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)      

Thursday, June 4 at 3 PM via Zoom:

CDBG Advisory Committee June 4 Public Hearing Notice
DHCD Guidance Documents
Notice of Funding Availability updated 5-26
Emergency Justification Statement
Environmental Review

2020 Proposals are in.  Click here to view proposals

Request for Proposals due December 23, 2019
Social Service Request for Proposal
Non-social Service Request for Proposal
2020 Target Area map

2020 Non-Social Service Priority (as of 11/14/19)

To continue meeting the goals of the community’s Master Plan and 2018 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.

2020 Social Service Priorities (as of 11/14/19):

 Household (Individual and Family) Stabilization
 Support services for those experiencing homelessness
 Youth development
 Economic self-sufficiency (adult education)
 Food and nutrition
 Health services/Insurance navigation
 Support services for seniors

2020 Meeting Dates:


October 21, 2019-- CDBG Advisory Committee Public Meeting to review proposal criteria and application process

October 29, 2019-- CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing to hear public comments on community priorities, needs and target areas.


November 14, 2019-- CDBG Advisory Committee Public Meeting to review community priorities, target areas, and finalize RFPs.

  November 22, 2019-- Issue Request for Proposals
 December December 23, 2019-- Proposals DUE in Town Hall by noon


January 6, 2020-- Staff sends applications questions on proposals from CDBG Advisory Committee members 

 January 13, 2019-- Applicants send response to questions to Town staff
 January 15, 2020-- CDBG Advisory Committee Public Meeting to review and prioritize proposals in order to make recommendations to the Town Manager, and finalize the community priorities.

January 30, 2020-- CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing to receive comments on recommended proposals.


February 28,2020— CDBG Application due to DHCD.


 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