Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

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.

Information, Guides, and Reports

General Information

FY 2017 CDBG Award List

FY 2018 CDBG Application Training

Draft 2018 CDBG One Year plan


FY 2018 Information

CDBG On-Line Application

LMI Score 2018 CDBG Application

CDBG FY 2018 Application Guidance

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C 
Appendix D E
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix H
Appendix I
Appendix J
Appendix K
Appendix L

Application Technical Assistance Guides

Housing Rehabilitation

Infrastructure & Public Facilities

Public Social Services

Architectural Barrier Removal


Additional Program Information

HUD Guidebook to State CDBG Programs

HUD Income Limits

HUD Income Limit Area Definitions

CDBG Affordable Rent Schedule

Procurement of Services from CDCs

Conflict of Interest Informational Memo

Procurement of a Social Services

Environmental Review

Statutory Checklist Guide

 Environmental Assessment Checklist

 Statutory Checklist


Additional Reference Material

Designing/Constructing Public Facilities

Chapter 30B Procurement Manual


Fiscal Reporting Forms

Appendix 2 Chapter 5 Monitoring Forms

Budget and Program Revision Forms


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