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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Downtown Revitalization (DR) Program

Grants to Maine Local and County Governments
for Economic Development in Downtown Areas

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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03/30/18 4:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to Maine local and county government agencies for the revitalization of downtown areas in eligible communities throughout the state. Letters of inquiry are due by January 26. Projects must meet a community development need, address urban blight or slum conditions, or benefit low- and moderate-income households.

The Downtown Revitalization Grant (DR) Program provides funds to communities to implement comprehensive, integrated, and innovative solutions to the problems facing their downtown districts. These community revitalization projects must be part of a strategy that targets downtown service and business districts and will lead to future public and private investment. Qualified applicant communities must have a downtown district meeting the definition in 30-A M.R.S.A. Section 4301(5-A).

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 elimination of slum and blight conditions; and
-Meeting community development needs having a particular urgency.

Eligible activities include all those eligible under the Public Facilities, Public Infrastructure, Housing Assistance or Micro-Enterprise Assistance programs as relevant to the revitalization of a downtown district; and eligible planning activities necessary to complete the Project Development Phase.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177763

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum DR Award: $300,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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, Casco 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.

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.

Planning Requirements: Applicants must have completed a comprehensive downtown revitalization planning process within the past five years. Communities with plans older than five years must demonstrate that their plans are under active implementation, the action plan remains valid, or have been updated within the past 5 years. The proposed DR activities must be in the plan as recommended actions necessary for downtown revitalization.

Bonus Points for Applicants with Maine Downtown Center Designation: Applicants will receive three bonus points if they have been designated as a Main Street Maine Community by the Maine Downtown Center, or one bonus point if they have been designated as a Maine Downtown Network Community.

1. Multiple Grants: Eligible applicants may not apply for, or benefit from, more than one grant per program category in any grant year. Communities participating in multi-jurisdictional applications may submit their own applications for the same program as long as they demonstrate that there will not be a duplication of program activity/benefit.

Pre-Application Information:

All communities applying for DR Program funds must certify that they will provide a minimum cash match equivalent to 25 percent of the total grant award. This minimum 25% match must consist of private sector investments directly related to the project. Any additional project funding over the minimum 25% may come from any source public and/or private. All match must be fully committed at time of application.

All applications and Letters of Intent must be received at the physical location of the Office of Community Development on or before 4:00 PM EST on the dates listed.

-Letter of Intent Due Date: January 26, 2018
-Application Due Date (By Invitation Only): March 30, 2018

Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2018.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Technical Assistance Contacts:

Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059

P: (207) 624-7484
F: (207) 287-8070
TTY: 1-800-437-1220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Statewide, excluding Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County (with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island)