CDBG Program

Office of Community and Economic Development
** Upcoming Public Hearing - The City of Amesbury will hold a virtual public hearing on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 12:00pm. The purpose of this public hearing is to discuss the City’s proposal to apply for the Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 funding to support Amesbury’s Back to Business Program - a business recovery program to assist businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. LEARN MORE HERE **

Community Development Block Grant

The Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally funded, competitive grant program designed to help small cities and towns meet a broad range of community development needs. Assistance is provided to qualifying cities and towns for housing, community, and economic development projects that assist low and moderate-income residents, or by revitalizing areas of slum or blight. Eligible CDBG projects include but are not limited to housing rehabilitation or development, micro-enterprise or other business assistance, infrastructure, community/public facilities, public social services, planning, removal of architectural barriers to allow access by persons with disabilities, and downtown or area revitalization.
CDBG Planning Advisory Committee (PAC)
The below committee has been established to provide a focal point for community outreach and recommendations on current and future programs. In addition to the CDBG-PAC the City contracts with a consulting firm to aid in program management.
  • Angela Cleveland, AICP
  • Robert LaPlante – Planning Board Member
  • Pamela Gilday – City Councilor

Program Years

The below program year descriptions represent a brief summary of the City’s activities. Click on the hyperlinks for more information. 

Fiscal Year



CDBG 2015

Housing Rehabilitation program, scholarship assistance to attend the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Lower Merrimack Valley’s Programs, and the Pettengill House, Inc. Program, which will provide emergency assistance for eligible Salisbury and Amesbury residents. 



Regional Program

CDBG 2016

Housing Rehabilitation program, the Pettengill House Social Service Agency, and Our Neighbors’ Table to administer the Meals Program. For eligible Amesbury and Merrimac residents. 



Regional Program

CDBG 2019


Amesbury has been awarded the FY19 Community Development Fund grant that will includes the items listed below begnining with FY 2019. This includes a Housing Rehabilitation Program, an architectural barrier removal project at City Hall, and up to three social service programs. Our programs planned for the application are: Our Neighbors Table, Pettingill House, and Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.


Program Summary



Please see this page for the: FY 2019 CDBG - MANAGEMENT RFP

If you have any questions, please email Angela Cleveland, AICP at