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Community Development Block Grant Application Process

(updated 01/13/2021)

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. 

Additional CDBG CARES Act Funds

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provided $5 billion for the federal CDBG program to readily respond to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by it, including the expansion of community health facilities, childcare centers, food banks, and senior services. The CARES Act included the elimination of the CDBG 15% cap on public service activities.  As a result, by Resolution R-313042, effective May 21, 2020, the San Diego City Council allocated an additional $3.5 million of CDBG funds for public service activities to prevent, prepare for or respond to the COVID-19 emergency. In an effort to help our nonprofit partners efficiently allocate their time, we will be combining the CARES Act Public Service NOFA process with the FY 2022 CDBG NOFA process. 


The FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) was released on September 25, 2020. The deadline to submit qualifications was October 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. (PST). Organizations that did not submit their qualifications by the deadline, or were subsequently deemed "not qualified" via the RFQ review, were precluded from submitting project proposals for FY 2022 CDBG and/or CDBG CARES Act funding consideration. All applicant organizations were 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 FY 2022 CDBG RFQ Handbook.

Useful RFQ Links/Resources:

RFQ Workshop Sessions

Organizations interested in applying for FY 2022 CDBG and/or CDBG CARES Act funds were highly recommended to attend a virtual session of the FY 2022 CDBG / CDBG CARES Act RFQ workshop. The virtual session was recorded for organizations unable to attend the live virtual session to view on their own schedule. The requirements and process for applying for grant funds were covered. There was also a chance to ask questions at the end of the workshop.

Location Session Date Workshop Time

FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Virtual RFQ Workshop


September 21, 2020

Live Session

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
2 Archived meeting At viewer leisure


    The City began accepting responses to the Requests for Proposals (RFP) from "qualified" organizations via ED Grants on November 9, 2020. Only organizations deemed "qualified" by the City via the FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act RFQ phase will be authorized to submit project proposals for funding consideration. The deadline to submit responses to the RFP is December 18, 2020 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:

    Mandatory RFP Workshop Sessions (Tentative)

    Organizations deemed “qualified” via the RFQ phase were required to attend a virtual session of the Mandatory FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act RFP Workshop. Failure to attend the workshop disqualifies an organization from receiving CDBG funds per PDF icon San Diego Council Policy 700-02

    Location Session Date Workshop Time

    FY 2022 CDBG and CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Virtual RFP Workshop

    1 Thursday, November 19, 2020

    Live Session

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    2 Monday, December 3, 2020

    Live Make-Up Session

    1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 

    FY 2021 CDBG Subrecipient Info

    Organizations that were successfully awarded CDBG funding in FY 2021 are required to familiarize themselves with the FY 2021 CDBG Operating Manual, as well as view a recorded FY 2021 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.