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Economic Development

Community Resources

The Economic Development Department strives to improve all communities throughout the City of San Diego. The City of San Diego provides various community-based programs and services throughout the City, but the Economic Development Department administers the following programs:

Bridge to Home

San Ysidro Senior Village
San Ysidro Senior Village

The City of San Diego's award-winning affordable housing program was created to provide gap financing for qualified developers. Interested developers need to be deemed qualified first, and can go to this Request for Qualifications page for more information:

Bridge to Home RFQ Page

To view upcoming Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Bridge to Home program, please visit the main Bridge to Home webpage:

Bridge to Home 

CDBG

Kitchens for Good
Kitchens for Good’s Project Launch program teaches low-income individuals skills to enter the culinary industry. The program was allocated $180,000 in CDBG funding for Fiscal Year 2024.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds a variety of housing, community, and economic development projects and programs that benefit low-to-moderate income populations and areas.

Funding is primarily allocated to nonprofits who have been deemed qualified during the Request for Qualification (RFQ) phase of the application process during that fiscal year. The link below lists the qualifications:

CDBG RFQ Process

For more information about the CDBG program, please visit the CDBG webpage or email the cdbg@sandiego.gov mailbox. 

Promise Zone

Promise Zone snapshot
On February 7, 2024, City staff presented to the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee a summary of Promise Zone accomplishments since 2017. To view the meeting, please click here. 

The San Diego Promise Zone is a federally designated area that spans from East Village and Barrio Logan east to Encanto and is home to the City's most culturally rich and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Promise Zone partners include local government agencies, community-based organizations, direct service providers, investors, residents, and business owners. They collaboratively streamline resources and deliver comprehensive support to improve the quality of life of residents. 

For more information, please visit the Promise Zone website.

Other Funding Opportunities

City Departments

In addition to the resources above, the City offers different funding opportunities for a variety of projects and programs.

Arts, Culture, & Community Festivals: City Council Offices annually award nonprofits that promote local arts and culture

CPPS Funding: The Community Projects, Programs, and Services Funding Program are awarded to nonprofits and public agencies for one-time community, social, environmental, cultural, and recreational needs that serve lawful public purposes.

Commission of Arts and Culture: The Commission of Arts and Culture awards for arts and cultural activities. The City strives to advance and drive an equitable and inclusive creative economy.