CDBG Advisory Committee


The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has designated the Town of Amherst a Mini-Entitlement Community that is eligible to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Each year the Town can apply to receive federal funds administered by the DHCD, 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.


Amherst must apply each year to DHCD to receive the funding. 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 to 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 Town staff.

During the application process, Amherst residents have an opportunity to discuss the following components of the Town's application to DHCD:

  1. Community Priorities: A summary of community development goals that will have a positive impact in Amherst, especially low and moderate income residents. 
  2. Map of Target Areas: A map that identifies areas in Town that are a priority to receive funding.
  3. Project Proposals: Proposals are submitted to the CDBG Advisory Committee for review and prioritization as part of the Town's CDBG application.  

2022-2023 Application Process


CDBG Advisory Committee Recommendations

February 2, 2023 Public Hearing Notice


Community Development Strategy:

Survey results for CDBG community priorities:

Social Service RFP

Non-Social Service RFP:

2022-23 Non-Social Service Priority

To continue meeting the goals of the community’s Master Plan, Community Development Strategy, and Community Priorities by focusing efforts on target areas (areas in which 51% or more of residents are low- and moderate-income) including the Town Center, East Amherst Village Center, and the East Hadley Road/Pomeroy Village Center. Non-social services include infrastructure, buildings, housing rehabilitation, and small business assistance. 

Community priorities for social services are to maintain a balanced approach among:

  • household (family and individual) stabilization;
  • support services for those experiencing homelessness;
  • youth development;
  • services that help develop economic self-sufficiency (adult education & job training);
  • food and nutrition programs;
  • low-cost accessible comprehensive health services/insurance navigation;
  • support services for seniors; and
  • transportation services.

2022-2023 grant information

  • 24 month implementation timeline (July 2023-June 2025)
  • Approximately $1.65 million granted to the Town
    • Maximum allowed for Social Services: 20% ($330,000); Up to 5 activities maximum
    • Maximum allowed for Administration: 15% ($247,500)
    • Remainder is for Non-Social Services: 65% ($1.072 million); Up to 3 activities maximum


August 31, 2022
Public hearing of CDBG Advisory Committee to hear community input on social services, non-social services, target areas, and the Community Development Strategy. 
September 30, 2022RFP is issued - posted on CDBG website and emailed to agencies and Department Heads. 
November 4, 2022Funding applications are due to Ben Breger, Planner at noon. 
November 18, 2022CDBG Committee sends questions back to agencies
 December 9, 2022Applicants respond to questions via email
 January 10, 2023Public meeting of CDBG Advisory Committee to review applications and make recommendations
February 2, 2023Public hearing of CDBG Advisory Committee for the public to  comment on recommended activities
 March 3, 2023Application packaged is due to MA Department of Housing and Community Development

More information on 2022-2023 Application process

The MA Department of Housing and Community Development has released the One-Year Action Plan for the 2022-2023 CDBG round: see document here

Here is a summary of draft changes:

  • 24-month implementation timeline for grants, roughly from July 1, 2023 - july 1, 2025
  • Twice as much money available (around $330,000 for social services and $1 million for non-social services)
  • up to 5 social service activities and 3 non-social service activities allowed

Year Appointed
Term Expires
Gregory Bascomb
Rika Clement
Lucas Hanscom
Nathanael Larson
Becky Michaels, Chair
Suzanne Schilling
Zoy Soulis