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Community Development Block Grant Application Process

(updated 09/28/2023)

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)                          

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Grant that the City receives to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The City of San Diego Economic Development Department administers these funds to partner organizations to support projects and programs that serve City of San Diego communities. Interested organizations can apply on an annual basis for this funding via the CDBG Annual NOFA process.


The City distributes a portion of its CDBG Entitlement through a process known as the Annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), which consists of two phases: the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) phase and the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase. Individuals may add their name and contact information to the CDBG email distribution list to receive up-to-date information about the Annual NOFA and other related programs.

Visit ED Grants to view information on currently open NOFAs and associated resources.

Fiscal Year 2025 CDBG NOFA

The Economic Development Department will release the Fiscal Year 2025 CDBG NOFA available to nonprofit organizations on October 9, 2023. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submittal deadline will be November 9, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PST).  Once the Fiscal Year 2025-2029 Consolidated Plan goals are approved by City Council, the Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released. The anticipated date of release is December 15, 2023 with a tentative submittal deadline of January 19, 2024.

The PDF icon FY 2025 CDBG RFQ Checklist is available to help interested organizations prepare all required documents for the release of the Fiscal Year 2025 CDBG NOFA. The listed requirements will need to be entered into our ED Grants application once released. Organizations interested in learning more about the CDBG application process with the City of San Diego can attend our virtual RFQ workshop. Although the workshop is not mandatory, first-time applicants and new organizations are strongly recommended to attend/view the workshop recording. The virtual workshop will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 10 a.m. (PDT) and can be accessed live through the following Zoom link (Meeting ID: 160 633 2485).

FY 2025 CDBG NOFA Links/Resources

Useful FY 2024 CDBG Subrecipient Links/Resources:

FY 2024 CDBG NOFA Links/Resources


Useful Links/Resources:

Previous Fiscal Year RFQ/RFP Documents

If you would like to view prior-year Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP) forms, please email the Community Development Division at CDBG@sandiego.gov.

Other Important Documents to Review

PDF icon Council Policy 700-02 — This policy establishes the general guidelines by which the City will select and implement activities utilizing CDBG funds.

HUD Regulations — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a set of regulations that must be followed in order to be eligible for CDBG funding.

PDF icon 2 CFR Part 200 — All federal fund subrecipients shall comply with the policies, guidelines, and requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards), which supersedes OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, and A-133.

PDF icon 24 CFR Part 84 — Uniform administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations.