Community Development Block Grant Programs

The Town of Southbridge is a "mini-entitlement" community of the Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). CDBG projects must serve persons of low/moderate income or correct slums and blight. We work in target areas; We have two slum and blight target areas at this time: The Downtown Area and the Globe Village Area. We have three low and moderate-income areas within which we are currently working: the Morris/Coombs Neighborhood, the Worcester/ Henry Neighborhood, and our most recent addition, the Crane-Main section of town. Updated June 15, 2021

250-000-CDBG-CV Microenterprise Assistance Grant funding to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19: Applications for eligible microenterprise businesses are now available by going to the CDC grant website. To learn more or for help applying, please email the QVCDC, or call: 413-967-3001. Background: The Town of Southbridge has been awarded a 250-000-CDBG-CV grant (funded by HUD through the Federal CARES Act, and administered at the state level by MA DHCD) to provide assistance to Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton microenterprises (businesses with 5 employees or fewer, including the owner) that have been impacted by the Coronavirus. We have partnered with the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) to help administer this program.

Next Grant Application FY2021

The Town of Southbridge is preparing its FY21 application in anticipation of it becoming available in 2021. The last public hearing was held on August 19, 2021. Example infrastructure projects being proposed are:

  • Water line upgrades in the Crane-Main Target Area.
  • Lighting/security improvements at McCann Fields.
  • Potential Urban Renewal Area projects

The Town encourages any member of the public to watch the recording of our public hearing August 19 2021: View the CDBG FY21 Public Hearing.

Grant Year FY2019

Project(s) to be funded: Main Street Roadway and Signal Improvements, Hire Part-Time Code Enforcement Officer(s) and Commercial Improvements (signs/awning/facades) in the Downtown Target area and Globe Village.

Main Street Roadway and Signal Improvements

Contractor JH Lynch won the bid of $2,415,056, of which $590,931 will be paid using CDBG funds towards signalization and surface improvements. This project is on-going. Forgive the construction while we work to improve our downtown.

Hire a Part-Time Code Enforcement Officer

The Code Enforcement Officer(s) will hold landlords accountable to repairing and maintaining their buildings, which will assist in the elimination of slum and blight on an area basis. Measurable outcomes include:

  • Decrease incidents of health and safety issues that impact quality of life for residents and visibly affect the look of the neighborhood in a negative way
  • Ensure compliance with Local, State and Federal Regulations and enforce codes
  • Correct code enforcement violations identified during inspections
  • Increase code enforcement at previously foreclosed properties that have since been purchased by investors
  • Preserve the overall neighborhood character, and ensure that residents maintain regulations and keep to community standards.
  • Attract new businesses and improve the economic health of the Town.
  • To learn more about achievements met through this program contact the Inspections Department 508-764-5412.

Commercial Improvements (Signs/ Awnings / Facades) in the Downtown Target Area and Globe Village

In an effort to spruce up the downtown and Globe Village businesses, the Town of Southbridge is providing a forgivable loan for production and installation of signs/ awnings at 22 Hamilton and 57 Central Street (abutters to our Central Street Parking Lot), 1-11 Central Street, 300 Main Street, and 856 Main Street.

Grant Year FY2020 

The Town of Southbridge was awarded its FY20 application in January 2021 for the following projects, and is completing the start-up requirements for the grant to then be able to access the funds, hopefully by June:

  • West Street paving, sidewalk, drainage, water, and sewer improvements
  • McCann field upgrades
  • Code Enforcement

For more information about the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, email Peg Dean or contact by phone at 508-764-5402,

Community Development Documents