COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)


CDBG Week is April 22 - 26!

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(April 22-26) In celebration of National Community Development Week April 22 - 26, 2019, the City of Portland and its partner organizations invite the media and public to attend a series of site tours around Portland. The tours will offer an inside look into the partner organization’s operations, highlighting the positive impacts of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds in the Portland community. 

CD Week also provides a chance for the public to learn more about local priorities and how these funds are utilized to address goals such as providing safe and affordable housing, economic opportunities, and services to prevent and reduce homelessness. This is also a great time for Portland residents to voice their feedback about local funding priorities and where they see a need for community building. 

We hope you will join us and recognizing the many contributions that local agencies are making in our community, and invite you to attend any of the events. 

Click here for a Schedule of Events

RSVP to Site Tours

The Housing and Community Development Division wants to hear from you! Every year the City of Portland receives federal grant funds to be used for housing and community development. We are looking for input from Portlanders on what categories they feel this money will be best spent. Please fill out a quick survey, the results from this survey will inform the next 5 years of funding!

Consolidated Plan Survey

Throughout Community Development Week, each day we will post information about grant subrecipients to share the impacts that their programs are making with funding. Please click the links below to learn more about their stories:

Community Development Week Spotlight

MONDAY (4/22)TUESDAY (4/23)WEDNESDAY (4/24)THURSDAY (4/25)FRIDAY (4/26)
AmistadMilestone RecoveryCatherine MorrillCatholic Charities & ILAP
Wayside Foods




(2/15/19) The CDBG Allocation Committee has finalized their 2019-20 funding recommendations and are now available. The Committee's recommendation letter will be posted March 1st. The letter will provide an overview about their recommendations and review process this year. 

Applicants have until February 25th to submit any written appeals based on factual error that was made and that, if corrected, would result in a grant award or a higher award. Appeals shall be filed in the: Office of the City Manager, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Please see the following link to view the scores and recommendation letter: 
1) Program Year 2019-20 CDBG Allocation Committee Funding Recommendation Scores
2) Program Year 2019-20 CDBG Allocation Committee Funding Recommendation Letter to City Manager

(3/8/19) The City Manager has finalized his 2019-20 funding recommendations and are now available. The Council will review the recommendations and take public comment at two meetings
March 18, Council Chambers at 5:30 
April 22, Council Chambers at 5:30 
Please see the following link to view the recommendations 
City Manager's 2019-2020 CDBG Allocation Recommendations

(4/23/19) The City Council made their final vote regarding CDBG allocations last night. The funding allocations are available to view. Congratulations to all that were funded and thank you to all applicants for your interest in CDBG. We hope to see you back at the next application cycle. 
City Council 2019-2020 CDBG Allocation

About Community Development Block Grants


The City of Portland, Maine is an Entitlement Community for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the federal Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

The goal of the CDBG program is to develop strong communities by ensuring decent affordable housing, providing services to the most vulnerable, and expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons.

The program achieves this goal through the development of partnerships between government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Goals and Priorities


The City will prioritizes the following categories of projects/programs in its funding decisions:
  • Neighborhood Investment and Infrastructure: Create strong, safe, accessible and vibrant neighborhoods
  • Housing Availability: Increase housing availability and affordability
  • Economic Opportunity: Create economic opportunities to transition people out of poverty
  • Address the Needs of the Growing Homeless Population: Prevent and reduce homelessness
A full description of the new Community Development Policy Goals and Priorities can be found in the Needs-Goals-Priorities Table

Final Allocations


2019-2020 CDBG Allocation
View All Final Allocations


History of CDBG Priorities & Process