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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofit Agencies to
Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Residents of Rochester

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City of Rochester, Office of Economic and Community Development

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Deadline Date:

12/13/19 3:00 PM


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Grants to New Hampshire nonprofit agencies for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income residents of Rochester. A letter of intent is required prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended for projects in the areas of economic development, public facilities improvement, low-income housing rehabilitation, and public services.

Tentative priorities identified for the FY 2021 CDBG program year include Housing First and rapid rehousing for chronically homeless residents and homeless veterans, emergency homeless shelter services, affordable housing initiatives, supportive services for residents with mental health and substance use disorders, teen center or other youth recreation projects, and downtown revitalization projects.

The City of Rochester's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program has chosen to stay focused on projects in the four following eligible areas:

  • Public Service Grants
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Economic Development
  • Public Facilities/Infrastructure Improvements

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds must be used for projects that:

  • Benefit low and moderate income residents,
  • Fix slums or blighted areas of the City, or
  • Meet a particularly urgent community development need.

Eligible Activities: 

  • Social services (e.g., homeless shelter services, mental health services, educational and vocational services, etc.)
  • Physical projects
    • Acquisition, construction, relocation, and/or demolition of housing
    • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures, including improvements to increase energy efficiency, handicap accessibility, public health and safety corrections, preservation, etc.
    • Construction and/or rehabilitation of public facilities, including facilities designed for use in providing shelter for persons having special needs 
    • Acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or installation of privately owned utilities
    • Infrastructure improvements 
    • Lead-based paint hazard evaluation and reduction
  • Economic development activities that result in the creation and/or retention of jobs
  • Micro-enterprise assistance
  • Environmental remediation of contaminated sites
  • Homeownership assistance
  • Relocation assistance to displaced individuals, families, businesses, non-profit organizations, and farm operations

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150753

Estimated Size of Grant:

The FY 2021 grant amounts have not been released from HUD so the City will consider using an estimate of a 15% decrease from the FY 2020 funding level, bringing the estimated grant amount to $220,952 (with a 15% or $33,142.80 cap for non-construction public services). Updates will be provided as decisions are made on how to determine the best estimate. Final allocations will be adjusted once HUD provides the final grant amount for FY 2021.

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Agencies:
- Agency must have a 501(c)(3) tax exemption status
- Agency must be, or be willing to become, registered on
- Agency’s proposed project/activity must meet one of HUD’s National Objectives and one of HUD’s Outcome Measures
- Agency must serve low-moderate income clientele (51% of their clients must earn very low, low, or moderate incomes) or clients classified by HUD as “presumed low-moderate income” (abused children, elderly persons, victims of domestic violence, homeless persons, adults with severe disabilities, illiterate persons, persons living with AIDS, and migrant farmworkers)
- Agency must be able to document service to clients in Rochester
- Agency must have the ability and willingness to collect required reporting statistics

CDBG funds cannot be used to buy, build, or reconstruct buildings for the use of local government, to make certain income payments, to fund political activities, or to fund the construction of new housing units by the unit of local government.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

Email notifications of intent, applications, and questions, to:
Julian Long

31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867
Phone: 603-335-7522
Fax: 603-330-0027

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire: Rochester

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