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CDBG Advisory Committee

Member Year Appointed Term Expires 
Mary Jane Laus,  2006 2013
Claude Tellier, Co-Chair 2006 2013
Jana McClure, Co-Chair 2007 2015
Nancy Gregg, Housing and Sheltering Com. Rep 2010 2013
Greg Schwartz     2011 2014
Ted Harvey 2011 2014
*Appointed by the Select Board: 7 members / 3-year terms

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News-Announcement of 2014 CDBG Application Process
Click here to download CDBG non-social service RFP New!

Click here to download CDBG social service RFP 

Click here to download 2014 Process Announcement

View the draft 2014 Community Development Strategy

The CDBG Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 2nd at 7 PM in Room 101 (south rooom), Bangs Community Center, to hear ideas for possible projects, including but not limited to preservation of affordable housing at Echo Village, Community Health Center in the Bangs Center, and acquisition of property for affordable housing. The hearing will also be a time for public comment on the Community Development Strategy.

2014 Application Timeline
December Dec 2--Community Development Strategy public hearing and public meeting
Dec 6--RFP's solicited seeking project applications
late Dec/early Jan--project applications due
January early Jan--CDBG Advisory Committee reviews proposals and makes recommendations to Town Manager
mid Jan--public hearing to announce Town Manager recommendations
February Feb 14--CDBG applications due


For Federal Fiscal Year 2014, Amherst can apply to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for a competitive CDBG grant through the Community Development Fund I (CDF-I).  Each year the Town can apply to receive federal funds administered by the state, which are awarded primarily to projects, programs, and services that improve the lives of Amherst's low- and moderate-income residents (defined as individuals or families whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income as determined by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD), and be located in an identified neighborhood or target area. 

Application Process
Amherst must apply each year to DHCD to receive the funding.  Applications are typically due in mid-February, with the public input process beginning in September/October. The CDBG Advisory Committee, with assistance from Town staff, oversees the public input process by holding public hearings and public meetings so that Amherst residents and boards & committees have an opportunity discuss priorities and target areas. The CDBG Advisory Committee also solicits proposals from the community to help determine which projects receive funding. These proposals can be submitted by various parties, including but not limited to a single individual (i.e. a developer), a Town board / committee, or a non-profit organization. Those interested in making a funding request are encouraged to contact the CDBG Advisory Committee and Town staff.

During the application process, Amherst citizens have an opportunity to discuss the following components of the Town's application to DHCD:
  1. Community Development Strategy - Summarizes various planning documents used by the community and outlines a plan of action intended to accomplish specific community development goals that will have an impact on the overall community, especially low and moderate income residents. 
  2. List of Priority Projects and Activities - A comprehensive list of town-wide projects, whether or not they are eligible CDBG activities, that the Town has identified with goals and timeline for completion.
  3. Map of Target Areas - Identifies areas in Town that are a priority to receive funding that are in accordance with the Community Development Strategy, list of priority projects and other planning reports.
  4. Project Proposals - Submitted to the CDBG Advisory Committee (by citizens, committees, organizations, etc.) at a public hearing to help determine which projects receive CDBG funds. 

Project Proposal Submission Guidelines:
  • Location of proposed project—is it in a Target Area or village center?
  • A budget detailing the project, including total budget and all other sources of funding
  • Feasibility of project—can the project be completed within the allotted time?
  • A general description of the project
  • Statement indicating how the project achieves national objectives (i.e. benefits the low-to-mod income population of Amherst) and the populations served.
  • Impact of project on identified needs of community
  • Demonstrate consistency with the Community Development Strategy
  • Demonstrate consistency with Amherst's Master Plan
  • Provide supporting document as necessary
  • Demonstrate the support of other Amherst Town boards and committees with responsibility over relevant public interest.  

Application Guidelines and Documents
DHCD Webpage