Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)


CDBG Program Activities:

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Events and Training

Success Stories

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Public Notices

Drought Information


Objective:  The primary federal objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and through expanding economic opportunities, principally, for persons of low- and moderate-income. “Persons of low and moderate income” are defined as families, households, and individuals whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the county median income, adjusted for family or household size.

History:  The State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was established by the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (42 USC 5301, et seq.). Subsequent legislation and regulations (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 - Public Law 97-34, and 24 CFR Part 570, Subpart I) allowed states to administer the program for smaller cities and counties. In 1982, California's Executive Branch and Legislature agreed that the State should administer the program and assigned this responsibility to the Department of Housing and Community Development. The State CDBG program is authorized and implemented by the California Health and Safety Code Section 50825, et seq, and the California Code of Regulations (Title 25, Section 7050, et seq)


Assistance Type:  Grants, federally funded

Eligible Applicants:  Counties with fewer than 200,000 residents in unincorporated areas and cities with fewer than 50,000 residents that do not participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement program.

Application Procedure:  Each year, generally in January, the CDBG program releases one combined Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) encompassing all CDBG-eligible activities, including Community Development, Economic Development, and the Native American and Colonia Set-Asides. 

CDBG Programs:

  • Community Development Allocation (CD, formerly the General Allocation) Activities:
    • Community Development
    • Native American
    • Colonia
    • Planning and Technical Assistance
  • Economic Development Allocation (ED) Activities:
    • Over-the-Counter (OTC)
    • Enterprise Fund
      • Business Assistance
      • Microenterprise Assistance
      • Planning and Technical Assistance
  • Disaster Recovery Initiative (DRI) / Disaster Recovery Enhancement Fund (DREF)
    • Current NOFA is available.
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program
    • All funding has been awarded. The Department does not anticipate future NOFAs.