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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, CBOs, Faith-Based Organizations, and
City Departments to Reduce Poverty Among Residents in Eligible Regions

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City of Burlington

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01/15/20 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Vermont nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations, and City Departments for projects that reduce poverty among local residents in eligible regions. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for public service and development projects in the City of Burlington.

Funding availability:

  • Public Service Projects: Eligible focus areas include housing, homelessness, economic opportunity, and health.
  • Development Projects: Development grants can be used for public facilities and improvements, economic development initiatives, and affordable housing initiatives.

Projects must address a priority need identified by the residents of Burlington in the City’s 2018 Consolidated Plan. Priority Needs can be found here:

In addition, each application must satisfy one of the three following overriding goals:

  • The project must help people move out of poverty, or
  • The project must prevent people from entering poverty, or
  • The project must address the basic needs of people living in poverty.

In order for a project to be funded with CDBG funds, it must meet one of the following three national objectives: 

  1. Benefits low and moderate income persons as per the guidelines established by the U.S.
    Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
  2. Aids in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight.
  3. Meets other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing
    conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community
    and where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. 

For a list of eligible activities, click here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177999

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Housing and/or Homelessness projects have a minimum grant ammount of $10,000. There is no maximum amount.

Economic Opportunity and Health projects may submit applications with a minimum request of $5,000.

A minimum level of funding of $5,000 applies to development projects. There is no maximum amount.

Term of Contract:

Housing and/or Homelessness projects may submit applications for a two-year funding cycle. The two-year grants must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Economic Opportunity and Health projects may submit applications for a one-year grant. The one-year grants must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City solicits proposals for funding from community- and faith-based organizations, non-profits, and City Departments located in Burlington, Vermont.

These activities cannot be assisted with CDBG funds under any circumstances:
1. Buildings or portions thereof, used predominantly for the general conduct of government, including city halls, jails, police stations, courthouses, and other state and local government buildings. (This does not include removal of architectural barriers or land acquisition costs).
2. General government expenses.
3. Political activities.
4. The following activities are generally ineligible unless authorized as a Special Economic Development Activity or when carried out by a Community-Based Development Organization:
a. Purchase of equipment.
b. Operating or maintaining public facilities (streets, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer
facilities, parking, neighborhood centers, and similar public facilities).
c. New housing construction (with certain exceptions).
d. Income payments.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational workshop for applicants is scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 1:00 PM in City Hall. For further information, please contact Todd Rawlings.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent Deadline: December 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Application Workshop: December 19, 2019 1:00– 3:00 p.m.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m
Advisory Board requests for additional information (if any) e-mailed to all Applicants: Mid-February – Mid March
Notice of funding recommendations goes out to applicants: April 8, 2020
Mayoral review and recommendation: Late April
City Council Public Hearing: May 11, 2020 (tentative)

The City of Burlington utilizes a two-step process for CDBG applications. Applicants are asked to submit a brief Letter of Intent to Apply. Once reviewed and evaluated, some applicants will be invited to submit a complete application for funding.

CDBG funding is on a reimbursement basis only. Your agency must pay for goods or services prior to requesting CDBG funds from CEDO.

Contact Information:

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

Application and copies should be mailed or hand delivered to:
Todd Rawlings / CDBG 2020
Community & Economic Development Office
149 Church Street, Room 32, City Hall
Burlington, VT 05401
802 - 652-4209

The electronic (PDF) version of the Application Form should be sent to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont: City of Burlington