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Community Development Block Grant Program

Community Development Block Grant Application Process

(updated 3/21/2024)

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’s Fiscal Year 2025 CDBG RFP is now closed. 

The RFQ submittal deadline was November 9, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PST). All applicant organizations were required to submit their qualifications in response to the RFQ by completing an online application on ED Grants. City staff reviewed and notified organizations of their RFQ determination on December 4, 2023. Organizations determined to be “qualified” during the RFQ process were invited to submit project proposals via the RFP phase.  All organizations invited to submit project proposals via the RFP were required to attend the FY 2025 CDBG RFP Virtual Workshop held on December 12, 2023. The RFP was released on December 15, 2023, with a submittal deadline of January 19, 2024. 

City staff conducted an initial review of the FY 2025 RFP proposals, and proposal materials were made available to the Consolidated Plan Advisory Board (CPAB) for their review and scoring on February 7, 2024. Scoring results were posted on the CDBG website and emailed to the interest list on March 7, 2024. The FY 2025 RFP scores were ratified by CPAB on March 13, 2024, and will be forwarded to City Council for approval on April 22, 2024. 

Organizations interested in learning more about the CDBG application process with the City of San Diego can view a recording of the virtual RFQ workshop and FY 2025 CDBG NOFA resources linked below. 

FY 2025 CDBG NOFA Links/Resources

Useful FY 2024 CDBG Subrecipient 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

Other Important Documents to Review

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.

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.

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