Community Development

*NEW* October 21, 2020



Community Development Block Grant-CV (CARES ACT FUNDING)

The City of Norwich Office of Community Development is accepting Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) applications for Program Year 45 as a 2nd substantial amendment to our current 2019-2020 annual plan.   Funding is available in the amount of $544,143.


Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Community Development Office, 23 Union St., Norwich, CT. Applicants must submit 1 original, 10 copies (only one copy hard copy of financials and one electronic copy) and 1 electronic version of their application.  The electronic version need only contain Parts I, II & III (Microsoft Word document) Copies must be double sided and be on pre-punched, 3-hole paper.  Please note that there are 2 different applications. The “Public Service” version should be used for programs benefiting low to moderate-income clientele. The “Non-Public Service” version should be used for public facilities improvements, economic development, rehabilitation and preservation activities whose service population is low to moderate-income clientele AND ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO COVID-19 PREVENTIONS, PREPARATION OR RESPONSE. 

Applications and program guidelines are available at  or by email request to

We reserve the right to refuse applications that are incomplete and/or do not include necessary documentation.  Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Public Meeting Notice

For the public review and comment of:
DRAFT Five Year Consolidated Plan for program years September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2024;

DRAFT Annual Action Plan for program year September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021.

The City of Norwich, through the Office of Community Development, has prepared its DRAFT Five Year Consolidated Plan for the program years September 1, 2020-August 31, 2024 and its DRAFT Annual Action Plan for program year September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.  The DRAFT Plans outline the strategy and planned expenditures of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula grant program received by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Plans will be available for a 30-day public review period beginning July 10, 2020 through August 11, 2020.

Copies will be available for public review online at and interested parties can request a copy by calling 860-823-3770. 

Due to COVID-19, the City of Norwich will also be holding a ZOOM call Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM to receive live comments on the plans. 

Topic: Public Hearing for 5 Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Plan
Time: Aug 4, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 817 0932 1105       Passcode: 749558

Dial by your location        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Interested parties are also invited to submit written comments concerning these documents by 4:00 PM on August 10, 2020. Questions or comments can be directed to:

Kathryn Crees
Office of Community Development*
23 Union Street
Norwich, CT 06360 or to

Please contact the Office of Community Development at 860-823-3770 for additional information. 


The department contributes to the overall economic and community development of the City of Norwich through administering and creating programs that, among other activities, benefit low and moderate-income residents.

The Department of Community Development contributes to Norwich development by investing in infrastructure and revitalization projects. The department simultaneously assists individual residents by administering programs that foster financial stability.  The department seeks to make investments based on the Five-Year Consolidated Plan as categorized below:

Provide Decent Affordable Housing

  • Programs that increase homeownership opportunities as well as promote code improvement and energy efficient housing

Create a Suitable Living Environment

  • Activities addressing quality of life issues that encourage collaboration and foster a sense of community on a city-wide scale

Expand Economic Opportunities for Low-to-Moderate Income Residents

  • Proposals that provide a measurable increase in job creation through business retention/expansion/creation
  • Proposals that will create an improved skill set and result in direct employment or business creation