Community Development Block Grant Program

The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) allocates funds to cities for their local community development projects.  The City of Annapolis distributes these funds to local organizations through the CDBG program, based on its goals and objectives outlined in its Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.  For the past 30 plus years, the City has used its CDBG funds to provide homeownership opportunities, housing rehabilitation services, and support for various human service activities.

Community Development Block Grant Program

The City's Community Development Division in the Planning and Zoning Department administers the CDBG program.  The City's Housing and Community Development Committee has oversight responsibility for the CDBG program and the use of CDBG funds. Each year, the Committee recommends the funding to the City Council, which approves all CDBG-funded projects. The approved projects then become the basis for the annual CDBG Action Plan.

CDBG Application Process for FY 2021

The City of Annapolis is inviting housing and community development organizations to submit applications for projects for FY 2021 CDBG program.  We will accept applications from Thursday, November 15, 2019 to the deadline Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Community Development Block Grant Application FY 2021 

New Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan, FY 2021 Action Plan

The City of Annapolis is preparing its FY 2021-2025 Five Year Housing and Community Consolidated Plan and FY 2021 Annual CDBG Action Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document which: 1) identifies housing needs and problems; 2) analyzes market conditions and resources; 3) sets priorities and adopts strategies; 4) allocates resources; and, 5) contains an annual action plan.  The Annual Action Plan identifies the amount of CDBG funds the City expects to use, the activities that the City will fund, and the goals the City set for the number and type of households the City expects to assist.  

To develop the Plans, the city will collect and analyze data, as well as conduct a number of meetings and consultations to identify and prioritize the housing and community development needs for the city. Input from stakeholders, like yourself, is vital to the creation and implementation of these Plans. Community development staff will contact you periodically throughout the planning process to participate in the development of the Plans. The following schedule will apply to complete the Plans. 

Oct. 2019

CDBG staff sends out applications to nonprofit organizations for projects eligible for CDBG funding. City staff assists community groups and nonprofit organizations in developing proposals.

Nov. 13, 2019

The City’s Housing and Community Development Committee (HCDC) holds focus group meetings and a needs hearing to ascertain community problems and issues and to review CDBG progress in FY 2019.

Dec. 5, 2019

CDBG Applications are due on December 5, 2019 at 4:30 PM. Following submittal, CDBG staff reviews proposals to determine eligibility and prepares questions for the February public hearing.  Ineligible projects will be returned to the applicant and are not sent forward.

Jan. - Mar.2020

On February 12, 2020, the HCDC holds a public hearing to hear presentations on the projects by the project sponsor.  In March, the HCDC selects the projects to recommend to the City Council for funding.

April 2020

The HCDC submits its recommendations to the City Council for inclusion in the City’s FY 2021 budget and Action Plan. The Action Plan is the City’s application to HUD for the CDBG funds.  The Mayor and City Council review and approve the funding recommendations which are incorporated into the Action Plan. CDBG staff publishes a notice in the local newspaper inviting the public to comment on the Action Plan and/or attend a second public hearing in April.

May  2020

The CDBG Staff submits the FY 2021 Action Plan to HUD May 15, 2020.

June  2020

Mayor notifies each applicant of the award amount the organization will receive.

July - August  2020

HUD approves the Action Plan and releases the funds through the environmental review process. The funds are available beginning July 1, 2020 for the selected projects. All CDBG awarded applicants must have an executed Subrecipient Agreement with the City prior to disbursement of funds.

The city will hold all public meetings in City Hall at 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401.  City Hall is ADA accessible.  If you wish to attend and require a special accommodation (e.g. interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing or an interpreter for persons with limited English proficiency), please contact or 410-263-7961 x 7798 no later than 7 business days prior to the public meeting. There will also be a 30-day public comment period for residents to comment on the draft plans.

Thank you in advance for your input and assistance to develop these Plans. If you have any questions concerning the Plans, please contact me by phone at 410-263-7961 x 7798 or email at

Annapolis FY 2020 CDBG Action Plan 

In Fiscal Year 2020, which started July 1, 2019, the City received $284,361 in CDBG Entitlement funds from HUD and $157,555 in program income.  Of this amount, the City allocated 85 percent to capital projects and 15 percent to public service projects to be implemented by the following organizations:

  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.
  • Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency
  • Blessed In Tech Ministries
  • Center of Help
  • Housing Rehabilitation - Arundel Community Development Services
  • Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Homes for America
  • Light House Shelter
  • OHLA
  • OIC
  • Restoration Community Development Corporation

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated report for all communities receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The CAPER reports the City of Annapolis success in meeting the housing and community development goals and objectives contained in its Five-year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan and FY 2019 Annual Action Plan. 

Fair Housing

As an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Annapolis is required, in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to “affirmatively further fair housing.”  To show that the entitlement community is “affirmatively furthering fair housing,” it must conduct a fair housing analysis, which identifies any impediments to fair housing choice and the steps it will take to meet this requirement.  HUD advises communities that this Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) should also address “Visitability,” the Section 504 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Fair Housing Act.

The HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Office is now advising Federal entitlement communities to update its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice to coincide with its Five Year Consolidated Plan, and then every five (5) years thereafter.  In addition, each year the City, as part of its Annual Action Plan, must sign certifications that the City will affirmatively further fair housing.  Consequently, the City is currently working on its AI for FY 2020 to identify the appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any identified impediments.  The city must then maintain records reflecting what analysis and corrective actions were taken.

The City of Annapolis currently has a Fair Housing Law, which the Annapolis Human Relations Commission oversees and takes complaints.  Please visit to learn more about fair housing rights in the City of Annapolis.