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Posted on: September 13, 2017

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 2

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The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents. CDBG applications for the next fiscal year of funding will be available beginning Monday, October 2, and a mandatory meeting for all applicants will be held on Tuesday, October 3. 


“It is my hope that we will receive innovative and creative applications for funding that seek to address the critical issues that are currently facing the city,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “Over the years, I’m proud that we’ve funded a number of critical programs and projects that have had a major impact on our residents. I encourage new programs to apply this year so we can continue to have a competitive funding process.” 


The City funded 20 programs and projects through the FY2017 funding cycle totaling more than $1.5 million. 


Eligible programs include, but are not limited to: 

  • Food programs
  • Shelter programs
  • Mental and substance abuse programs
  • Childcare
  • Portland Opportunity Crew- Panhandling program 
  • Rehab of non-profit buildings
  • Street and sidewalk safety improvements
  • Community safety and engagement programs

New programs are encouraged to apply!


Monday, October 2: CDBG applications are released on the City’s website at: www.portlandmaine.gov/ApplyCDBG


Tuesday, October 3, 2016: Mandatory CDBG Applicant’s Meeting

5:30 pm in Room 24, Basement Level, City Hall


This meeting is mandatory for any organization wishing to apply for 2018-2019 CDBG funds. If you are considering a CDBG application, a minimum of one representative from your organization must attend this meeting. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Kristin Styles at 207-874-8731 or kms@portlandmaine.gov


For more information, check out the City’s CDBG website at www.portlandmaine.gov/CDBG.


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