CDBG Advisory Committee

Member Year Appointed Term Expires  
Amy Brodigan 2015 2018  
Barbara Findlen 2015 2018  
Nancy Gregg 2011 2017  
Mary Jane Laus 2011 2017  
Jana McClure 2011 2016  
Claude Tellier, Chair 2011 2017  

NEW: 2017 CDBG Grant Cycle

Draft 2017 Community Development Strategy
October 25 Public Hearing Notice

Meeting Dates:
October 25, 7 PM, Community Room, Police Station
    Public hearing on draft Community Development Strategy

November 15, 7 PM, First Floor Meeting Room
    Review public hearing comments and determine funding priorities

November 18
    Solicit Request for Proposals for activities

December 20, 12 PM
    Proposals due to staff

January 11, 7 PM, Location TBD
    Review and prioritize proposals

January 18, 7 PM, Community Room, Police Station
    Public hearing to announce funding recommendations

February 10
    Town submits application to DHCD


For Federal Fiscal Year 2017, 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 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 with applications typically due in mid-February. 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 Town and outlines a plan of action intended to accomplish specific community development goals that will have a positive impact in Amherst, especially low and moderate income residents. 
  2. List of Priority Projects and Activities - A 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.
  4. Project Proposals - Submitted to the CDBG Advisory Committee (by citizens, committees, organizations, etc.) for review and prioritization as part of the Town's CDBG application.  

Project Proposal Submission Guidelines: 

  • National Objective - Does the project serve a majority low- and moderate-income population?
  • Location - Is proposed project in a Target Area?
  • Detailed Budget - Itemized budget for the project, including total budget and all other sources of funding
  • Feasibility - Can the project be completed within the allotted time?
  • Project Description - narrative description of the project
  • Project Need - Clear outline of need for 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 Development Strategy
  • Demonstrate consistency with Amherst's Master Plan
  • Provide supporting document as necessary  

Application Guidelines and Documents

DHCD Webpage

2015 Application Timeline


November 10, 2015--7:00 p.m. CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing (Bangs Center) to review current projects and programs and review the draft Community Development Strategy, including target areas and community priorities.

November November 17, 2015--7:00 p.m. CDBG Advisory Committee Public Meeting to review draft Strategy, discuss community priorities, review proposal criteria and finalize RFPs.
November November 24, 2015--Town to solicit Request for Proposals


December 30, 2015--Proposals due at noon.


January 6, 2016--CDBG Advisory Committee Public Meeting (First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall) to review and prioritize proposals in order to make recommendations to the Town Manager, and finalize the Community Development Strategy.

January January 13, 2016--CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing (Bangs Center, South Meeting Room #101) to receive comments on recommended proposals.


February 12, 2015—CDBG Application due to DHCD.