Program Information & Applications

Department Contact: 

Sandy Warren, Community Development Coordinator 

South Portland Community Development Office 

496 Ocean Street South Portland, Maine 04106



See below for specific year program announcements, application materials, and supplemental information specific to the City program. To discuss any future projects you have in mind, or to ask any questions Contact Sandra Warren at (207) 699-1905 or



 City of South Portland PY2021 Community Development Block Grant Applications are now closed. Thank you to all of our applicants. For an application timeline please click the link below titled Program Year   


Program Year Schedule

The City of South Portland Community Development program typically accepts applications for the upcoming program year beginning in November with a due date in January. Applications are then reviewed by City staff and the Community Development Advisory Committee, who develop funding recommendations for the City Council. Grant funds become available July 1stProgram Year Fall 2020 - Through Spring 2021 Revised 1.6.21.pdf . Please note due to COVID-19 our schedule for this year is subject to change per executive orders in place. 


Application Material

Please click on the program below to download an application. Links to the applications are available each year in November.  

The City program currently offers applications for funding in the following categories:

1)  Public Facilities and Infrastructure 

 Eligible activities would include streetscape improvements, playgrounds, parks, water & sewer lines, infrastructure to support affordable housing development, senior or youth centers, community buildings, and handicap accessibility improvements.  Buildings owned and operated by non-profit entities can also qualify for this category of funding if the facility is available to the general public or serves primarily low-moderate income clientele. *Please note we do have a required Expenditure match of at least 10% (Monetary or Labor)


2)  Public Services                                 

Eligible activities would include administration, operating costs, and program material expenses for childcare, health care, job training, recreation programs, educational programs, public safety services, fair housing, senior citizen services, homeless services, drug abuse counseling, and treatment. The amount of funds available for Public Services is capped at 15% of the annual allocation. Public services must either benefit a low/mod area (“Area Benefit”, or servicing a Census Block that is >50.20% low income), a specific group of people that can be certified as low/mod (“limited clientele”), or a “presumed benefit” group, which is a group that is assumed by HUD to be predominately low/moderate-income (such as battered spouses, severely disabled adults, the elderly, or people with AIDS.) *Please note we do have a required Expenditure match of at least 5% (Monetary or Labor)* 


3) Planning 

Eligible activities would include studies, analysis, data gathering, and preparation of plans and implementation strategy. These plans could be for individual projects, community development plans, neighborhood plans, environmental or historic preservation studies, or other similar activities. The amount of funds available for planning is capped along with administration at 20% of the annual allocation.


The City also offers applications for housing rehabilitation/weatherization, downtown revitalization, and economic development projects upon request.

  ****You must submit an electronic version of your application to no later than January 04,2021 at 4PM. Late applications will not be accepted. Hard copies are still required, however I ask that you mail these in rather than drop them off.  Hard Copies of your application should be received in a timely manner, and applications should plan accordingly.  The Planning & Code office is closed to the general public unless you have a  scheduled appointment. If you need to drop off your hard copy, you may do so by placing your application in the drobox located outside of the Planning & Code Department adjacent to the front doors 

Low/Moderate Income Areas

This map identifies the Census Block Groups in South Portland where over 50.20% if households are low-moderate income. By meeting this threshold, projects that serve or benefit these areas can qualify for CDBG on an area basis. South Portland Low-mod income areas Map.pdf     


Income Limits

Projects that do not qualify for CDBG on an area-wide basis (do not provide a neighborhood benefit in a low-income area) can qualify for CDBG if they can be documented to show benefit to low/moderate-income households or individuals (“limited clientele”). The current qualifying low/moderate household income limits adjusted for household size are below. Limits represent 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), adjusted for household size. South Portland Income Limits 2020.pdf