Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally funded, competitive grant program designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. Assistance is provided to qualifying cities and towns for housing, community, and economic development projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or by revitalizing areas of slum or blight. Eligible CDBG projects include, but are not limited to, housing rehabilitation or development, micro-enterprise or other business assistance, infrastructure, community/public facilities, public social services (PDF), planning, removal of architectural barriers (PDF) to improve access to public facilities, and downtown or area revitalization.

Program Years

The program year descriptions that follow represent the City's CDBG activities over the past 5 years:

Fiscal YearActivitiesCommunities
CDBG 2015Housing Rehabilitation (PDF) program, scholarship assistance to attend the Boy's and Girl's Club (PDF) of Lower Merrimack Valley's Programs, and the Pettengill House, Inc. (PDF) Program, which will provide emergency assistance for eligible Salisbury and Amesbury residents.Amesbury (PDF)
Regional Program
CDBG 2016Housing Rehabilitation (PDF) program, the Pettengill House Social Service Agency (PDF), and Our Neighbors' Table (PDF) to administer the Meals Program. For eligible Amesbury and Merrimac residents.Amesbury (PDF)
Merrimac (PDF)
Regional Program
CDBG 2019This funding includes a Housing Rehabilitation Program, an architectural barrier removal project at City Hall, and funding for three social service programs: Our Neighbors Table, Pettengill House, and Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.Amesbury (PDF)
CDBG 2020Funding was awarded in the Spring of 2021 and funds the Housing Rehabilitation Program and subsidies to families to participate in the Youth Recreation After School Program beginning in September 2021.Amesbury
Funding was awarded in the Spring of 2022 to fund the Housing Rehabilitation Program and provide funds to support the work of Our Neighbors TablePettengill House, Community Action Inc., and YWCA Greater Newburyport


If you have any questions, please contact:

Office of Community and Economic Development
Phone: 978-388-8110, ext. 314

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