Applicant Information

The Cumberland County CDBG Grant Program will distribute funds for community and regional activities in the 2024 program year. The exact amount to be distributed will be determined in the upcoming months.

Eligible Applicants

Municipalities & the County are the only eligible applicants for this program.

Non-profit service providers, businesses or other organizations/entities must apply through a municipality for a local program and through the County for a regional program.

Applicants, except for those sponsored by the County, must demonstrate a 20% local match.  

Applicants must submit “pre-applications” by 4:00pm on December 14, 2023.  Applicants will receive approval to submit a final application by December 19, 2023, at the latest.

Pre-Applications are a separate document and from the  2024 CDBG Application distribution. 

Maximum number of applications:
  1. Community applicants (single community applications) are limited to any combination of two Public Services and/or General Program applications.  
  2. Cumberland County is limited to any combination of five Public Services and/or General Program applications. 
  3. Communities may submit an unlimited number of multi-community applications.
  4. The number of “pre-applications” is not limited.  

2024 CDBG Applications

2024 Pre-Application (Fillable PDF) - Due December 14, 2023

2024 Public Service Application - Due January 18, 2024

2024 General Application - Due January 18, 2024

2024 CDBG Process Timeline

  • Program and Application Workshop (virtual):  Thursday, November 30, 2023 1:30-3:00pm (Email for a link) 
  • Pre-Applications Due:  Thursday, December 14, 2023 – 4:00 PM
  • Receipt of Approval to Submit Application: Tuesday, December 19, 2023
  • Final Applications Due:  Thursday, January 18, 2024 – 4:00 PM
  • Applicant presentation to Review Team: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 - Morning
  • MOC Review: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 
  • County Commissioner Public Hearing: Monday, April 8, 2024 - 5:30PM
  • County Commissioner Approval:  Monday, May 13, 2024 - 5:30PM
  • Submission to HUD:  Friday, May 15, 2023

Supplemental Information for Regular CDBG Application Process

Income Limits
These limits define low-moderate income for Cumberland County. Moderate income is calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) as 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), adjusted for household size.
Exception Rule
The Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program falls under a special rule allowing more locations to quality for "area-wide" activities beyond the standard 51% low- or moderate-income requirement.

One quarter of census block groups in our 25 member communities qualify for area-wide activities under the exception rule.

Distress Scores

Each community is assigned a score from 0 to 10 points based upon two factors:
  • Percent of low/moderate-income residents of the total community population
  • Percent of low/moderate-income residents in the 25 communities of the Cumberland County Entitlement Jurisdiction
View Distress Scores

Contact Us 

Kristin Styles
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