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Grants to Arizona Nonprofits and Agencies to Improve Low-Income Communities and Assist the Homeless

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

Pima County Community Workforce and Development (CWD) Department

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #177734

Grant Description

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Grants to Arizona nonprofit organizations and government agencies to benefit residents with low-to-moderate income, improve neighborhoods, and meet local needs. 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.

Pima County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds are used to improve and revitalize lower income neighborhoods through public services programming, public facilities and infrastructure improvements, and housing rehabilitation.

HUD determines annual county allocation based on various factors: population, income, housing conditions, etc.

CDBG Process:

  • Community Outreach
  • Annual Community Planning Application
  • Annual Action Plan defines activities in relationship to the Pima County– City of Tucson HUD 5-Year Consolidated Plan for coming program year
  • CDBG funded activities must follow the priorities, goals, and objectives identified in the 5-Year Consolidated Plan

All CDBG activities must meet one of three national objectives:

  • Benefiting low-moderate income (LMI) persons
  • Preventing or eliminating blight
  • Meeting urgent community need

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

  • Street outreach – Emergency Homeless Assistance
    • Individuals
    • Families
    • Youth
    • Veterans
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Rapid re-housing
  • Emergency shelter 

CDBG eligible activities and priorities can be found at

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) eligible activities and priorities can be found at

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CDBG Grant:
Eligible entities include:
- Nonprofit organizations
- Local incorporated cities and towns
- Public service entities (e.g., fire departments, water companies, health clinics)
- Low and moderate income households (Home Repair Program)

CDBG funding is directed to low and moderate income individuals and families. Eligibility is established on an area-wide basis (a defined area qualifies because the majority of the population within qualify) or clientele basis (individual person or household qualifies). Opportunity Areas are defined as areas where, based on Census data, more than 51% of the area households are below 80% of the area median income.

ESG Requirements
- Proof of 100% MATCH FUNDS
- Minimum habitability standards, i.e., inspections required
- Coordination with Continuum of Care (CoC), known as TPCH (Tucson/Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness)
- Grantees must participate in the Pima County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
- Coordinate with CoCs on allocation of funds and performance measurements
- Consistency with 5-Year Consolidated Plan
- Connecting participants with mainstream resources

Additional Requirements can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY23-24 CDBG grantee Technical Assistance session will be held November 9, Wednesday, at 2:00 PM via Microsoft Teams. Please contact Ana Basurto to receive a meeting invite. Join on your computer, mobile app or room device -

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device
Click here to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 279 624 998 793
Passcode: zC2d4p

Or call in (audio only)
+1 602-649-0382,,554639472# United States, Phoenix
Phone Conference ID: 554 639 472#

Pre-Application Information:

Annual Action Plan Timeline
- Oct–Dec: Citizen Participation meetings
- Oct 24: Community Planning Application available
- Nov 30: Pre-application due
- Jan 31: Application due
- Feb–Apr: Applications review
- May: Board of Supervisors makes funding decisions
- Mid–May: Annual Action Plan submitted to HUD
- Jul: Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
- Aug–Sep: CWD staff draft agency contracts
- Oct–Nov: County contracts and Intergovernmental Agreements executed if HUD-approved and funds available

Agencies with approved pre-applications will have access to the full application on or before Monday, December 12, 2022

Agencies can submit multiple pre-applications. Only one pre-application or application per program or project request.

ESG Requirements: Proof of 100% MATCH FUNDS

All contracts are COST REIMBURSEMENT—no funds are advanced for any expense.

Applicants must have Current System for Award Management (SAM) registration and Unique Entity ID (UEI).

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

CDBG: Minimum $20,000 funding request

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): Minimum $30,000 funding request

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Direct questions to:

CDBG and ZoomGrants
- Ana Basurto 520-724-5673
- Joel Viers 520-724-6767
- Joel Gastelum 520-724-6750

- Yvette Gonzales 520-724-7310
- Jen Darland 520-724-7312

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