Community Development Block Grant


Improving Our City from the Ground Up

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides federal funding to local non-profits to improve physical, economic and social conditions in communities across the country. In Palo Alto, non-profits may apply for CDBG funding through the City. While City Council reviews and selects the winning applications, active community participation is highly encouraged in this process.

Notice of Funding Availability FY 2020-21

(Capital & Housing Rehab Projects Only)

                            Attendance at ONE of the Pre-Proposal Conference is MANDATORY for all applicants.

Pre-Proposal Conference schedule:

Monday, November 18 and 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

APPLICATIONS DUE: by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020

Applications are now available for the City of Palo Alto’s FY 2020-21 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Multi-Family Rehabilitation Projects and Public Facility Rehabilitation Projects only.  The applications are for funding under the City’s one-year funding cycle that includes FY 2020-21 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The City expects to distribute locally an estimated $250,000 in funds for these two funding categories from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the CDBG Program. 

The CDBG Program is directed toward expanding and maintaining the affordable housing supply; promoting housing opportunities and choices; maintaining and improving community facilities; increasing economic opportunities, accessibility, energy efficiency and sustainability; and providing supportive services specifically for persons of low and very low income.  Targeted groups might include persons who are homeless, seniors, persons with disabilities, and other special needs groups.

Two Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conferences are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 18 and November 25, 2019 at the Civic Center - Community Meeting Room, First Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California.  ALL Proposers intending to submit a proposal are required to attend one of the two Pre-Proposal Conference. If unable to attend, please contact Erum Maqbool at (650)329-2660 or via e-mail at

The application submittal package must be received by the CDBG Staff Specialist by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020, in order to be considered for funding during the period that includes FY 2020-21.

Applications are also available at the City of Palo Alto Planning Division, City Hall, 5th Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, during regular office hours.  To request an application or for more information please contact Erum Maqbool, CDBG Staff Specialist at 650.329.2660 or via email at



2020 - 2025 Consolidated Plan

Cities in Santa Clara County are working together to update their five‐year Consolidated Plans. The Consolidated Plan identifies housing and community improvement needs, and it outlines how federal funding will be used to address these needs.

If you are a resident, service provider, business owner, or housing professional in Santa Clara County, please join the Regional Forums to help identify affordable housing, homeless and community improvement needs over the next five years. We want to hear from you!

For your convenience, City of Palo Alto is hosting a Regional Forum on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

The federal funds were received to invest in improving local communities. How should these funds be spent? Your input will help City and County leaders prioritize spending for important services and community improvements.

Please click here to learn more about Upcoming Regional Meetings (Spanish | Chinese). 


Take the Online Regional Needs Survey to tell us which improvements and services are most needed for your community. Your response will help prioritize investments over the next five years. We want to hear from you! Here are the links to the survey in English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese


2015 - 2020 Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan is a five-year strategic plan that includes an analysis of Palo Alto’s real estate market, affordable housing, and community development conditions. Specifically, the Consolidated Plan is designed to help entitlement grantees assess affordable housing and community development needs and develop goals and strategies that will address the identified needs. 

 The Consolidated Plan for 2015-2020 outlines the following five specific goals:

  • Affordable Housing: Assist in the creation and preservation of affordable housing for low income and special needs households.
  • Homelessness: Support activities to end homelessness.
  • Strengthen Neighborhoods: Support activities that strengthen neighborhoods through the provision of community services and public improvements to benefit low income and special needs household.
  • Fair Housing: Promote fair housing choice.
  • Economic Development: Expand economic opportunities for low income households.

You can learn more about the 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan by following the below links.


An Action Plan is prepared on an annual basis listing the activities that the City intends to undertake with CDBG funds.  At the close of the fiscal year, a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), a federally mandated document, is prepared to document the City’s progress.

This CAPER represents the fourth year of the City’s Five-Year Consolidated plan covering the period 2015-2020, and covers the accomplishments under the CDBG program for the period from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.    

Want to Learn More?

Check out our FY 2019-2020 Final Annual Action Plan and FY 2017-18 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) to learn more about City of Palo Alto's CDBG Program.

Contact Us

For general questions please contact Erum Maqbool. 

Erum Maqbool, CDBG Staff Specialist 
(650) 329-2660