How to Apply and Who Decides

How To Apply for CDBG 


CDBG funds are awarded on an annual basis, the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is released in January for grant funds that will be available the following July 1st. Please see detailed information regarding CDBG eligiblity in the 2021 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Availability of Funds

The City of Burlington is soliciting applications from community organizations and city departments for funding through its Community Development Block Grant program. Funding will be targeted to the priorities identified in the current Notice of Funding Availability. Non-CEDO initiated project proposals will be reviewed and scored competitively in this process.

Application packets, are available in Word and PDF format and hard copies can be made available upon request at ccurtis@burlingtonvt.gov or 802-735-7002. 

The Deadline for Submission

The deadline for submission of the application is Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

Funding is expected to be available on July 1, 2021; however, at this time it is uncertain how much CDBG funding will be available.

A virtual Application Workshop for applicants is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021, time 2:00 PM. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83047692264

For further information, please contact Christine Curtis at 802-735-7002 or  ccurtis@burlingtonvt.gov 

**Applications may exceed the 9 page limit originally presented in the NOFA.  Applications of up to 11 pages will be accepted. 


Application and attachments available for download:

2021 CDBG Application PDF

2021 CDBG Application Word


2021 COI Attachment PDF

2021 COI Attachment Word


Advisory Board Information:


The keystone to the annual allocation of CDBG funds in the City of Burlington is the Citizen Advisory Board, which makes funding recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council. This citizen allocation process has been in place since the 1980s; the Citizen Advisory Board reviews all funding proposals that were not initiated by CEDO.

Half of the members of the Citizen Advisory Board are elected by the Neighborhood Planning Assemblies, three members are appointed by the Mayor, one member represents Burlington youth, and the remaining members represent other stakeholders such as the State of Vermont.  Below is a list of members for the 2021 Board which will meet during January, February, and March to review the 2021 applications. A Public Hearing before City Council will be held in 2021, to finalize the allocation of CDBG funds.

Burlington's use of a Citizen Advisory Board to make recommendations on the best use of the city's annual federal CDBG appropriation has received national recognition, including a local Best Practice award from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. The Board makes difficult but community-based decisions about addressing a broad spectrum of poverty-related needs with finite resources.


2021 CDBG Advisory Board



Rebecca Roman

Ward One

Lisa Cannon

Ward Two

Charlie Giannoni

Ward Three

Alex Farrell

Ward Four

Nancy Stetson

Ward Five

Caroline Hauser

Ward Six

Maricela Constantino

Ward Seven

Hannah King

Ward Eight







Jane Helmstetter

State of Vermont



Zoraya Hightower (ex officio)

City Council Community Development Committee
Brian Pine (ex officio) City Council Community Development Committee
Sarah Carpenter (ex officio) City Council Community Development Committee


2021 CDBG Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes:


Draft Agenda 3 17 21   Remote Meeting by Zoom Wednesday 17th March 2021, 6:00pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88564724279?pwd=Sy9RNTEvTVEvOVFSYUFuVUozM1NzQT09 Passcode: 095658

Draft Minutes 2 23 21

Draft Agenda February 23rd 2021   Remote Meeting by zoom Tuesday February 23rd 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83582961222

Draft Minutes 2 9 21

Draft Agenda February 9th 2021  Tuesday 9th February, 2021 6-9 pm.  Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84470969234?pwd=S0JjNzAxeTYveWNtUXNISFFlNG5sUT09