The U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides federal funding to locally directed community development initiatives. Communities can plan and implement critical community development, housing, and social service programs and projects. Nationally, approximately $2 - $4 billion has been distributed to cities, towns and counties each year.
Beginning in 2007 Cumberland County became a direct recipient of CDBG program funds, and in so doing, joined hundreds of cities and counties throughout the country in funding locally directed community development initiatives. Cumberland County is the very 1st county in New England to participate directly in the CDBG program.
Currently 25 cities and towns in Cumberland County participate in the program. The City of South Portland and the town of Bridgton participate in the Cumberland County program while maintaining operational and administrative independence for their own community development program activities. The remaining 23 cities and towns compete for grants for local projects and collaborate on region-wide activities.
HUD CDBG allocations to the Cumberland County program over the program's history:
2013 (Year 7): $1,435,000 (estimation)
2012 (Year 6): $1,439,335
2011 (Year 5): $1,543,926
2010 (Year 4): $1,849,093
2009 (Year 3): $1,476,223
2008 (Year 2): $1,458,560
2007 (Year 1): $1,462,123