Community Development Block Program (CDBG)

Contact

Application, General Program, and Standard Agreements Questions
CDBGNOFA@hcd.ca.gov

Purpose

CDBG Partners with rural cities and counties to improve the lives of their low- and moderate-income residents through the creation and expansion of community and economic development opportunities in support of livable communities.

HUD Objective:  The primary federal objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and through expanding economic opportunities, principally, for persons of low- and moderate-income. “Persons of low and moderate income” are defined as families, households, and individuals whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the county median income, adjusted for family or household size. 

Assistance Type

CDBG funds are provided as grants to non-entitlement jurisdictions. Grants can vary based on annual allocations and activity limits. Must address one of three national objectives:

  1. Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons
  2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight, or
  3. To meet an urgent need

Planning and Technical Assistance Grants (PTA) are available through the annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Eligible Applicants

Non-entitlement jurisdictions [cities with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000 in unincorporated areas that do not participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG entitlement program]; non-federally recognized Native American communities; and, Colonia as defined by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.

Eligible Activities

Community Development (CD)

Housing

  • Includes single- and multi-family rehabilitation, rental housing acquisition or homeownership assistance, and activities that support new housing construction.

Public Improvements

  • Includes water and wastewater systems, and rural utilities such as gas and electric services.

Community Facilities

  • Includes day care centers, domestic violence shelters, food banks, community centers, medical and dental facilities, and fire stations.

Public Services

  • Includes staff and operating costs associated with the community facilities.

Planning and Technical Assistance (PTA)

  • Includes studies and plans for housing, public works, and community facilities that meet CDBG national objectives and provide principal benefit to low-income persons.

Native American

  • Housing and housing-related activities.
  • Water, sewer, and housing.

Colonia

  • Housing, including single- and multi-family rehabilitation, rental housing acquisition or homeownership assistance, and activities that support new housing construction.

Economic Development (ED)

Enterprise Fund

  • Grants for loans to businesses for working capital, land acquisition, equipment purchase, inventory purchase, debt restructuring, and other direct assistance. Grants to support businesses by providing water and sewer services, access roads, and other public facilities. Microenterprise funds may provide credit, general support (e.g., childcare, transportation), or technical assistance for persons developing microenterprises.

Planning and Technical Assistance (PTA)

  • Studies and plans for economic development activities that meet CDBG national objectives and provide principal benefit to low-income persons.

Over-the-Counter

  • Grants for the creation or retention of jobs for low-income workers. May include loans or loan guarantees to businesses for construction, on-site improvements, equipment purchase, working capital, and site acquisition. May also include loans for business start-ups, grants for publicly-owned infrastructure, and loans or grants for small business incubators.

Advisory Committee

The role of the CDBG Advisory Committee is to provide input and recommendations to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on the CDBG Program that are consistent with federal requirements and result in good policies, procedures and regulations designed to benefit low- to moderate-income individuals residing in non-entitlement communities of California.

The CDBG Advisory Committee Charter is currently under review and development.

CDBG Advisory Committee Members

This process is currently under development as part of the Advisory Committee Charter review and development.

Dates Agenda Meeting Summaries
June 8, 2018 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)
November 3, 2017 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)
August 24, 2017 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)
July 21, 2017 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)
June 23, 2017 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)
April 12, 2017 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)
January 20, 2017 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)
September 22, 2016 Agenda (PDF) Meeting Summary (PDF)

CDBG Programs

Community Development

  • Community Development
  • Native American
  • Colonia
  • Planning and Technical Assistance

Economic Development

  • Over-the-Counter (OTC)
  • Enterprise Fund
    • Business Assistance
    • Microenterprise Assistance
    • Planning and Technical Assistance

CDBG Program Redesign

Since the passage of California Senate Bill 106 in July 2017, the Department of Housing and Community Development has commenced efforts to redesign the CDBG Program for non-entitlement jurisdictions. To better understand the efforts of the redesign process, please visit CDBG Program Redesign.

To share any feedback or for any additional information, contact HCD at cdbgredesign@hcd.ca.gov.

Guidelines and Regulations

Get Funding

HCD releases a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) that includes all CDBG-eligible activities. 

Current NOFA

Application due date: February 26, 2019 has passed. Please be sure you are subscribed to the CDBG emailing list to receive notifications and announcements.

2018 Funding Limits and Eligible Activities Chart (PDF)

2018 CDBG NOFA and Amendment #1 (DOC)

New! 2018 CDBG NOFA and Amendment #2 (PDF)

New! 2018 CDBG NOFA Applicant Self-Scores by Activity (PDF)

2018 Appendices

List of CDBG Activity Application Forms

2018 CDBG NOFA FAQs (PDF) — Revised 02/11/2019

2018 CDBG NOFA Application Workshop Presentation (PDF)


2017 NOFA (09/01/2017)

2017 Awards

NOFA (PDF)

NOFA Amendment #1 (PDF) 10/27/2017

Appendices

2016 State Regulations (PDF) — Most current state regulations.

2016 Federal Regulations — Most current federal regulations.

NOFA FAQs (PDF)

2017 Income Limits (PDF)

Funding Limits and Eligible Activities Chart (PDF)

2016 NOFA (05/17/2016)

2016 NOFA (PDF)

2016 Appendices

Special Community Development Block Grant Program NOFAs

2016 Disaster Appendix

2016 State Regulations

2016 Federal Regulations

FAQs (PDF)

2016 Income Limits (PDF)

2016 Funding Limits and Eligible Activities Chart (PDF)


2015 NOFA (01/05/2015)

2015 Awards

2015 NOFA - Not available.

2015 State Regulations

2015 Federal Regulations

2015 Income Limits (PDF)


2014 NOFA (01/06/2014)

2014 Awards

2014 NOFA (PDF)

2014 State Regulations

2014 Federal Regulations


2013 NOFA (01/07/2013)

2013 Awards

2013 NOFA (PDF)

2013 State Regulations

2013 Federal Regulations


Workshop Dates and Locations

2020 California Consolidated Plan Housing Needs Focus Group

Focus groups will be focused on two separate topics each day, Housing Needs, and Homeless and Public Service Needs.

Date Location Training
July 31, 2019
Civic Center Galleria
1110 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Housing Needs: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Homeless and Public Service Needs: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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August 7, 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Center
1815 Sheridan St.
Redding, CA 96001
Housing Needs: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Homeless and Public Service Needs: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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August 22, 2019 8445 W. Elowin Court
Visalia, CA 93290
Housing Needs: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Homeless and Public Service Needs: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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August 29, 2019 D Street Neighborhood Center
1301 D Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Housing Needs: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Homeless and Public Service Needs: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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September 3, 2019 Imperial County Administration Building
940 W. Main Street
Conference Rooms C&D
El Centro, CA 92243
Housing Needs: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Homeless and Public Service Needs: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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Success Stories

These success stories (PDF) highlight project examples of what CDBG program funding can do for your community.

Map of Grants Management Representatives (by County)

Map of Grants Management Representatives (PDF) — Revised 05/2019 — Includes phone numbers and email addresses.

Program Forms

CDBG Annual Performance Reports (APR Forms)

APR Help Tools

2017-2018 What's New (PPT)

Webinar Trainings

Instructions

Contract Closeout Forms

Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI)

Economic Development

Business Assistance

Microenterprise Assistance

Environmental

Fiscal

Fiscal Forms

Setup and Completion Reports
Setup/Completion Report and Funds Request Webinar   (YouTube) — 4/17/2015 Webinar
Setup/Completion Report and Funds Request Webinar   (YouTube) — 4/28/2015 Webinar

General Conditions Clearance Checklists

Homebuyer Assistance

Income Calculation and Determination Guide

Appendix E - Self-Certification Forms

Appendix F - Sample Applications

Appendix G - Eligibility Determination Worksheets

Appendix H - Sample Format for Computing Tenant Share of Rent for Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)  (XLS)

Appendix I - Sample Verification Forms for Determining Annual (Gross) Incomes

Appendix J - Sample Verification Forms for Determining Part 5 Adjusted Incomes

Appendix K - Annual Recertification of Income Forms

Income Survey

Labor Standards Reporting

MBE/WBE

  • Please see Annual Performance Reports section.

Monitoring Checklists

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Program Income (PI)

Program Income Reuse Agreement

Program Income Semi-Annual Reports

Program Income Waiver Request Forms

Program Income Supplement Activity Forms

Management Memos

See Archived Memos for additional memos.

Training and Technical Assistance

2019 CDBG Training Schedule

Please join us to learn, provide feedback, and get answers to your questions about the CDBG program. Training is open to any stakeholders interested in learning more about the CDBG program, and will be targeted to project and program managers, administrators, support staff, consultants, and any other stakeholders interested in learning about the CDBG program at a beginner and intermediate experience level. Registration is required. Please contact HCD if you need special assistance or reasonable accommodations to participate.

Class Schedule Time

CDBG 101: Introduction to CDBG and HUD terminology from planning to reporting.

9:00 a.m — 9:50 a.m.

CDBG Redesign: The proposed method of distribution for CDBG funds.

10:00 a.m — 10:50 a.m.

CDBG Program Income: Managing program income and new policies and procedures.

11:00 a.m — 11:50 a.m.

Lunch

11:50 a.m — 1:00 p.m.

CDBG Cross-Cutting: Meeting federal cross-cutting requirements, including procurement, environmental review, and labor compliance.

1:00 p.m — 2:00 p.m.

CDBG Monitoring: What to expect and how to prepare for CDBG monitoring.

2:10 p.m — 3:20 p.m.

CDBG New Requirements: Expectations and rollout of the new online Grant Management System.

3:30 p.m — 4:00 p.m.
Location Date and Time Available Seats
Sacramento, CA
Civic Center Galleria (Overflow)
1110 West Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
July 30, 2019
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
100
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Redding CA
Address to be announced.
August 6, 2019
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
50
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Visalia CA
Self-Help Enterprises
8445 W. Elowin Court
Visalia CA, 93290
August 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
40
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Arcata CA
D St. Neighborhood Center
1301 D Street
Arcata, CA 95521
August 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
30
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El Centro CA
Imperial County Administration Building
940 W. Main St.
Conference Rooms C & D
El Centro, CA 92243
September 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
40
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CDBG NOFA:

Meeting Low/Mod Income Requirements for CDBG Activities:

Economic Development:

Community Development:

Procurement and Contracting Presentation, 2015 (PDF)

Fair Housing Presentations:

Additional Information:

Affirmative Marketing for Programs and Projects, April 2013

Section 3, 2013