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Community Development Block Grant Application Process

(updated 11/22/2022)

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.

CDBG Annual NOFA

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 2024 CDBG NOFA

The Economic Development Department released the Fiscal Year 2024 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) available to nonprofit organizations on September 23, 2022.

Due to unexpected technical issues with our online application form, the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submittal deadline was extended from November 4, 2022, to November 10, 2022, at 5 p.m. (PDT). All applicant organizations were required to submit their qualifications in response to the RFQ by completing an online application on ED Grants. Department staff is currently reviewing the RFQ applications. Organizations determined to be “qualified” during the RFQ process will be invited to submit project proposals through the Request for Proposals (RFP) application, made available on November 30, 2022. The RFP submission deadline will be January 13, 2023, at 5 p.m. (PST).

Applicant organizations deemed qualified to submit an RFP applicaiton will be invited to attend a mandatory RFP Virtual Workshop and technical assistance appointments, where staff will answer questions about the RFP application. The TA sessions are limited to 30 minutes only and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please see the link below for full details on the NOFA timeline.

FY 2024 CDBG Subrecipient Links/Resources:

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Useful FY 2023 CDBG Subrecipient Links/Resources:

Useful Agreement Execution 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.