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 2019-20

(Capital & Housing Rehab Projects Only)

                            APPLICATIONS DUE: by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019

Applications are now available for the City of Palo Alto’s 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year 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 2019-20 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020). The City expects to distribute locally an estimated $150,000 in funds for this funding category 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.

The application submittal package must be received by the CDBG Program Office by 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, in order to be considered for funding during the period that includes FY 2019-20.

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  

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 third 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, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  The draft CAPER is now available for public review and comment for a 15-day period, beginning August 27 through September 11, 2018.  

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