Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

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.

Lowell Celebrates  National Community Development Week
April 2-April 6 2018

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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 Shelter 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 2018-2019 (pending final congressional appropriations).



 CDBG - Public Service Cap


 Federal Entitlement Grant




The RFP will be made available by December 6th, 2017, 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 Chris Samaras at

Completed proposals are due no later than Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 12:00pm Noon.

Please click here for the Fiscal Year 2018-19 CDBG/ESG RFP.


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.