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Community Development Block Grant Application Process

(updated 10/01/2021)

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 2023 CDBG NOFA

The Economic Development Department will be releasing the Fiscal Year 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) available to nonprofit organizations on September 24, 2021.

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submittal deadline will be October 22, 2021 at 5 p.m. (PDT). All applicant organizations are required to submit their qualifications in response to the RFQ by completing an online application on ED Grants. Once an organization is determined to be “qualified” during the RFQ process, it will be invited to submit projects proposals. Organizations that do not submit their qualifications by the deadline or are subsequently deemed "not qualified" via the RFQ review, will be precluded from submitting project proposals for funding consideration.

Applicant organizations are invited to attend RFQ technical assistance appointments, where staff will answer questions about the RFQ application(s). These sessions are limited to 30 minutes only and will be allotted on a first come, first served basis. Each nonprofit organization is allowed to schedule up to one appointment for technical assistance. Reserve your appointment at this link. 

Organizations interested in learning more about the CDBG application process with the City of San Diego can view a recording of our virtual RFQ workshop held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Although the workshop is not mandatory, first-time applicants and new organizations are strongly recommended to view the workshop using the link below.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released to qualified organizations on November 8, 2021, and the RFP submittal deadline will be December 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. (PDT)


Useful RFQ Links/Resources:

FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act RFPs (Round 2)

    The City is currently reviewing responses to the Requests for Proposals (RFP) from "qualified" organizations via ED Grants as of August 13, 2021. Only organizations deemed "qualified" by the City via the FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act RFQ phase were authorized to submit project proposals for funding consideration. The deadline to submit responses to the RFP was September 7, 2021 by 5 p.m. (PST)

    Information regarding the RFP phase, as well as the scoring criteria that was used to evaluate and score proposals, may be accessed below. Interested parties may reference the FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV) RFP Timeline for next steps.

    Useful RFP Links/Resources:

    FY 2022 CDBG Subrecipient Info

    Organizations that were successfully awarded CDBG funding in FY 2022 are required to familiarize themselves with the FY 2022 CDBG Operating Manual, as well as view a recording of the FY 2022 CDBG Reporting Workshop Video

    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.