Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

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Seeking Public Comment on the Draft Second Amendment to the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan

Draft Second Amendment to the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan (PDF)
The City is seeking public comments on its draft Second Amendment to the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan. The City Council will hold a public meeting to review the proposed amendments on February 2, 2021. The Plan has been amended to allocate additional CDBG CARES funding to respond the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed amended plan will also be reviewed by the CDBG Citizens' Advisory Committee on an electronic meeting on January 11, 2021 at 5:30. If interested in attending, please contact [email protected] for a Zoom link to the CDBG Citizens' Advisory Committee meeting. Public comments will be accepted from January 8, 2021 until February 2, 2021. Written comments should be directed to Lark Ferrell, Housing Division, 1115 Seminary Street, Napa, California 94559 or by e-mail to [email protected].

CDBG APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR FY 2021-2022!

The City is currently accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2021-22 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022) federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from non-profit and governmental agencies. All applications must be submitted by February 9, 2021 at 4:00 PST. Applications must be completed electronically through the City's online application portal as described below. 

The City is estimating approximately $600,000 in CDBG funds will be available. The actual funding amount has not yet been furnished by HUD. All funds will be allocated in accordance with federal guidelines to principally benefit low and moderate income persons residing in the City of Napa in accordance with priorities identified in the City's Consolidated Plan. Priorities anticipated to be funded with CDBG funds include: 

  • Housing Rehabilitaion
  • Emergency Shelter Services
  • Outreach/Referral for Latino/Hispanic Residents
  • Fair Housing Services
  • Services for Children Aging out of Foster Care
  • Non-Profit Capital Improvement Projects
  • In-Fill Sidewalks in Low-Income Neighborhoods

For more information on all Consolidated Plan Priorities, please see HERE.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the participant (applicant) portal link at: https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/NAPACA/Participant..

For assistance accessing the portal, please contact Brandon Alves at (707) 257-9289 or [email protected]..

All applicants must attend a mandatory pre-application meeting. Applicants must attend one of two electronic (virtual) meetings which will be held at 5:30 PST on January 7, 2021 and 9:00 PST on January 12, 2021. To register and receive link to the electronic meeting, please e-mail Lark Ferrell at [email protected] with the preferred meeting date. 

Applications will be reviewed by the CDBG Citizens' Advisory Committee. The Committee meeting to review applications will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via electronic format in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act. Is is anticipated that the City Council will be holding a public meeting on funding recommendations on May 4, 2021. 

All interested non-profits and governmental agencies are encouraged to apply for CDBG funds. For questions relative to this program, the types of projects eligible for funding, the application process, of if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete the application, please contact Brandon Alves at the above listed phone number or email address. 


CDBG Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.  The City receives approximately $600,000 in CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of HUD annually which it allocates through an application process.  Requests for CDBG funding typically total approximately two times the amount available each year. This means that is impossible to fund all proposals in a given year, particularly in categories with funding caps.

CDBG Funding Categories

There are three major funding categories for the CDBG program.

Public Service

This category is allocated a maximum of 15% of annual City of Napa allocation, plus 15% of the program income for the previous fiscal year. These funds can be used to carry out programs that enhance public services in areas such as housing, food, health, safety, and education. Examples of projects that have received previous funding include: dental care for children, emergency shelter services, and senior support services.

Planning and Administration

This category is allocated a maximum of 20% of the annual allocation, plus 20% of the estimated program income for the fiscal year. These funds are utilized for City of Napa CDBG Program administration.   

Community Development Improvements

This category receives the remainder of the annual allocation and any reprogrammed funds from the prior program years. There is no maximum funding cap in this category. These funds can be utilized for physical improvement projects, housing rehabilitation, property acquisition, and economic development activities that will either further the City's effort to prevent slums and blight or serve low-and moderate-income residents.

Project Eligibility

For a project to be considered eligible for CDBG funds in any of the funding categories, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet one or more National Community Development Objectives
  • Meet one or more Local Community Objectives
  • Be physically located within Napa City limits or serve City of Napa residents

 All funds will be allocated in accordance with federal guidelines to principally benefit low and moderate income persons residing in the City of Napa in accordance with priorities identified in the City’s Consolidated Plan. The City’s Consolidated Plan currently anticipates funding the following priorities with CDBG funds:

  • Housing rehabilitation
  • Emergency shelter services
  • Outreach/referral for Latino/Hispanic residents
  • Fair housing activities
  • Services for children aging out of foster care
  • Non-profit capital improvement projects
  • In-fill sidewalks in low-income neighborhoods

For each program year, the City adopts an Annual Action Plan.  This Plan describes the actions, activities, and resources anticipated to be carried out to address these priorities.  Then, at the end of each program year, the City prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report, which describes accomplishments and progress made towards the Consolidated Plan’s goals during the year.