Grant Opportunities

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Letter of Interest Due to Talbot County by:

  Friday, September 3, 2021, 3:30 PM

Those letters received after the designated date/time will not be considered and will be returned unopened.

Maximum amount: $800,000

Non-profit organizations interested in seeking County Council consideration to receive Community Development Block Grant funding must submit a formal letter identifying the amount of funding requested, a justification for the need for the funds, and a summary of how the proposed funding will be used to address the needs and beneficiaries identified below. An original signed letter shall be addressed to:

     Chuck Callahan, Talbot County Council President
     C/O Mary Kay Verdery, Grants Administrator
     Talbot County Courthouse
     11 N. Washington Street
     Easton, MD 21601     

Requests may also be emailed to the Grants Administrator, Mary Kay Verdery at Please enter “CDBG Grant Consideration” in the subject line. Acknowledgement of receipt of consideration letter will be sent within 3-7 business days.

In accordance with the CDBG Program Policies and Procedures Manual, Talbot County shall provide a review and comment period and conduct at least one public hearing prior to submission of an application for a CDBG project. The County Council hearing on a resolution authorizing submission of an application for a specific project(s) and amount of funds being requested will be held in September and advertised in The Star Democrat.

All CDBG applications are accepted on a competitive basis. 


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal grant for housing and community development projects that benefit low-and moderate-income persons. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the authorized representative regarding oversight and management of the CDBG program. DHCD gives local jurisdictions power to distribute federal funds to non-profit and public agencies that support housing and public service programs. A primary objective of CDBG is to develop viable communities by providing low-to moderate-income families with decent, affordable housing and to expand local economic opportunities. 

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition of real property
  • Relocation and demolition
  • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structure
  • Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
  • Public services, within certain limits
  • Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
  • Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities

Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available. Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:

  • Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government
  • Political activities
  • Certain income payments
  • Construction of new housing (with some exceptions)


Application eligibility to specific programs may vary. Community Development applications are accepted once a year through a competitive process. Special Project Applications can be submitted any time of year after written approval has been received from DHCD.

More information, to include CDBG program guidelines, may be found on the DHCD website.

Talbot County applicants may also consider applying through CDBG eligible municipalities to include the Towns of Easton, Oxford, St. Michaels, Trappe or Queen Anne.


     Mary Kay Verdery, Grants Administrator
     Talbot County Courthouse
     11 N. Washington Street
     Easton, MD 21601
     Phone: 410-770-8002



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