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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service Grants

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies
for Programs that Benefit Vulnerable Populations in Eligible Areas

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Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA)

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09/13/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $45,000 to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for public programs that benefit low-income residents and people with special needs in eligible communities. Programs may align with the following focus areas: employment, healthcare, positive youth development, eviction prevention, housing-related supportive services, crime prevention, education, mental health, welfare, or recreation.

Each year, Montgomery County receives many more applications for CDBG public service grants than there are funds available. The competition is greatest among applicants requesting funds for staff and operating costs associated with providing services to some of the area's most vulnerable residents: the elderly, children and youth, recent immigrants, the homeless, people with mental and physical disabilities, and victims of violence.

In addition to the Federal requirements, Montgomery County has developed policies and priorities to guide its use of CDBG funds. These policies and priorities are based on federal requirements for the CDBG program and local needs and funding priorities. 

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 138449

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The maximum grant amount that may be requested for FY 2021 is $45,000.

Term of Contract:

Any funds awarded will not be available until on or after July 1, 2020.

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.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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 .

Pre-proposal Conference:

Montgomery County’s Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) will conduct a Public Hearing on COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDAC recommends how Montgomery County’s competitively awarded federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are used, so your input is important. Applicants for the CDBG grant may testify, but testimony must be limited to discussing community development needs - applicants may NOT discuss how their organization proposes to address these needs. The hearing will be held on:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:15 P.M.
Stella B. Werner Office Building
7th Floor Council Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland

Call the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Finance and Administration Division at (240) 777-3621 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to register to testify or if you need additional information.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

To discuss whether or not a specific proposal may be eligible for these funds or to learn more about the application requirements, please call Matt Greene of the Grants Administration and Special Projects staff of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

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 (unless you hand-delivered the application and received a receipt upon delivery) - September, 2019
- Staff reviews your application for completeness and eligibility. Applicants are notified in writing if an application is deemed ineligible for funding. - October, 2019
- The Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) holds a public hearing to solicit community input regarding priority needs – mid-October, 2019
- CDAC members review applications; applicants are scheduled to meet with members to discuss their applications and answer questions - October/November/December, 2019
- CDAC members make funding recommendations to the County Executive - January/February, 2020
- Applicants are notified in writing of the County Executive’s recommendations - March, 2020
- County Executive submits recommended budget to the County Council; County Council holds hearings on the budget - March/April, 2020
- County Council makes final funding decisions that are reflected in the approved budget - June, 2020
- Staff and grantees discuss contract language and requirements; staff drafts contracts – June - September, 2020
- Staff and grantees finalize and execute contracts - July – September, 2020
- Grantee receives Notice to Proceed, delivers services and spends funds - Twelve month period, beginning with Notice to Proceed, 2020 through 2021

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:

Submit hard copies to:

Montgomery County Department of Housing & Community Affairs
Grants Administration and Special Projects Section
1401 Rockville Pike, Fourth Floor
Rockville, MD 20852

Matt Greene, Grants Administration and Special Projects staff
Department of Housing and Community Affairs
(240) 777-3631

Trivens Kargbo
(240) 777-3794

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