CDBG Advisory Committee

Member Year Appointed Term Expires  
Paul Goulston 2017 2020  
Andrew Grant - Thomas 2018 2021  
Gail Lansky 2016 2022  
Nathanael Larson 2018 2020  
Stephanie Leombruno 2019 2021  
Keith Nesbitt 2018 2020  
Vacancy (1)      


NEW: January 24 Public Hearing
7 PM, Glass Room, Bangs Community Center
To hear comments on:
    1. The 2019 funding recommendations
    2. 2019 Community priorities
    3. Currently funded activities
Click here to view public hearing notice

Social Service Project Proposal-Word Format
Social Service Project Proposal-PDF Format

Non-Social Service Project Proposal-Word Format
Non-Social Service Project Proposal-PDF Format

2019 Target Area Map

2019 Non-Social Service Priority (as of 11/26/18)

To continue meeting the goals of the community’s Master Plan and Community Development Strategy by focusing efforts on target areas in the Town Center, East Amherst Village Center, and the East Hadley Road/Pomeroy Village Center.

2019 Social Service Priorities (as of 11/26/18):
Household (Individual and Family) Stabilization
Support services for the homeless
Youth Development
Economic Self-sufficiency (adult education)
Food and Nutrition
Health Services

Wednesday, November 7th at 7 PM in the Pole Room, Bangs Center--Public Hearing for Community Priorities.  See Public Notice

2019 Meeting Dates:


November 7, 2018--7:00 p.m. CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing (Glass Room, Bangs Center) to discuss community priorities, target areas, and planning for 2019 grant activities.

November 19, 2018--7:00 p.m. CDBG Advisory Committee Public Meeting (First Floo Meeting Room, Town Hall) to review community priorities, target areas, and review proposal criteria and finalize RFPs.

November 20/21, 2018--Town to solicit Request for Proposals


December 28, 2018--Proposals due at noon.


January 10, 2019--CDBG Advisory Committee Public Meeting (Glass Room, Bangs Center) to review and prioritize proposals in order to make recommendations to the Town Manager, and finalize the community priorities.

January 24, 2019--CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing (Glass Room, Bangs Center) to receive comments on recommended proposals.


March 1, 2019—CDBG Application due to DHCD.

2018 Reference Documents

Map of Target Areas


 For Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Amherst can apply to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for a Mini-entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant. Each year the Town can apply to receive federal funds administered by the DHCDe, 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 with applications typically due in February - March. 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.  


Project Proposal Submission Guidelines




National Objective: All projects social service activities receiving CDBG funds are required to serve a majority low and moderate income population

  • Location: Non-social service activities are required to be located in a Target Area
  • Detailed Budget: An itemized budget for the project including total budget and all other sources of funding.
  • Feasibility: A project timeline showing that the project can be completed within 12-18 months
  • Project Description: A narrative description that summarizes the project
  • Project Need: A statement that clearly outlines the need for the project
  • Project Impact: Description of positive impact of project on identified needs of community
  • Community Involvement: Demonstrate the support of other Amherst Town Boards and Committees with responsibility over relevant public interest 
  • Demonstrate consistency with the Community Priorities
  • Demonstrate consistency with Amherst's Master Plan
  • Provide supporting documentation as necessary  

Application Guidelines and Documents

DHCD Webpage