Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

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The Community Development Block Grant, as created by the Federal Housing and Community Acts of 1974 and 1987, has as its primary objective the development of viable communities through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expansion of economic opportunities. The funds are intended to benefit primarily low-and moderate-income persons in the City of Napa

CDBG Fund Categories

Requests for CDBG funding 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. 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