Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM?
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a federal program that provides grants to state and local governments for the purpose of developing viable and resilient urban communities, especially for people who are low- and moderate-income. CDBG activities address needs such as infrastructure, economic development, public facilities, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, microenterprise assistance, homeowner assistance, and others. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides more information on CDBG eligible activities here.
Greenfield receives CDBG funds from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC), which in turn receives CDBG funding from HUD. Greenfield is a Mini-Entitlement Community, which means that the city receives funding every grant cycle. The Commonwealth designates municipalities as Mini-Entitlements through a formula based on a high statistical indication of need, poverty rate, and size.
HOW DOES GREENFIELD USE CDBG FUNDS?
Ahead of each grant application, the Community and Economic Development Department holds a public meeting to accept community input on the City’s Community Development Strategy. The Community Development Strategy provides a summary of the City’s key planning documents and outlines a plan of action for accomplishing specific community development goals for the next 3-5 years.
Based on public input, the identified needs of other City departments, local and regional planning processes, and assessments of ongoing projects, CEDD proposes CDBG projects to EOHLC for approval. To gain approval, a project must meet the national CDBG objective of providing benefits to low- and moderate-income people. We provide periodic updates on CDBG projects at public meetings. Community input on CDBG projects is both welcome and encouraged!
Public Facilities/Infrastructure Projects:
CURRENT CDBG-FUNDED ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- West Street infrastructure improvements.
- Sidewalks Improvements.
- Main Street Water Line Upgrade (design).
- Court Square Redevelopment.
Public Social Services:
- Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry.
- Literacy Project.
- Lifepath Elder Nutrition at the John Zon Center.
The Greenfield Housing Rehabilitation Program, which provides 0% deferred loans to make critical property improvements to homes/apartments occupied by low/moderate income households. You can read more about the Housing Rehabilitation program here.
CDBG 2022/2023 APPLICATION
Submitted March 2023 for activities starting fall 2023.
PAST CDBG-FUNDED ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- Infrastructure upgrades: School Street, Davis Street, West Street.
- Sidewalks: Hope Street, Deerfield Street, Main Street, Bank Row, Wells Street, and Washington Street.
- Lunt Field ADA improvements.
- Commercial facades improvements.
- ADA accessibility improvements: Food Pantry and Garden Cinema.
- Olive Street Garage Pocket Park.
- Public social services.