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Grants Administration and Special Projects

Funding Available for Nonprofits

Applications for the fiscal year 2019 round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding (for County fiscal year 2019, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) were due Friday, September 15, 2017. Funding determinations will first be announced with the release of the Executive's proposed operating budget in mid-March 2018 and the final determinations will be reflected in the final operating budget, which should be adopted by the Council in late May.

Next year's application is expected to be be substantially similar to the current application in form and content and is expected to be posted here around August 1, 2018. The FY19 form and instructions can be accessed here for reference:

Instructions          Application

See the section below for more information on CDBG Public Service Grants. If you have questions about the application process you may call the Grants Administration and Special Projects staff: Matt Greene at (240) 777-3631 or Trivens Kargbo at (240) 777-3794.

The City of Takoma Park also has its own CDBG program which provides Public Service grants. If some or all of your intended beneficiaries are likely to be residents of Takoma Park you may consider applying for funds that program. It is permitted to fund grantee programs and activities from different sources, including CDBG funds from separate jurisdictions. You can find more information on the Takoma Park program online:

City of Takoma Park, MD


The Grants Administration and Special Projects Section is responsible for administering the housing and community development related grants Montgomery County receives annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The grants include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Program Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). We also handle special federal grants that may arise from time to time. A recent example is the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

The Section is also responsible for preparing Montgomery County's Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, which described the County's policies for how it will spend these federal funds to address such pressing issues as affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and homelessness.  To find out more about the works of the section, please click on one of the links below:

Other important information:

Funding Sources

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides Montgomery County and other local governments with the opportunity to develop viable communities by funding activities that provide decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. Funds are awarded to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.

The County received approximately 4.1 million dollars in CDBG funds in fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017). These funds are available for activities such as Housing Rehabilitation and Public Service Grants.

The following jurisdictions do not participate with the County in the CDBG, ESG and HOME programs; therefore, no activities may be funded for these areas: Town of Barnesville, Chevy Chase View, Chevy Chase Village, Village of Chevy Chase (section 3), Town of Laytonsville, Village of Martin's Additions.

HOME Program

The HOME Investment Partnership's program is designed to increase affordable housing choices for low-income households through the development of rental housing. HOME funds are loaned to non-profit and for-profit developers for a variety of affordable housing activities including acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, and tenant-based rental assistance. In fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017), Montgomery County received approximately 1.4 million dollars in HOME funds.

Non-profit and for-profit developers of housing may contact DHCA to see if their project qualifies for HOME funds.

CDBG Public Service Grants

Each year, Montgomery County awards public service grants to groups to carry out programs that directly serve low-income people, often people with special needs. These "special needs" populations include some of our most vulnerable residents: the elderly, children and youth, recent immigrants, the homeless, people with mental and physical disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, people with addictions, and victims of violence.

Public service grants are funded with Montgomery County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds - in fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017), the County awarded $539,948 to support 13 nonprofit groups throughout the county. You can see a list of all grantees for fiscal years 2011-2017 here. (Please note that the City of Takoma Park has its own CDBG program which provides Public Service Grants. You can find a link to this program at the top of this page.)

Applications for public service grants are accepted once a year (usually around mid-September). They are reviewed by DHCA staff to determine eligibility and conformance with the County's CDBG funding policy. Applications are then reviewed by the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC), a diverse group of county residents appointed by the County Executive to make recommendations regarding CDBG funding requests. Both the Director of DHCA and the CDAC will recommend CDBG projects for funding to the County Executive, who will then make final recommendations to the County Council. The County Council, as part of the budget process, will then determine the final selection of activities to be funded with CDBG funds. Funds are generally available to grantees after September 1 of the following year - almost one year after the application is submitted.

Emergency Solutions Grant

Montgomery County is the prime recipient of federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds through the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). The County is also the Lead Agency for the Montgomery County Continuum of Care (CoC) through its Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS). As the Lead Agency, MCDHHS chairs the CoC Governing Board, supports CoC sub-committees, oversees the HMIS system, manages the annual Point-in-Time Count, develops system-wide policies and works with the CoC to identify service needs. MCDHHS also administered the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. In order to assure collaboration with the CoC and integration of ESG funds into the Continuum’s activities, MCDHHS administers the Emergency Solutions Grant under a memorandum of understanding with DHCA.

The program contact for ESG is Sara Black, MCDHHS, (240) 777-4082,

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

In 2009, the Federal Government awarded Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds nationally to states and local governments to address the national housing foreclosure problem.

Montgomery County received $2,073,965 of NSP funds as a direct allocation.  The State of Maryland also received a direct allocation of NSP funds from the federal government and established the "Neighborhood Conservation Initiative Program (NCI) and made a portion of these monies available to participants through a competitive process.  Montgomery County received $2,500,000 of these NSP funds through the state's NCI program.

Montgomery County used a total of approximately $4.5 million NSP monies to provide funding to the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), one of our two public housing authorities, for the purchase and rehabilitation of 23 foreclosed houses for lease to low-income county residents.  The majority of the people housed have household incomes at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) with emphasis on homes that will accommodate larger families.  HOC rehabilitated these homes to make them as low-maintenance and energy efficient as possible.

All NSP funds have been expended. 

For further information, please contact Stevens Brown at (240) 777-3685.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The HOPWA program was established by HUD to address the specific housing and service needs for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.  The County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the local “program sponsor,” responsible, under contract with the AIDS Administration in the Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, for administering the HOPWA program within Montgomery County. The program provides tenant based rental assistance (TBRA) and health care, case management and other supportive services to eligible households. The staff contact for the program is:

Dale G. Schacherer, MSW, LCSW-C
Program Manager/Social Worker IV
- Client Services/Public Health Services
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
2000 Dennis Avenue, Ste. 220
Silver Spring, Maryland  20902
(240) 777-1739

Electronic Benefit Data Reporting / CDBG Quarterly Reporting System

NOTE:  CDBG Reporting submittal requirements have changed as of 4/15/18.  Logon is no longer required.  Please follow instructions below.

CDBG Grantees must submit Quarterly Benefit Data Reports no later than the 10th of the month following each quarter.  Please download the reporting form, open it using Acrobat Reader or any other compatible PDF reader, fill it out, and email it to  If you have questions or are experiencing problems please contact Gael Le Guellec at (240) 777 – 3648.‚Äč

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