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Low-Income Communities and Assist the Homeless

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

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Grants to Arizona nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve low-income communities and assist the homeless. Applicants are required to submit a pre-application prior to the submission of a full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects that improve infrastructure, public facilities, housing, and public services. Funds are also intended to provide emergency relief for homeless individuals and families. Projects must serve Pima County.

Community Development Block Program  (CDBG):

Pima County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program affords residents of Pima County with the opportunity to improve their communities by funding activities that provide decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. Grant awards are made to implement a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, community development and the provision of improved community facilities and services.

Programs must meet income eligibility requirements by directly benefiting persons or households that are low- to moderate-income or project must be located in an area where the majority (51%) of the residents are low-and moderate-income individuals or households. Projects that are located or serve populations in unincorporated Pima County; designated Community Development Target Areas; Marana; and, South Tucson are given priority. 

Examples of projects eligible for CDBG funding include:

  • Construction or Remodeling of Child Care Centers
  • Construction or Remodeling of Community Centers
  • Water and Sewer Systems
  • Fire Protection Facilities and Equipment
  • Senior Citizen Centers
  • Parks and Playground improvements
  • Street Lighting
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Modifications for elderly and handicap, for access and improvements to their homes
  • Health clinics and medical equipment
  • Public Services

Up to 15% of Pima County's allotment for CDBG programs can be used for public services projects (e.g. hot meals programs, after-school programs, health care programs, housing counseling, crime prevention, preschool tuition, etc.). 

Emergency Solutions Grant:

The ESG program provides funding to: (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; (3) help operate these shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents, (5) rapidly rehouse homeless individuals and families, and (6) prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.

Eligible ESG Program Components:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Homeless Prevention

For information about the above program components, see page 1 of the ESG Program Fact Sheet in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177734

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):
- Estimated total = $3,000,000
- Minimum $15,000 funding request

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG):
- Level funding or slight increase = $250,000 +/-
- Minimum $30,000 funding request

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CDBG Grant:

Eligible applicants:
- Neighborhood Associations
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Fire Departments, Water Companies, Health Clinics

Target Areas
Target Areas (neighborhoods) are specific areas in Pima County that have been identified for community development assistance based on household income. To be eligible, the target area must have more than 51% of the households below 80% of the median income as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG program areas include:
- Unincorporated Pima County
- City of South Tucson
- Town of Marana
- Town of Sahuarita
- Draft 2015 Pima County Target Areas

Eligible Communities:
Ajo, Amado, Arivaca, Avra, Valley, Catalina, Continental, Drexel, Heights, Flowing Wells, Helmet Peak, Littletown, Picture Rocks, Rillito, Robles, Junction, South Nogales Highway Area, Vail, Valencia West, Why

Emergency Solutions Grant:
- ESG Applications will be accepted from any private non-profit corporation, or a unit of general purpose local government, capable of carrying out the scope of work described in this Application.
- ESG applicants MUST be currently using the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or demonstrate the capacity to utilize HMIS at the time of contracting for services.
- Note: Applicants MUST be an active participant of the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) or will be an active member prior to contracting for services.

No vehicles. CDBG does not fund things that are mobile and could roll away. This includes pretty much anything with wheels. The exceptions are to meet public safety needs (e.g., a recognized fire district may purchase an ambulance).

CDBG does not fund personal or portable equipment. This includes tools and computer and office equipment.

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY22-23 CDBG grantee Technical Assistance session will be held November 9, Tuesday, at 2:00 PM via Microsoft Teams. Please contact Joel Viers to receive a meeting invite.

Pre-Application Information:

- Oct 25: Community Planning Application available
- Nov 29: Pre-application due
- Jan 31: Application due
- Feb–Apr: Applications review
- May: Board of Supervisors makes funding decisions

Prior to the Pre-Application submission deadline, CWD staff is available to provide programmatic technical assistance to agencies. Programmatic technical assistance is not available for the full Application, however, technical support for ZoomGrants users and all issues related to the ZoomGrants site itself is always available.

Agencies with approved pre-applications will have access to the full application on or before Monday, December 13, 2021.

Applicants cannot access the full Application in ZoomGrants without CWD staff approval of the Pre-Application.

Grantees must have a current Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. They are free and required to do business with the government (

Grantees must be registered and current in the federal System for Awards Management (SAMS). This can be a somewhat lengthy process, start sooner not later. SAM is found at and assistance is available at There is no charge for SAM registration

CDBG funding through Pima County is on a cost-reimbursement basis.

For the ESG program, proof of 100% match funds is required.

Preview of Pre-Application:

For further information about the CDBG program:

Contact Information:

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

Access the pre-application from the ZoomGrants link:

CDBG and ZoomGrants:

Joel Viers, Program Coordinator

Joel Gastelum, Division Manager


Yvette Gonzales, Program Coordinator

Jen Darland, Deputy Director

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