Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is an important tool in helping local governments tackle the most serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program works largely without fanfare or recognition to ensure decent affordable housing for all, and to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, to create jobs and expand business opportunities.

Program Information


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is an entitlement funded program provided to Harford County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds projects which provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expansion of economic opportunities for low to moderate-income persons in Harford County.  

Funding Requirements


Harford County is an entitlement jurisdiction, which means it receives an annual allocation. The county primarily uses its allocation for capital projects, to benefit the low to moderate income persons or households in the county, or to reduce slum and blight. The funds are dispersed annually to various non-profit organizations throughout Harford County and are not available to individuals directly.   

Private, nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and in some cases, for-profit entities may be eligible to receive funding under these programs.  All proposed programs/projects must meet applicable federal regulations.  All selected programs/projects are subject to the availability of funding and Harford County’s budget review process.  Harford County maintains the right to reject or accept proposals to fund or not to fund, or to reduce the amount of funding requested.

All CDBG activities must meet one of the following national objectives for the program:

1.    Benefit low-moderate income persons (LMI):
  • Housing for low-to-moderate households (LMH)
  • Limited Clientele Benefit (LMC)
  • Low to Moderate Area Benefit (LMA)
  • Jobs for low-to-moderate income persons (LMJ)
2.    Slum and Blight
  • Area Basis
  • Spot Basis
  • Urban Renewal
3.     Urgent Need

Application Process


The FY2019 (FFY2018) application period is currently closed.  For more information on the application process click here or, contact Chris Behles at 410-638-3045 ext.1835 or email to cmbehles@harfordcountymd.gov.