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Grants to California Nonprofits for Community
Services that Address Priority Needs

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City of Sunnyvale - Community Development Department - Housing Division

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01/15/21 4:30 PM PST Receipt


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Grants of up to $78,000 to California nonprofit organizations to provide human service programs and projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended to address unmet and priority needs in the community, primarily for low-income populations. Programs must benefit residents of the City of Sunnyvale.

The following objectives in the Consolidated Plan are associated with human services:

  1. Help people who are currently homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to obtain housing, employment or other sources of income, and adequate support services/networks to achieve stability.
  2. Support provision of essential human services, particularly for special needs populations (seniors, disabled, homeless people, children, youth, victims of domestic violence, etc.), including:

A. Basic needs (such as food, shelter, transportation, health & mental health care, employment assistance/training, child care, etc).

B. After school or intervention programs to provide youth with positive alternatives to drugs, violence, and/or gangs (i.e., recreational, mentoring, educational, and careerbuilding activities).

C. Mental health, addiction and substance abuse counseling, particularly for youth and those exiting institutions.

D. Other specialized supportive services, such as foreclosure assistance, legal assistance for seniors and others, and other specialized human services, such as those currently supported by the city, or those that may address a new or unmet priority need.

CDBG-Eligible Activities:

  • To use CDBG funds for a public service, the service must be either a new service or a quantifiable increase in the level of an existing service.
  • Programs must meet a national objective and eligibility requirements (Attachment C) or they will not be considered for funding.

Programs requesting funding must qualify under one of the categories below:

  • Operational: Funding of programs and services to address identified community needs or problems as specified in the City's General Plans or other policies through direct financial support and/or in-kind contributions.
  • Emergency: Funding of operational programs offered in the community that meet an existing need for which normal funding is no longer available.
  • Seed Program: Funding for start-up of new programs designed to meet a significant community need or problem.
  • Project: Funding of capital or other one-time projects designed to address a significant community need or problem.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185151

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request for applicants seeking General funds is $10,000 and for CDBG applicants it is $25,000. The maximum grant amount is the same for both funding sources: no more than 25% of the total Human Services funding available, or approximately $78,000 based on the estimates above.

Term of Contract:

The City funds human services on a two-year funding cycle. Human services programs awarded
funding for FY 2021 will be automatically eligible for a grant of similar size in FY 2022, subject to satisfactory performance in the first grant year, and funding availability for the second year. Funding in the second year may be greater or less depending on federal funding alllocations announced in Spring 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Agencies applying for funding must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

• Agency must be incorporated as a California non-profit organization, and must be taxexempt (under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and Section 23701(d) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code).
• Applicants must be ready to implement programs by July 2021.
• Programs must serve Sunnyvale residents.
• Programs must address one or more priority or unmet needs listed in Section II above. City of Sunnyvale
• Organization must meet all Organizational Requirements listed in Attachment F

The following list includes the types of activities that may NOT be funded with CDBG funds. The list is not all-inclusive.

• Buildings or portions thereof used predominantly for the conduct of general government.
• General government expenses.
• Political activities.
• The purchase of equipment, except equipment to be used in connection with eligible CDBG funded activities such as administration and public services and integral structural fixtures.
• Operating and maintenance expenses, except for program administration and eligible public services.
• New housing construction, except when carried out by certain eligible nonprofit organizations.
• Payments to individuals for their food, clothing, rent, utilities, or other ongoing income payments.

Pre-Application Information:

Both emailed and mailed proposals must be received by the Housing Division by 4:30 p.m. on January 15. 2021. Postmarks not accepted.

City staff will provide written answers to written questions on an ongoing basis. Answers will be directly answered within 24-hours.

Contact Information:

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

First, submit the full application, including all required signatures, via email, to Leif Christiansen at

Then mail one hard-copy original, including wet signatures, to:

City of Sunnyvale Housing Division
Attn: Leif Christiansen, Housing Programs Analyst
P.O. Box 3707
Sunnyvale, CA 94088

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