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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies
to Benefit Vulnerable Populations in Eligible Regions

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Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA)

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09/17/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $45,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for public programs that benefit vulnerable populations in eligible communities. Funding is intended to support programs and activities within the focus areas of employment, healthcare, positive youth development, eviction prevention, housing-related supportive services, crime prevention, education, mental health, welfare, or recreation. Eligible applicants serve the residents of Montgomery County.

Each year, Montgomery County awards public service grants to groups to carry out programs that directly serve low-income people, often people with special needs. These "special needs" populations include some of the most vulnerable residents: the elderly, children and youth, recent immigrants, the homeless, people with mental and physical disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, people with addictions, and victims of violence.

Funding priority will be given to activities that:

  • Provide services that respond to critical, identifiable, and unmet needs;
  • Have a high benefit to low-income persons;
  • Are clearly defined as to scope, location, need, budget, goals, beneficiaries and means for evaluation of program progress, with evaluation criteria that are specific, measurable, and realistic;
  • Present a reasonable, sound budget and have a clear plan of action that is consistent with the budget and that demonstrates that the applicant has the capacity and the capability to implement the proposed plan successfully;
  • Maximize the use of outside funds (non-CDBG or other county funds); and,
  • Support or coordinate with other community development efforts.

In addition, because the demand for these funds exceeds the amount received from HUD, the County is committed to funding projects that are ready to proceed immediately after funds are received, and those prepared to spend the funds within a twelve-month period (any funds that are not spent within this timeframe may be recaptured by the County.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138449

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant amount that may be requested is $45,000.

Term of Contract:

- Grants to begin on or after July 1, 2022.
- CDBG funds will not go to one organization for the same project (or a substantially similar project) for more than three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must demonstrate that they are a private nonprofit organization or a governmental agency.

Any CDBG funded activity must serve at least 70 percent low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons. The most recent income levels for these two categories are shown here:

Nonprofits: Only nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for public service grants. Nonprofits must be incorporated under state law, and they must have a 501(c) (3) or similar designation from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. An organization whose 501(c)(3) status is pending may still apply, but it must ensure that the nonprofit designation will be in place before the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1, 2013) For-profit entities are not eligible to receive public service grants. Corporations must have, and document, a status of “good standing” in the state in which they are chartered.

Government Agencies: Governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, including County agencies, may apply for public service grants. However, these agencies are strongly encouraged to apply in partnership with a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit organization should be, whenever practical, the primary applicant. If you feel this program can be more efficiently and effectively delivered solely by a governmental agency, please provide a detailed explanation in question 6 of the application.

The Cities of Rockville, Gaithersburg and Takoma Park operate their own Community Development Block Grant programs and should be contacted directly with funding requests for public service activities to be undertaken inside their city limits or principally serving their city residents.

The following jurisdictions do not participate with the County in these programs; therefore, no activities that operate strictly within these areas, or that primarily serve residents of these areas, may be funded with CDBG funds: Town of Barnesville, Chevy Chase View, Chevy Chase Village, Village of Chevy Chase (Section 3), Town of Laytonsville, and Martin's Additions .

The acquisition of land, or the construction, acquisition, and/or rehabilitation of buildings is not eligible for a public service grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, September 11, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

Organizations are limited to two applications.

If the County Council approves your application, funds will most likely not be available between July 1 and August 31. Major milestones are as follows:
- Notification that your application has been received - by September 24
- Staff reviews your application for completeness and eligibility. Applicants are notified in writing if an application is deemed ineligible for funding. - by October 8
- The Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) holds a public hearing to solicit community input regarding priority needs – October 6 (tentative date)
- CDAC members review applications; applicants are scheduled to meet with members to discuss their applications and answer questions - October
- CDAC members make funding recommendations to the County Executive - January
- Applicants are notified in writing of the County Executive’s recommendations - March
- County Executive submits recommended budget to the County Council; County Council holds hearings on the budget - March/April
- County Council makes final funding decisions that are reflected in the approved budget - late May
- Staff and grantees discuss contract language and requirements; staff and grantee finalize and execute contracts - June - September
- Grantee receives Notice to Proceed, delivers services and spends funds - Twelve month period, beginning with Notice to Proceed, 2022 through 2023

Grantees may only lease, not purchase, capital equipment with CDBG funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to

Direct questions to:
Katherine Canales

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