Community Planning and Grants

DHCD Grant Items

FFY2019 and FY20 Request for Proposals

Please download the application of the program to which you intend to apply.  You can email grant staff at for a Microsoft Word version if the application if necessary.

FFY2019 Annual Action Plan Needs Survey

Howard County is in the process of preparing its FFY 2019 Annual Action Plan(AAP). To help inform the preparation of this plan, the County requests input from advocates and service providers.  The County needs to prepare the AAP in order to access Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program Federal Funds, which the County uses to serve the low- and moderate income population of Howard County. Your input is vital, so we strongly encourage you to not only complete the survey, but please share with any other service providers that work to create affordable housing and/or human service assistance programs. 

Click here to complete the survey. Thank you.

Public Notice/ Notice of Public Hearing (January 10, 2019)

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development will host a Public Meeting regarding the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs and the development of the FFY2019 Annual Action Plan.   This is the second opportunity for the public to comment on the County’s FFY2019 Annual Action Plan Process. 


At this meeting, Howard County will be announcing its Request for Proposals (RFP) as part of the FFY2019 Competitive Applications for Funding for both the HOME and CDBG Programs. The applications will be distributed after the Meeting.  You can view the Public Notice here.

FFY2017 DRAFT Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (FFY17 DRAFT CAPER)

The FFY2017 CAPER is a report mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for all communities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding. The CAPER reports the outcomes and accomplishments set forth in the County’s FFY17 Annual Action Plan. Click here to view the CAPER.

Approved FFY2018 Annual Action Plan

Howard County, MD receives annual allocations of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program funding from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be used for community development and affordable housing benefiting low-income residents of Howard County between 0-80% area median-income (AMI). 


In accordance with federal requirements for jurisdictions receiving funds from HUD for housing and community development programs, Howard County has prepared its FFY2018 Annual Action Plan, which is the 3rd Year of its four-year Consolidated Plan for FFY2016-2019. The Approved FFY2018 Annual Action Plan can be viewed by  clicking here.

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 click here to email the HOME Specialist.

Approved FFY2016-FFY2019 Consolidated Plan / FFY2016 Annual Action Plan

The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program that must be completed by the entitlement community every four (4) years.  The Howard County Four Year Consolidated Plan establishes the goals Howard County proposes for the next four (4) year period and outlines the specific initiatives the County will undertake to address these goals by encouraging the development of decent housing, promoting a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities.  The FFY16 Annual Action Plan is approved within the FFY16 Consolidated Plan.  The Annual Action Plan is also required by HUD and must be approved every year during the Approved Consolidated Plan time-frame.  The Annual Action Plan describes specific actions the County will take during the program year to implement the goals and objectives outlined in the Approved Consolidated Plan.