Combining Resources

Funding for the planning and implementation of development projects frequently involves combining state resources/programs and other resources/programs, (e.g., federal, foundation, other private).


Many development projects pursued by cities and towns involve public/private partnerships among a municipality, the Commonwealth and developer(s).

Program Eligibility Requirements

Most programs have specific eligibility requirements and limitations on the use of funds. For example, cities and towns seeking a CDAG grant must provide matching local and private funding.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The following DHCD Programs are limited to cities and towns with a population under 50,000 and that do not receive Community Development Block Grant funds directly from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).



The following information is a brief description of the CDBG Program and a list of communities that receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), a program of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), funds local community development activities, such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs and infrastructure development.

CDBG funds are allocated to local and state governments on a formula basis. Larger cities and towns (called entitlement communities and, generally, with populations over 50,000) receive CDBG funds directly from HUD. HUD requires the Commonwealth and all entitlement communities to prepare and submit a five-year "Consolidated Plan" that establishes goals for the use of CDBG funds that are consistent with the following national objectives for CDBG:


  • Activities that benefit a majority of low- and moderate-income people
  • Prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or
  • Other community development activities to address an urgent community development need

Massachusetts municipalities with populations under 50,000 (non-entitlement communities) that do not receive CDBG funds directly from HUD are eligible for CDBG funding through DHCD's Mass CDBG Program.

The following communities are CDBG entitlement communities and receive funding directly from HUD. If your community is not on this list, your city or town is eligible to apply for Mass CDBG funds.



Fall RiverNew BedfordWestfield




DHCD Community Services at 617-573-1400