CDBG-CV CARES Act Funding Overview

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law and made available a total of $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG-CV) to be used for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

An allocation of $472,845 in CDBG-CV funds was awarded to the City of Hagerstown and following an application process this funding was made available in the form of grants to the following non-profits to carry out eligible public service activities:

  • Girls' Inc. of Washington County: $21,100.00
  • Washington County Commission on Aging: $17,300.00
  • Washington County Community Action Council: $435,482.69

Federal HUD Regulations

To be considered for CDBG-CV funding a program or project must meet the following National Objective:

  • Benefit to Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Persons: to qualify for funding under the LMI category, the persons or households served must have income levels at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) as set forth in the chart below.  Programs that serve special needs populations, including the elderly or disabled, are usually considered to be a presumed benefit as these populations are principally considered to be low-to-moderate income.

Eligible Activities

The following activities will be eligible to receive CDBG-CV program funds (please note that for each of these eligible activities the low-to-moderate income individual receiving benefit would need to demonstrate pandemic related hardship to qualify):

  • Housing stability programs for utility relief, rent relief payments, mortgage relief (up to three months) for low-to-moderate income households living within the City of Hagerstown;
  • Other housing stability/homeless prevention activities; and
  • Food assistance programs.

Reasonable administration expenses incurred for carrying out the proposed public service activity will also be considered an eligible use of funds (not to exceed 15% of the grant award).

Priority Ineligible Activities

The following activities will be considered ineligible to receive CDBG-CV program funds:

  • Any activity that is not directly related to the prevention of, preparation of, or response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Any activity that does not benefit a majority low-to-moderate income persons;
  • Reimbursement for expenses that have already been accrued (other than utility/rental/mortgage assistance);
  • Income payments for more than three (3) consecutive months;
  • Supplanting or substituting expenses currently paid for by other sources;
  • Political activities and lobbying;
  • Purchase of equipment, specifically for construction but also including fire protection equipment, furnishings, and personal properties; and
  • Maintenance expenses.

CDBG-CV Questions

Any questions or concerns about the CDBG-CV application or CDBG-CV funding in general can be directed to Mr. Jonathan Kerns, Community Development Manager, at or (301) 739-8577 ext. 134.

Additional information about the CDBG-CV funding allocations as provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can be found at

Income Determination Chart