Community Development


The Community Development Department is committed to improving Fitchburg's quality of life and enhancing its economic competitiveness by revitalizing neighborhoods, building community and strengthening the commercial sector. 

The Department is compromised of three divisions- Planning, Economic Development, and Housing & Development- and aims to achieve its mission by focusing on data-informed decision-making, collaboration, community engagement and strategic planning.


Developing long-term plans for the City's future (e.g. Vision 2020, Economic Development Strategic Vision)

Provide staffing supports for various boards and commissions (e.g. Planning Board, Conservation Commission)

Provide supports and technical assistance to existing businesses

Engaging in troubleshooting and outreach to prospective businesses

Facilitating the Neighborhood Improvement through Code Enforcement (N.I.C.E) Task Force, an interdepartmental effort focused on problem properties in Fitchburg

Administering capacity-building grants to City Departments and partner agencies

Administering programs to improve the quality of Fitchburg's housing stock (e.g. Lead paint, Homeowner Rehab, etc.)

Managing large community projects (e.g. Demolition, Rail Trails, etc.)

Supporting departmental and community-wide capacity-building through grant-writing

Year 45 CDBG Applications Now Available

The City of Fitchburg’s Department of Community Development is soliciting and accepting Community Development Block Grant, (CDBG) applications for year 45- July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.  Completed applications should be returned with an original signature no later than Friday, January 4, 2019 by 4:30 PM.  The PDF application is here, for an electronic Word version of the application, please send your email request to:

During the preparation of the City’s most recent five year consolidated plan, a needs assessment was completed.  Attached here are the City's top priorities of needs that could be addressed through the City’s CDBG program.  We strongly encourage you to consider this when completing your application.

The City will hold a Community Input meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Avenue.  This will be an opportunity to ask questions, provide input and discuss unmet/under-served needs or changing priorities of the community. 

The full CDBG application schedule is here.

Other things to consider when applying are here.

Our legal notice with estimated funds available in English and Espanol is here

For additional information please contact Liz Murphy at 978-829-1897 or