Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

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The City of Lowell's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides Federal funding to activities or projects that benefit low to moderate-income households at or below 80% of the area median income.

Community Development Week: April 22-26, 2019
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CDBG and ESG Funds - Notice of RFP Availability

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds are available through the City of Lowell, Department of Planning and Development.

The City anticipates federal funds in the following amounts available for fiscal year 2019-2020 (pending final congressional appropriations).

Federal Entitlement Grant  CDBG CDBG - Public Service Cap $ TBD
Federal Entitlement Grant CDBG CDBG NON Public Cap $ TBD
Federal Entitlement Grant ESG Emergency Solutions Grant $ TBD

The RFP will be made available by December 3, 2018, and may be obtained via one of the following methods:

  • Electronically via by clicking here
  • In person, by visiting the City of Lowell's Department of Planning and Development, located at JFK Civic Center, 50 Arcand Drive, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852.
  • By contacting Betty Rawnsley at

Completed proposals are due no later than Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 12:00pm Noon.

Program Goals


The goals of the program are to:
  • Provide decent, safe and sanitary housing.
  • Provide a suitable living environment.
  • Expand economic opportunities.

Annual Entitlement Grant

The City of Lowell receives an annual CDBG Entitlement Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Funding Criteria

Activities that receive CDBG funding must meet two criteria:
  • Be eligible within the program regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations as 24 CFR Part 570.
  • Meet one of three National Objectives of the program established by Congress, which require that activities must:
    • Provide a benefit to low and moderate income persons.
    • Prevent or eliminate slum and blight.
    • Meet an urgent community need that threatens the health or welfare of residents.