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Community Development Block Grant Application Process

(updated 02/20/2020)

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. 

FY 2021 RFQ Phase

The FY2021 RFQ phase will be released on September 23, 2019. The deadline to submit FY2021 qualifications will be October 18, 2019 at 5 p.m. (PDT). Organizations that do not submit their qualifications by the deadline, or are subsequently deemed "not qualified" via the RFQ phase, will be precluded from submitting project proposals for FY2021 CDBG funding consideration. All applicant organizations are required to submit their qualifications in response to the RFQ by completing an online application on ED Grants. Information on the RFQ phase, including requirements, a preview of the application questions, detailed instructions and technical assistance appointments, are available by downloading the FY2021 CDBG RFQ Handbook.

Useful RFQ Links/Resources:

RFQ Workshop Sessions

Organizations interested in applying to the FY 2021 CDBG NOFA are highly recommended to attend one session of the FY2021 CDBG RFQ workshops. The requirements and process for applying for FY 2021 will be covered. There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the workshop. 

Location Session Date Workshop Time

Skyline Hills Branch Library
7900 Paradise Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92139

1 Wednesday,
September 18, 2019
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
2 Wednesday,
September 18, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

FY 2021 RFP Phase

    The City will begin accepting project proposals from "qualified" organizations via ED Grants on November 4, 2019. Only organizations deemed "qualified" by the City via the FY2021 CDBG RFQ phase will be authorized to submit project proposals for FY2021 CDBG funding consideration. The deadline to submit the RFP is December 20, 2019 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 2021 CDBG RFP Timeline for next steps.

    Useful RFP Links/Resources:



    Mandatory RFP Workshop Sessions (Tentative)

    Organizations deemed “qualified” via the RFQ phase are required to attend one of two sessions of the Mandatory FY 2021 CDBG RFP Workshop scheduled for November 6-7, 2019 at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library. Failure to attend the workshop disqualifies an organization from receiving CDBG funds for FY2021 per PDF icon San Diego Council Policy 700-02. RSVPs are required.

    Location Session Date Workshop Time

    Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library
    5148 Market Street
    San Diego, CA 92114

    1 Wednesday,
    November 6, 2019

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

    1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Optional)

    2 Thursday,
    November 7, 2019

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  (Optional)

    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 [email protected].

    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.


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