Community Development Block Program (CDBG)

Contact

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

New! Register for CDBG and CDBG-CV Weekly Office Hours: Link to Zoom Registration

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.

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
No Agendas at this time.

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

2017 HUD Monitoring Report of CDBG and NSP Programs (PDF)

Guidelines and Regulations

Get Funding

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

Past Awards

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.

New! CDBG Notice of Funding Availability #1 (PDF)

2019-20 CDBG NOFA Amendment #2 (PDF)

2019-20 CDBG NOFA Amendment #1 (PDF)

2019-20 CDBG NOFA (PDF)

2019-20 Over the Counter (OTC) Applications Received (PDF)

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

New! CDBG-CV2 and 3 Tribal Set-Aside Community Participation Meeting Notice (PDF)

New! CDBG-CV Consolidated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF) – the CDBG-CV Consolidated FAQs contain frequently asked questions about the NOFA, general program questions, the CDBG-CV 2 and 3 Tribal Set-Aside, and the CDBG-CV and Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) webinar.

CDBG-CV1 NOFA Amendment #1 (PDF)

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

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.

CDBG-CV2 and 3 NOFA Amendment #1
The amendment will: increase the amount per tribe for the tribal set-asides from $500,000 maximum per tribe to $700,000 maximum per tribe; prioritize applications for the Colonias set-aside that demonstrate coordination with the homeless continuum of care; extend the deadline for all application types to applications to May, 7 2021; disallow payment of rental arrears under subsistence payment programs; increase the combined total of activities for which an applicant can be awarded funds under CDBG-CV1 and CDBG-CV2 and 3 from three (3) to four (4).

CDBG-CV2 and 3 NOFA (PDF) Notice of Funding Availability for CDBG Coronavirus Response Round 2 and 3 funding as authorized by the CARES Act.

CDBG-CV2 and 3 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.

2021 CDBG NOFA (PDF) Notice of Funding Availability for the annual CDBG program. Applications due on a rolling basis with community development applications due on April 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm PDT, and economic development applications due on May 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm PDT. Application must be accessed through the eCivis Grants Network Portal - Programs Available for Solicitation page .

New! 2021 CDBG NOFA Amendment #1 (PDF)

Over The Counter (OTC)

Over the Counter List (XLS)

Map of Grants Management Representatives (by County)

Program Forms

CDBG Annual Performance Reports (APR Forms)

APR Help Tools

Webinar Trainings

Instructions

Fiscal

Fiscal Forms

Labor Standards Reporting

Monitoring Checklists

Program Income (PI)

Program Income Semi-Annual Reports

Housing Program Guidelines

Management Memos

Training and Technical Assistance

Weekly Office Hours: Wednesday Mornings at 10:00 AM. Registration is required. Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hcd-office-hours-cdbg-and-esg-programs-tickets-135371322269  to register.

State of California 2020-2024 Federal Consolidated Plan – Consolidated Plan approved by HUD.

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

2019 CDBG Training

eCivis Grant Management System Training

CDBG NOFA:

Additional Information: