California Dept. of Housing and Community Development

On an annual basis, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (Department) announces the availability of a specified amount of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding which is allocated for that specific year to the State from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. 

​Funding is announced under a "Notice of Funding Availability" (NOFA)   defining CDBG-eligibly activities funded under the Community Development  (CD) Allocation and Special Allocations for Economic Development (ED), Colonia, and Native American communities that are non-federally recognized tribes. 

Eligible Applicants:
​CDBG - Non-Entitlement Cities and Counties are eligible to participate.  In general, incorporated cities with populations of less than 50,000 and counties with an unincorporated area population of less than 200,000 persons are eligible to participate in the State CDBG program.  The following exceptions apply:
​1. If a city with a population of less than 50,000 has entered into a three-year Urban  County Cooperation Agreement, that city cannot participate in the State CDBG Program until the expiration of the Agreement.
​2. If a city with a population of less than 50,000 has been declared to be the central city of a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) , t cannot participate in the State CDBG program because it is entitled to receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.
​3. If a jurisdiction is presently debarred, proposed for debarment, suspended, or declared ineligible pursuant to Title 24 CFR, part 24 and 48 CFR part 9, Subpart 9.4, the jurisdiction cannot participate in the CDBG Program.  The Department will not award any CDBG funds to applicants that are debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, and declared ineligible  or voluntarily excluded from participation from federally-assisted programs.  ​ 

​Funding under each of the following activities and special allocations will primarily benefit low-and moderate-income persons/households in California. 

Community Development:
​Housing Assistance
​Public Facilities
​Infrastructure and infrastructure in Support of Housing
​Public Services
​Planning and Technical Assistance

​Special Allocations:
​Economic Development (Business Assistance and Microenterprise Assistance)
​Native American Communities
​Colonias

​Each jurisdiction must meet one of three National Objectives which are identified below:
​1.  Benefit to low-and moderate-income persons;
​2. Prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or,
​3. Urgent Need, which is meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency because of existing conditions that pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community (requires state or federal disaster declaration) and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.

​One of the CDBG Programs the City of Marina would be eligible is the ED Over-The-County (OTC):
​This includes grants to local jurisdiction for public infrastructure and/or off-site improvements.  Under this grant program the City would loan funds to a private enterprise for off-site improvements.  The amount of funding is determined by the number of new employees generated by the private business.   

​If a jurisdiction is successful upon funding availability, the Department will apply the statutory percentage requirement for each funding category followed by the percentage formula using the aggregate request of all applications for each activity and actual amount of available funds. 

​In the event of a tie, applicants will be ranked by jurisdiction-wide poverty levels, pursuant to tiebreaker criteria  in Section 7078(d) (7).

​For more information on the OTC Program or other CDBG Programs please contact Marilyn Lidyoff, Economic Development Coordinator, at mlidyoff@cityofmarina.org or (831) 884-1211.