflictofinterest.pdf

Procurement of a Social Services pdf format of socialservices.pdf

Environmental Review

Statutory Checklist Guide rtf format of statutorychecklistguide.rtf

 Environmental Assessment Checklist xls format of eac.xls

 Statutory Checklist doc format of statutorychecklist.doc


Additional Reference Material

Designing and Constructing Public Facilities pdf format of designmanual.pdf
file size 1MB

Chapter 30B Procurement Manual pdf format of 30bmanual.pdf


Fiscal Reporting Forms

Appendix 2 Chapter 5 Monitoring Forms doc format of cdbg_monitoring.doc

Budget and Program Revision Forms doc format of budget_program.doc