Community Development Block Grants

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The Maine CDBG Program serves as a catalyst for local governments to implement programs that:

  • Are part of a long-range community strategy;or State of Maine Strategic Economic Development Plan

  • Improve deteriorated residential and business districts and local economic conditions

  • Provide the conditions and incentives for further public and private investments

  • Foster partnerships between groups of municipalities, state and federal entities, multi-jurisdictional organizations, and the private sector to address common community and economic development problems; and

  • Minimize development sprawl consistent with the State of Maine Growth Management Act and support the revitalization of downtown areas.

All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program. These objectives are:

  •  Benefit to low and moderate income persons;

  •  Prevention and/or elimination of slum and blight conditions; and

  •  Meeting community development needs having a particular urgency.

Jennifer Peters, Director of Community Development


SCEC can assist eligible Washington County applicants with the Community Development Block Grant process at no cost.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Peters, Director of Community Development:

Phone: 207-255-0983


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All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick and Frye Island are eligible to apply for and receive State CDBG program funds.  County governments may apply on behalf of the Unorganized Territory. Groups of local governments may apply for multi-jurisdictional or joint projects. Multi-jurisdictional applications require designation of one local government as the lead applicant and consent for that designation by each participating local government.  Counties may apply for the Public Service program on behalf of a collaboration of communities. 

Eligible applicants, including counties as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes.  Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants.  Eligible applicants applying on behalf of a Maine Indian Tribe are permitted to apply in the same 2024 CDBG funding category only if the eligible applicant will not directly benefit from the tribal CDBG project.



Letter of Intent Due Date

Application Due Date


By Invitation Only

Downtown Revitalization January 26, 2024 March 8, 2024
Economic Development 1st of the month starting July 1,2024 By invitation only
Housing Assistance March 22, 2024 May 19, 2024
Public Infrastructure January 12, 2024 March 1, 2024
Public Service April 26, 2024 June 7, 2024
Community Enterprise February 23, 2024 April 12, 2024
Special Projects TBD TBD
Urgent Need* TBD TBD

*Funding for this program may be available based upon redistribution, reallocation and/or additional allocation from HUD.