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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Downtown Revitalization (DR) Program

Grants to Maine Local and County Governments
for Economic Development in Downtown Areas

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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03/29/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Maine local and county government agencies for the revitalization of downtown areas in eligible communities throughout the state. A letter of intent must be submitted before applying. Funding is intended to assist communities in implementing innovative, integrated, and comprehensive solutions to problems facing their downtown districts.

These community revitalization projects must be part of a strategy that targets downtown service and business districts and will lead to future public and private investment. Qualified applicant communities must have a downtown district meeting the definition of PL 776 enacted by the 119th legislature.

All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program.

These objectives are:
-Benefit to low and moderate income persons;
-Prevention and elimination of slum and blight conditions; and
-Meeting community development needs having a particular urgency.

Eligible activities in the DR Program include all activities eligible under the Public Facilities, Public Infrastructure, Micro-Enterprise and Housing Assistance carried out in a downtown area. For details on eligible activities, see the application package, page 9, in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177763

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum DR Award: $300,000

Term of Contract:

Applicants have six months to complete the project development phase process or notice of award may be rescinded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island are eligible to apply for and receive State CDBG program funds.

County governments may apply on behalf of the Unorganized Territory.

Groups of local governments may apply for multi-jurisdictional or joint projects. Multi-jurisdictional applications require designation of one local government as the lead applicant and consent for that designation by each participating local government. Counties may apply for the Economic Development or Public Service programs on behalf of a collaboration of communities.

Eligible applicants, including counties as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes. Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants.

Planning Requirements: Applicants must have completed a comprehensive downtown revitalization planning process within the past five years. Communities with plans older than five years must demonstrate that their plans are under active implementation, the action plan remains valid, or have been updated within the past 5 years. The proposed DR activities must be in the plan as recommended actions necessary for downtown revitalization.

Bonus Points for Applicants with Maine Downtown Center Designation: Three (3) bonus points will be assigned to each application submitted by a community designated as a Main Street Maine Community by the Maine Downtown Center. One (1) bonus point will be assigned to each application submitted to a community designated as a Downtown Network Community by the Maine Downtown Center.


Units of local government may not apply for more than one DR program per grant year. Units of local government that benefited from a 2018 DR may not apply for a 2019 DR.

Multiple Year Award Prohibition - Communities may not submit a DR application if they have received or benefited from two (2) DR awards within the five (5) year period prior to the CDBG program year for which applications are being accepted.
1. Multiple Grants: Eligible applicants may not apply for, or benefit from, more than one grant per program category in any grant year. Communities participating in multi-jurisdictional applications may submit their own applications for the same program as long as they demonstrate that there will not be a duplication of program activity/benefit.

Pre-Application Information:

Communities applying for DR funds must demonstrate they will provide a direct cash match of at least 25% of the total CDBG grant award. This minimum 25% match must consist of private sector investments directly related to the project. Any additional project funding over the minimum 25% may come from any source public and/or private.

Letter of Intent to Apply: Due at DECD on or before January 25, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

All applications must be received at the physical location of the Office of Community Development by 4:00 PM on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Please take note that eligible applicants for DR funding are limited to those communities receiving prior written OCD approval of their Letter of Intent to Apply. Applicants submitting a DR application without OCD approval of their Letter of Intent will not be scored.

Public Hearing Requirements
Each applicant is required to hold a duly authorized public hearing during the Application process with a minimum of 10 days prior notice. The hearing must be advertised in local newspapers and posted according to local requirements.

Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2019.

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Contact Information:

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

Technical Assistance Contacts:

Office of Community Development
Department of Economic and Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059

P: (207) 624-7484
F: (207) 287-8070
TTY: 1-800-437-1220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Statewide, excluding Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County (with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island)