CITY OF HAGERSTOWN
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law and made available a total of $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG-CV) to be used for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. An allocation of $472,845 in CDBG-CV funds has been awarded to the City of Hagerstown and this funding can be made available in the form of grants to local non-profits to carry out eligible public service activities.
The City of Hagerstown is accepting applications from qualifying public service candidates who are able to serve residents in the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All grant applications must meet seek funding for CDBG Eligible Activities that meet a National Objective, AND prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federal HUD Regulations
To be considered for CDBG-CV funding a program or project must meet the following National Objective:
- Benefit to Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Persons: to qualify for funding under the LMI category, the persons or households served must have income levels at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) as set forth in the chart available on the City of Hagerstown’s website. Programs that serve special needs populations, including the elderly or disabled, are usually considered to be a presumed benefit as these populations are principally considered to be low-to-moderate income.
Priority Eligible Activities:
The following types of public service activities will be considered to receive CDBG-CV program funds (please note that for each of these eligible activities the low-to-moderate income individual receiving benefit would need to demonstrate pandemic related hardship to qualify):
- Housing stability programs for utility relief, rent relief payments, mortgage relief (up to three months) for low-to-moderate income households living within the City of Hagerstown;
- Other housing stability/homeless prevention activities;
- Food assistance programs.
Reasonable administration expenses incurred for carrying out the proposed public service activity will also be considered an eligible use of funds (not to exceed 15% of the grant award).
Any questions or concerns over the application can be directed to Jonathan Kerns, Community Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 301-739-8577 ext. 134.