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Grants to California Qualified Organizations to Provide Social Services, Small Business Support, and Capital Improvements to Facilities

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


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Funding Source
City of San Diego
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: City of San Diego

Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/09/23
Deadline: 01/19/24 5:00 PM PDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to California qualified organizations in eligible locations to provide social services, support for small businesses, and for capital improvements for facilities run by nonprofit organizations. Applicants must complete required registrations and submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for programs and projects that serve communities in the City of San Diego.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Grant that the City receives to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.


  • Public Services: Projects that provide defined social services or other direct assistance to individuals and not general services to the public as a whole.
  • Nonprofit Capital Improvement Projects (Facilities): Projects that improve and/or expand facilities operated by nonprofit organizations to provide onsite public services.
  • CED Microenterprise Technical Assistance: Projects that provide technical assistance and general business support to microenterprises (five employees or less, including owner) wishing to expand or be established. Excludes financial assistance (grants or loans).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The purpose of the RFQ phase is to vet organizations that wish to partner with the City in implementing CDBG-funded activities, projects, and programs. The City uses this phase to determine if your organization:
- Has the programmatic capacity to successfully design, implement, and report on a CDBG-funded project per the strict requirements of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), other federal agencies, the state of California, and the City;
- Has the fiscal capacity to accept, manage, and report on CDBG funds on a reimbursement basis in accordance with HUD and City requirements;
- Demonstrates a solid track record and past experience in implementing similar activities and projects that are indicative of potential future success;
- Implements proper controls and best management practices to ensure fair and ethical dealings in the areas of finance and accounting, procurement, and client and vendor grievances;
- Implements eligible activities and projects that may be funded by CDBG; and
- Has adopted a mission statement, goals, and objectives that closely align with those of the City (as expressed both in its Strategic Plan and Consolidated Plan) and of HUD.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline - Request for Qualifications
- October 9, 2023 FY 2025 CDBG RFQ Released via ED Grants
- October 11, 2023 CPAB Meeting (RFP Scoring Criteria Item)
- October 12, 2023 FY 2025 CDBG RFQ Workshop ED Grants Overview Virtual Recorded Meeting: 10 am (PDT)
- October 16 – October 27, 2023 Virtual Technical Assistance Meetings, by Appointment Only
- November 3, 2023 No later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) Deadline to Email RFQ-Related Questions to
- November 3, 2023 No later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) Deadline to Request Updates to Primary/Secondary Representatives on ED Grants
- November 6, 2023 Last Day of FAQ Posting on ED Grants
- November 8, 2023 CPAB Meeting
- November 9, 2023 No later than 12:00 p.m. (PST) Deadline to Request ED Grants Navigation Assistance/Staff Support (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- November 9, 2023 No later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) Deadline to Submit FY 2025 CDBG RFQ Response via ED Grants (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- November 13 - 28, 2023 Community Development Division Office Review of RFQ Responses
- November 10 and November 23, 2023 Veterans Day Holiday and Thanksgiving Holiday Observed (City Offices Closed)
- December 4, 2023 Notification of Results: All Respondent Organizations Notified of Results of RFQ Determination (“Qualified” or “Not Qualified”) via Email Generated by ED Grants
- December 15, 2023
- January 19, 2024 FY 2025 CDBG RFP Release, Response Period, and Submittal Deadline

For information regarding the RFP timeline, see:

A Note on Third-Party Registration Requirements:
- The federal government requires all organizations wishing to receive federal funds, including CDBG, to have a Unique Entity ID number that has an ‘Active’ status registration with the System for Award Management (SAM): Please note the unique identifier used across the federal government changed from the DUNS Number to the Unique Entity ID, which is generated by SAM. For more information about this transition, visit
- Ensure that your organization is registered with the California Secretary of State: and appears in the Business Search database. The status of your organization must be ‘Active’ at the time of the RFQ response submission.
- Ensure that your organization is registered with the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts: The registration status must be ‘Current’ at the time of the RFQ response submission.
- Ensure that your organization’s Single Audits or Program-Specific Audits (if applicable) have been submitted to and accepted by the Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC):

Questions may be emailed to program staff regarding the RFQ phase and requirements until 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on November 3, 2023. Allow at least two (2) business days for staff to respond.

FY25 CDBG RFQ Workshop Video:

Estimated Size of Grant
“Qualified” organizations will also be notified of their “Maximum Funding Request Threshold” (MFRT) amount, which is based on the “Cash Balance” figure in their audited financial statements multiplied by four. Organizations must have a MFRT amount of at least $50,000 (for FY 2025 CDBG) to be invited to participate in the RFP phase. The MFRT amount indicates the maximum amount of CDBG funds your organization can be awarded in FY 2025, whether that amount is for one or more projects.

Contact Information
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Questions may be submitted to

City Administration Building
202 C St.
San Diego, CA 92101

City Information Center: 619-236-5555

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