Community Development

Community Development Block Grant Program

Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development disburses millions of dollars from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) to the State as well as selected cities and counties on an Entitlement basis for community and economic development projects.  In general, CDBG projects must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Benefit persons of low-moderate income
  • Benefit a neighborhood inhabited primarily by persons of low-moderate income
  • Create or retain jobs primarily for persons of low-moderate income
  • Eliminate slum/blight in designated neighborhoods and downtowns
  • Meet urgent needs that pose a serious threat to public health and welfare

Interested applicants should direct questions about the CDBG program to the appropriate agency in their geographic area:

Portland:  www.portlandmaine.gov/planning/commdev.asp

South Portland:  www.southportland.org

Cumberland County Entitlement Jurisdiction:  www.cumberlandcounty.org/CD/index.htm

Cumberland County outside the Entitlement Jurisdiction:  www.meocd.org.