Community Development Block Grant Program

2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan  

2020-2021 Action Plan/Project Request

Public Hearings


This is to notify the public that the City of Cumberland is currently soliciting for Community Development Block Grant Project Requests for the 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan and the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2020.   The City will be receiving approximately $750,000 in CDBG funds this coming year.  Project requests must be developed to meet one of the following national objectives:  1) primarily benefit low-income persons, 2) be of an urgent and otherwise non-fundable need, or 3) address slum/blight.  In addition, the City’s Consolidated Plan has prioritized identified needs for the area’s low-income and special needs population and projects must also address at least one of those priority goals/objectives described in the 5-year plan.  Eligible activities may include acquisition, blight removal, housing, neighborhood improvements, recreation, beautification, job creation activities, public facilities, public services, and infrastructure improvements.

The City of Cumberland will be holding its first Public Hearing to receive needs and project requests on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:15 p.m. during the regular Mayor & City Council Meeting at City Hall.  A presentation of the results of the needs analysis and market assessment will be provided at the Mayor and City Council Public Work Session prior to the public meeting that same evening.  Please see the agenda posted on the City website for exact times.  The meeting room is handicapped accessible.  Anyone needing additional accommodations should contact the Department of Community Development, Lower Level, City Hall at least 3 days prior to the meeting to make necessary arrangements.  You can participate in the needs survey by completing one here:

The deadline to submit a project request is Thursday, February 20, 2020.  Once all project requests are received, the City will rate and rank those requests based on their initial eligibility, ability to address an identified goal in the Consolidated Plan proposed goals, agency capacity/experience, project complexity, matching funds, and funding availability.

Please submit your project requests by February 20, 2020 to the City of Cumberland Department of Community Development, City Hall, 57 N. Liberty Street – Lower Level, Cumberland, Maryland 21502.   If you have any questions you can contact Ms. Lee Borror within the Department of Community Development at 301-759-6437 or TDD # 1-800-735-2258.  You can also e-mail a project request, comments, and questions to Lee Borror at

A second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (see agenda for final date confirmation) at 6:15 p.m. during the Mayor & City Council meeting at City Hall to receive comments on the draft Consolidated Plan and the draft Analysis of Impediments.

The 30-day comment period will begin on March 17, 2020 and end on April 17, 2020 affording the public opportunity to comment on the projects proposed for funding and the draft 2020-24 CDBG Five Year Consolidated Plan.  Written comments may be submitted to Ms. Lee Borror.  Final adoption of the Consolidated Plan including projects for the upcoming fiscal year will occur at the end of the comment period, at the regular Mayor & Council meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Community Betterment project proposals for neighborhoods with active community groups will be accepted through February 20, 2020.  All questions and comments should be forwarded to Ms. Lee Borror at 301-759-6437.