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 . 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.
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.
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 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 for all CDBG components are outlined in the One Year Plan.
FY 2017 Information
Application Technical Assistance Guides
2017 CDBG Start Up Training file size 4MB
Additional Program Information
Additional Reference Material
Designing and Constructing Public Facilities file size 1MB