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Community Development Block Grant Application Process

(updated 05/25/2022)

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.


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 released 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 was extended from October 22, 2021, to November 5, 2021, 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. Organizations determined to be “qualified” during the RFQ process were invited to submit project proposals through the Request for Proposals (RFP) application, made available on December 3, 2021. The RFP submission deadline was January 10, 2022, at 5 p.m. (PDT) (previously December 17, 2021).

As part of the RFP process, qualified organizations were invited to attend RFP technical assistance appointments, where staff answered questions about the RFP application(s). These sessions were limited to 30 minutes only and were allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The FY 2023 RFP applications were reviewed internally by EDD staff and sent to CPAB on January 31, 2022. All completed scores using the ED Grants portal were due from the CPAB members by March 4, 2022. The average score for each proposal was calculated, and projects were ranked by individual RFP category in descending order. The ranked project listings were posted on the City’s CDBG webpage and emailed to the CDD distribution lists. The funding recommendations are based on the highest scoring applications and the budget currently available to fully fund proposed activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPAB met virtually on March 15, 2022, to ratify the scores and funding recommendations.

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

Organizations interested in learning more about the CDBG application process with the City of San Diego can view a recording of our virtual FY 2023 RFQ & RFP workshops using the links below.


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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.