CDBG/HOME Funding

Harford County, Maryland 

Department of Housing & Community Services  

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 

HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program are funded through the entitlement funds received by Harford County through 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. The HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program funds projects which provide decent affordable housing for low-to moderate-income persons in Harford County.

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. The funds are dispersed annually to various non-profit organizations throughout Harford County and are not available to individuals directly.

PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE FY2025/FFY2024 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN NOW OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 9, 2024
Harford County invites citizens to attend a public needs assessment hearing and provide comment regarding the use of these federal funds on January 9, 2024 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Edgewood Recreation and Community Center, 1980 Brookside Drive, Edgewood, MD 21040. Harford County will hold a second hearing on January 16, 2024 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the conference room at 15 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014. In case of inclement weather, the Edgewood meeting will be rescheduled for January 16, 2024 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and the Bel Air meeting will be rescheduled to January 23, 2024 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Citizens unable to attend the public hearing are invited to submit written comments regarding the use of FY2025 community development funding to: Barbara Richardson, Director, Harford County Department of Housing and Community Services, 15 South Main Street, Bel Air, Maryland, 21014, or via email to: commdev@harfordcountymd.gov. Comments must be received by February 9, 2024.

  1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  2. HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program helps 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, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, to create jobs, and to 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 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

Applications are available online beginning December 18, 2023 until February 5, 2024 at 4:00pm. Visit the Harford County Grants Portal to apply. (Link to https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/3325/Grants-Portal).

An applicant workshop will be held on January 10, 2024 at 9:00am at the Department of Housing and Community Services, 15 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014. Training materials will be made available to interested applicants beginning December 11, 2023.