Community Development Block Program (CDBG)


Application, General Program, and Standard Agreements Questions


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)


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

CDBG-CV Round 1 (CARES Act Funding)

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

Guidelines and Regulations

Get Funding

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

Current NOFA

Application due date: Date varies by CDBG program, please reference the 2019-20 CDBG NOFA. Please be sure you are subscribed to the CDBG emailing list to receive notifications and announcements.

** Please note – As of 6/04/2020 a total of $61,851,305 million in Community Development OTC applications have been received of the $23 million available in funding. While we continue to accept applications through the September 30, 2020 Community Development OTC deadline, applications are being reviewed and funded in order received.

New! 2019-20 CDBG NOFA Amendment #2 (PDF)

2019-20 CDBG NOFA Amendment #1 (PDF)

2019-20 CDBG NOFA (PDF)

New! 2019-20 Over the Counter (OTC) Applications Received (PDF) (Updated as of 06/04/2020)

2019-20 Application must be accessed through the eCivis portal - Programs Available for Solicitation page

New! CDBG-CV1 NOFA (PDF) Notice of Funding Availability for CDBG Coronavirus Response Round 1 funding as authorized by the CARES Act.

New! CDBG-CV1 Application must be accessed through the eCivis portal - Programs Available for Solicitation page NOFA application documentation is included on the “Files” tab of the application solicitation.  Please review the files for additional instructions and resources to assist in preparing applications.

2018 NOFA

2018 Funding Limits and Eligible Activities Chart (PDF)

2018 CDBG NOFA and Amendment #1 (DOC)

2018 CDBG NOFA and Amendment #2 (PDF)

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

2018 CDBG Final Point Score and Awardee List (PDF)

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

2018 CDBG NOFA Application Workshop Presentation (PDF)

2017 NOFA (09/01/2017)

2017 Awards


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


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

2016 Federal Regulations — Most current federal regulations.


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


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

June 17, 2020
Mapping and Determining CDBG Beneficiaries for Low to Moderate-Income Areas
10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.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

2018 NOFA Forms

2018 Appendices

List of CDBG Activity Application Forms

CDBG Annual Performance Reports (APR Forms)

APR Help Tools

Webinar Trainings


Contract Closeout Forms

Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI)

Economic Development

Business Assistance

Microenterprise Assistance



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


  • 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

New! 2020 CDBG PI Only Applications Webinar (PDF)
New! 2020 CDBG PI Only Applications Webinar (Video)

2019 CDBG Training

eCivis Grant Management System Training


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