Citywide Economic Development Support

The City of San Diego's Citywide Economic Development Support (CEDS) program provides Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds through a merit-based application process to qualified nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. Qualifying organizations produce significant programs and events that improve the City's economy by boosting tourism and attracting industry on a citywide basis.

The general requirements and conditions for the allocation of TOT funding for the CEDS program are outlined in PDF icon City Council Policy 100-03.

The CEDS application will generally be made available in January. The applications are reviewed  and recommendations are submitted as part of the annual budget. City Council will typically consider the recommendations during City Council budget hearings. The recommendations are finalized when the City's annual appropriation ordinance is adopted in June or July. Visit Economic Development Funding Programs to learn about other opportunities.

New in Fiscal Year 2018

All applications must be submitted electronically via the City’s SeamlessDocs portal on or before Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by 12:00 p.m. The application plus all required attachments must be completed at the time of submission.

NOTE: Applicants have reported getting an error message upon submission. If you receive an error message, please contact Economic Development immediately at 619-236-6700 or [email protected] to confirm we have received your application.

Please note that the SeamlessDocs site is optimized for use with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari. Only one Login/Username per organization when using SeamlessDocs. Do not test the “Sign and Submit” or “Finalize and Submit buttons – once submitted your application cannot be reopened. Required documents are to be saved and submitted in the order listed on the application and as one PDF document.

Application and Guidelines Workshop (March 1, 2017)

PDF icon Workshop Presentation (PDF)

Other resources

PDF icon FY2018 Funding Prohibited Expenses (PDF)
PDF icon Industry Sector Information & Middle Income Jobs Wage Range (PDF)