Community Development Block Grant Program [cdbg]
The Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides the basic funding necessary to administer the many housing, public works, economic development, and public service activities which help to further the city’s overall community development objectives. This program is intended to support the city as it continues to grow and improve, and to help serve the most vulnerable members of our community.
Some of the accomplishments managed through the Community Development Office include:
- Construction of new energy-efficient single family housing and rehabilitation of affordable housing throughout the city’s older neighborhoods.
- Curb re-setting.
- Demolition of hundreds of unsafe and abandoned buildings throughout the city
- Improvements to public facilities such as parks and playgrounds and various city buildings including the Senior Center, Library and City Hall.
- Provision of essential public services ranging from after school programs for youth to assistance to senior citizens to police walking patrols and drug enforcement activities.
- Safety and beautification improvements, including street trees.
- Street and sidewalk improvements along many of the city’s entryways, including accessibility improvements.
Current CDBG funded programs which are carried out by other entities:
- NewVue Communities Small Business Assistance
- North Star Family Services Family Shelter
- Community Legal Aid Homelessness Prevention Program
- YMCA Youth Program
- Board of Health Drug Enforcement
- Police Drug Enforcement
YEAR 47 CDBG ACTIVITIES
(July 2021-June 2022)
- CDBG Year 47 Application
- CDBG Year 47 Program Schedule
- Schedule of application availability, deadlines, and important meetings
- Year 47 Proposal Summary
- Summary of proposals received
- Year 47 Applications
- A Public Hearing on the Year 47 Action Plan will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5pm. Comments on the Action Plan will be accepted through April 30th. Comments may be submitted by phone, mail, or email.
- For information about virtual meetings, please email CommDev@FitchburgMA,gov.
The City of Fitchburg received $586,047 after the CARES Act passed in March 2020. An additional $435,362 was announced in September 2020.
CDBG-CV Action Plan and Second Amendment
A public hearing on this amendment will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5pm. To attend, or for more information, please email CommDev@FitchburgMA.gov..
For more information about CARES Act funding, email Cindy Dalton at CDalton@FitchburgMA.gov.
The City of Fitchburg’s Divisions of Housing and Development, is now taking applications from interested contractors in all residential construction trades to participate in a variety of housing and commercial rehabilitation programs funded through the City.
El Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario de la ciudad de Fitchburg esta aceptando aplicaciones de contratistas interesados en todo tipo de oficio de construcción residencial para participar en una variedad de programas de rehabilitación de vivienda y comercio financiado por la ciudad.
Special Business Categories
Recipients of State and Federal funding must report on contracts executed with a variety of different business types, including Section 3, Minority-Owned (MBE), Women-Owned (WBE), and Disadvantaged (DBE) business enterprises.
Section 3 Businesses meet one of three regulatory definitions:
- 51 percent of the business owned and controlled by low- or very low- income persons
- 75 percent of the labor hours performed for the business over the prior three-month period performed by Section 3 workers
- 51 percent of the business owned and controlled by current public housing residents or residents who currently live in Section 8-assisted housing
Register your business as a Section 3 Business here:
Information about MBE/WBE certification:
Information about Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification:
Year 45 CDBG Activities
(July 2019-June 2020)
- CDBG YEAR 45 PROGRAM SCHEDULE
- Year 45 Proposal Summary
- Year 45 Action Plan
- Community Development Week 2019 Infographic
(CAPER), please contact Cindy Dalton at CDalton@FitchburgMA.gov. Comments will be accepted between December 11, 2020 and December 29, 2020.