CDBG Advisory Committee

Member
Year Appointed
Term Expires
Rika Clement
2020
2021
Paul Goulston
2017
2023
Andrew Grant - Thomas
2018
2021
Lucas Hanscom                       2020                  2022
Gail Lansky, Chair
2016
2022
Nathanael Larson
2018
2023
Becky Michaels
2020
2023

NEWS


May 27 public hearing


The CDBG Advisory Committee is holding a public hearing on May 27th at 7 PM to hear comments on current activities and to hear comments on priorities for the 2021 grant process. Meeting information can be found on the Town Calendar.  The Public Notice can be viewed here.

2021 CDBG Update


DHCD has posted an updated plan on their website that has the 2021 grant process open in June and applications due to DHCD in September. 



2021 Application Process Meeting Dates:

May 

September 27, 2021-- CDBG Advisory Committee Public Hearing to review current activities and hear comments about priorities and ideas for 2021 grant process.

June


July


 August
 September


2020 Non-Social Service Priority

To continue meeting the goals of the community’s Master Plan and 2018 Community Development Strategy by focusing efforts on target areas in the Town Center, East Amherst Village Center, and the East Hadley Road/Pomeroy Village Center.

2020 Social Service Priorities:


 Household (Individual and Family) Stabilization
 Support services for those experiencing homelessness
 Youth development
 Economic self-sufficiency (adult education)
 Food and nutrition
 Health services/Insurance navigation
 Support services for seniors

Introduction


 For Federal Fiscal Year 2019 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 DHCDe, 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 February - March. 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 to 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 Town staff.

During the application process, Amherst residents have an opportunity to discuss the following components of the Town's application to DHCD:

  1. Community Priorities: A summary of community development goals that will have a positive impact in Amherst, especially low and moderate income residents. 
  2. Map of Target Areas: A map that identifies areas in Town that are a priority to receive funding.
  3. Project Proposals: Proposals are submitted to the CDBG Advisory Committee for review and prioritization as part of the Town's CDBG application.  

 

Project Proposal Submission Guidelines

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National Objective: All projects social service activities receiving CDBG funds are required to serve a majority low and moderate income population

  • Location: Non-social service activities are required to be located in a Target Area
  • Detailed Budget: An itemized budget for the project including total budget and all other sources of funding.
  • Feasibility: A project timeline showing that the project can be completed within 12-18 months
  • Project Description: A narrative description that summarizes the project
  • Project Need: A statement that clearly outlines the need for the 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 Priorities
  • Demonstrate consistency with Amherst's Master Plan
  • Provide supporting documentation as necessary  

Application Guidelines and Documents


DHCD Webpage