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2020-2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to California Nonprofits and Businesses
for Community and Economic Development Projects

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City of Davis

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01/28/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations and businesses for community and economic development projects that provide critical services, facilities, and housing to underserved populations in eligible regions. The purpose of the funding is to provide low and moderate-income populations and at-risk populations with necessary services. Eligible projects are those that benefit residents of the City of Davis.

The City of Davis is an entitlement city in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. These include services to those with critical needs, including, but not limited to, people experiencing homelessness, at-risk youth, at-risk LGBTQ populations, seniors, those with disabilities and families in need. 

All proposals must benefit Davis residents and at least 70% of those beneficiaries on an annual basis must be very-low, low/moderate income persons/households. 

Eligible activities/projects/programs may fall within the following categories: Acquisition of Real Property, Disposition of Property, Public Facilities and Improvements, Privately owned Utilities, Clearance of Property, Public Services, Interim Assistance, Relocation of Tenants and Property, Loss of Rental Income Projects, Removal of Architectural Barriers, Housing Rehabilitation, New Housing Construction, Code Enforcement, Historic Preservation, Commercial or Industrial Rehabilitation, Special Economic Development, Special Activities by Sub-Recipients, Planning and Capacity Building, Program Administration, and Other Activities.

The City of Davis has prioritized CDBG federal funding for two kinds of services:

  1. Public Service awards to providers of services to individuals and families 
  2. Non-Public Service awards for construction and rehabilitation housing projects that serve the community.

Organizations applying for CDBG funds receive preference if one or more of the following are met:

  • Serve clients who are very low and extremely low income (50% of median income and below.)
  • Leverage funds from the community or other private sources or use volunteers as part of its plan
  • Efficiently deliver services—maintain a low cost beneficiary ratio in relation to private and other organizations delivering similar services.
  • Fill a unique niche among clients who are not currently served, or are under-served. This includes new programs and initiatives or the restoration of previously existing programs that have experienced funding cuts.
  • Have an organization budget less than $500,000
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention activities – that is, address issues before they develop or at an early stage to avoid more intensive treatment
  • Spend the majority of the grant on serving those in need rather than on administrative costs

For more information on eligible activities, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 139921

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The City will not consider any grant requests smaller than $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City has many options for implementing the CDBG program. It can grant all or a portion of the funds to projects implemented by existing City staff; the City can grant all or a portion of the funds to projects administered primarily through non-profit community groups; or the City can grant funds to for-profit businesses to implement special economic development projects. In Davis, housing and other community development activities are primarily administered through non-profit community groups.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An "Applicant Workshop" webinar will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 10:00am via Zoom to provide
details about the overall CDBG program, evaluation criteria, proposal process, etc. It is strongly recommended that all applicants attend this workshop.

Webinar ID: 966 2828 5950

Zoom Link:


US: +1 669 900 9128
or +1 253 215 8782
or +1 346 248 7799
or +1 301 715 8592
or +1 312 626 6799
or +1 646 558 8656

Pre-Application Information:

- November 16, 2020: Social Services Commission: Recommendation of Critical Needs List
- December 1, 2020: City Council (Public Hearing): Final Approval of Critical Needs List and Request for Proposals (RFP) Schedule
- December 17, 2020: Request for Proposal released
- January 14, 2021: Applicant Workshop (Applicant participation is strongly encouraged)
- January 28, 2021: Proposals Due to City of Davis staff no later than 5:00 p.m. (Postmark will not be accepted)
- February 11, 2021: Proposals are posted online and distributed to Commission and City Council
- February 25, 2021: Staff, Commission and City Council questions/requests for information are submitted to staff
- February 26, 2021: Questions are distributed to applicants
- March 9, 2021: Applicant responses to questions due to City of Davis Staff no later than 5:00 p.m.
- March 11, 2021: Funding recommendations sent to Social Services Commission
- March 15, 2021: Social Services Commission (Public Hearing): Funding Deliberations/Recommendations and One-Year Action Plan to City Council
- April 15, 2021: Funding recommendations sent to City Council
- April 20, 2021: City Council (Public Hearing): CDBG/HOME Funding Decisions and One-Year Action Plan
- May 14, 2021: One-Year Action Plan submitted to HUD
- May – June 30, 2021: HUD review and approval of One-Year Action Plan
- July 1, 2021: 2021-2022 CDBG/HOME Program Year begins

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit your application via e-mail to Caylen McGehee at

City of Davis
23 Russell Blvd., Suite 1
Davis, CA 95616

Caylen McGehee: (530) 757-5623

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