About Our Grants

Our Department receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administers those grants to non-profits who work directly with residents of Howard County.  The County receives Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds.

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Grants Technical Assistance

For additional guidance, support and technical assistance with the grants administered by our Department, please sign-up for technical assistance by clicking here. Spaces will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. You must sign-up at least 30-minutes prior to your intended appointment time. A Microsoft Teams meeting invitation will follow after you sign-up. Please come to your session prepared with the specific questions you would like addressed.

*Note these sessions are intended for our grant subrecipients only (non-profits and community-based organizations). We do not award grants directly to residents.


The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) invites all interested residents, community groups, agencies and non-profit organizations to attend a Public Meeting regarding the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs and the development of the FFY2023 Annual Action Plan.

The Action Plan is the County’s yearly application that is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding under the CDBG and HOME Programs.  It is anticipated that Howard County will receive approximately $1,330,978.00 in CDBG funds and $539,623.00 in HOME funds for the FFY2023 Program Year. 

The CDBG and HOME programs provide funds that enable Howard County and local organizations to carry out a variety of housing and community development activities intended to principally benefit low- to moderate-income residents. Activities may include but are not limited to housing rehabilitation, homeownership assistance, economic development, public facility acquisition or rehabilitation and public service opportunities.  Organizations that intend to apply for funding are required to attend this public meeting which will include a brief pre-submission application review. 

The Public Needs Hearing will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 1:30 PM, at the Howard County Community Resource Campus, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Training Room 211, Columbia MD 21046.

Applications for funding will be available immediately following the meeting.  The application will also be available at the Howard County Housing administrative office at the address noted below and on this webpage by Thursday, January 5th. The Application submission deadline is Wednesday, February 01, 2023 at 3:30 pm.

If you cannot attend the meeting or would like additional information regarding the development of the FFY2023 Annual Action Plan, please contact Elizabeth Meadows, Chief, Community Planning and Grants, at 410-313-6324, or email [email protected] or visit the Howard County Department of Housing & Community Development at 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 224, Columbia, MD 21046. 

Efforts will be made to accommodate the disabled and non-English speaking residents and sign language interpreter services will be available upon request with three (3) days advance notice to Quanita Kareem, Compliance Officer, DHCD at 410-313-3386 or email [email protected].


Interested in applying for CDBG, HOME, or Fee-in-Lieu Program funds for the upcoming program year? If yes download the appropriate application below. If you need a Microsoft Word  version of the application, you can email Elizabeth Meadows at [email protected]

Applications are due on or before February 1, 2023  no later than 3:30pm

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

To complete the CDBG and HOME program year, the County reports annually on the progress it has made toward its Consolidate Plan goal in the Consolidate Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER describes Howard County’s affordable housing and community development activities carried out over the past program year running from July 1st through June 30th each year. The CAPER also provides the community a concise breakdown of the federal funds used for activities that were undertaken during the program year and an evaluation of the County’s progress in carrying out the goals and objectives as stated in the Five Year Consolidated Plan.

Annual Action Plan (AAP)

In accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing and community development programs, Howard County has prepared its FFY2022 Annual Action Plan in accordance with its five -year Consolidated Plan for FFY2020-2024.  This Action Plan outlines how the County will use federal resources to address the current housing and community development needs of our low to moderate income population, while remaining aligned with the goals outlined in our Consolidated Plan.

Planning Documents

FFY2020 - FFY2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan

Howard County, MD is a federal entitlement community under the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME). In compliance with HUD regulations, the County must prepare a Consolidated Plan, every five years to assess its affordable housing and community development, economic development, and strategic planning needs. The needs and priorities identified in the Consolidated Plan are addresses annually through the Annual Action Plans which present what specific activities the County will accomplish with CDBG, HOME and other funding sources. 

Click here to review the 5-Year Consolidated Plan.


Howard County Updated Citizen Participation Plan Amended April 2020

In accordance with 24 CFR Part 91 of the federal regulations governing the Consolidated and Annual Action Plans and Howard County’s Citizen Participation Plan, notice is hereby given that the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is proposing to amend its FFY19 Annual Action Plans. Click here for a copy of the County’s Citizen Participation Plan.




HOME Program Policy Guide

Howard County’s Department of Housing and Community Development staff have created a HOME Investment Partnership Program  Policy and Procedure Guide as mandated by the 2013  HOME Program Rule.  For any questions related to this guide, please email the HOME Specialist, Maggie Carnegie at [email protected] 

Annual Grant Applications

Interested in applying for a grant from the CDBG, HOME or MIHU Fee-In- Lieu programs. Here is a sample of grant applications that the County used for FFY23/ FY24. Applications are due by February 1, 2023 @ 3:30pm 

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