How to Apply and Who Decides

How To Apply for CDBG 


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are awarded on an annual basis, the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is released in December for grant funds that will be available the following July 1st. Please see detailed information regarding CDBG eligiblity in the 2023 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. 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 19, 2023 at 4:00 pm.

A virtual Application Workshop for applicants is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2022, time 10:00 AM.   https://zoom.us/j/92406785331

Applications should be emailed to:


Christine Curtis, ccurtis@burlingtonvt.gov

Subject: CDBG 2023


For special accommodations or more information, please contact Christine Curtis at 802-735-7002


Application Workshop presentation:

2023 CDBG presentation 

Application and attachments available for download:

2023 CDBG Application PDF

2023 CDBG Application Word


2023 COI Attachment PDF

2023 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 2023 Board which will meet during January, February, and March to review the 2022 applications. A Public Hearing before City Council will be held in 2023, 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.


2023 CDBG Advisory Board



Cindy Cook

Ward One


Ward Two

Alison Spasyk

Ward Three

Julie West

Ward Four

Ilona Blanchard

Ward Five

Willa Harris

Ward Six

Lee Morrigan

Ward Seven


Ward Eight

Muffie Milens


Drake Turner




Kerri Duquette-Hoffman

State of Vermont



Zoraya Hightower (ex officio)

City Council Community Development Committee
Joe Magee (ex officio) City Council Community Development Committee
Sarah Carpenter (ex officio) City Council Community Development Committee


2023 CDBG Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes:


Coming soon!