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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Public Service Grant (PSG) Program

Grants to Maine Local Governments for Public Services
to Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Households

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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Deadline Date:

06/21/19 4:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Maine local governments for a range of public services that meet the needs of local communities. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to address business resource needs and community needs by supporting projects that will benefit low- and moderate-income households. Activities should represents a new service to the community, or a quantifiable increase in the level of an existing service.

Eligible activities include but are not limited to, operating and program material expenses for the purpose of providing workforce training and skills development, child care, health care, recreation programs, education programs, public safety services, fair housing activities, senior citizen services, homeless services, drug abuse/mental health counseling, and treatment.

Eligible PSG projects must provide benefits to one of the groups of persons listed below and be in support of an identified business or nonprofit entity:
(a) Participants in a program where 51% or greater of the persons receiving benefit from PSG activities are determined to be LMI.
(b) Persons who are members of the following groups that are currently presumed by HUD to meet benefit requirements:
- Abused Children (Does not include “at-risk” youth)
- Battered Spouses (Does not include all victims of domestic violence)
- Elderly Persons (62 years +, or 55 years + for housing)
- Severely Disabled Adults
- Homeless Persons
- Illiterate Adults
- Migrant Farm Workers
- Persons Living with AIDS

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182881

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum PSG Amount: $50,000

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.

Structural changes, such as construction, construction materials, renovation and rehabilitation are ineligible PSG activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent to Apply are due at DECD on or before May 3, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Applicants who submit a completed and approved Letter of Intent will be notified by OCD that they are eligible to submit a final application.

All applications must be received at the physical location of the Office of Community Development by 4:00 P.M., Friday, June 21, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. Faxed copies will not be accepted.

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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.

Mail applications to:
Office of Community Development
Department of Economic and Community Development
59 State House Station
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 the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island