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.

The Community Development Fund (CDF) awards grants to communities throughout the Commonwealth.  This program helps eligible cities and towns to meet a broad range of community development needs in housing, infrastructure, revitalization, economic development and public social services.  It supports CDBG eligible activities and encourages applicants to develop coordinated, integrated and creative solutions to local problems. 

MINI-ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM

Municipalities were selected to be Mini-Entitlement communities through on a formula calculation based on a 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
  • 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 Fund 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 via this website. 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, and, if funded, have an 18-month implementation timeline.

Funding Limits

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

Information, Guides, and Reports

General Information

FY 2019 Information

2019 CDBG Application Training

2019 CDBG Proposed changes


Public Information Session FY 19 CDBG Proposed Changes

FY 2018 Information

FY2018 CDBG Award List

2018 CDBG Action Plan

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

CDBG Affordable Rent Schedule

Conflict of Interest Informational Memo

HUD Guidebook to State CDBG Programs

HUD Income Limits

HUD Income Limit Area Definitions

Lead Based Paint Compliance

Procurement of Services from CDCs

Procurement of a Social Services


Environmental Review

Chapter 10 Environmental Review

Statutory Checklist Guide

 Environmental Assessment Checklist

 Statutory Checklist

Grant Management Information/Procedures

Chapter 3 Grant Management

Chapter 11 Financial Management

Fiscal Monitoring Checklist

GMS CGMM Training

Grantee Close Out Procedures

Performance Measures Memo

Program Monitoring Packet

QPRs, Extensions, Amendments

Model Forms

Professional Service Contract

Single Case Waiver Review Form

Additional Reference Material

Procurement Charts (2018)

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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