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HCD Announces 2017 NOFA for CDBG Funding

Applications due by Dec. 1

September 8, 2017
The Department of Housing and Economic Development (HCD) has released its 2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for non-entitlement cities and counties to assist community and economic development activities.
This NOFA includes $10.5 million specifically for economic development activities and $22.9 million for community development activities.
Applications must be received in requested format no later than Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. 
The 2017 NOFA includes several changes that, according to HCD, allow the department to manage the program within current resources. Notably, HCD has decreased the number of activities per application from three to two per application while increasing the maximum application limit from $2 million to $5 million.
In addition to changes made to the application submittal process, applicants will now be able to request waivers from HCD to the 50 percent expenditure rule. Currently, applicants are ineligible to receive additional CDBG funds unless they have expended at least 50 percent of previously awarded funds. For more info on the waiver process, see page 16 of the NOFA document.
In a shift of policy, applicants will now be allowed to propose one CDBG eligible activity as a Supplemental Activity providing a more flexible tool for expending available program income. The 2017 NOFA will apply priority state objective “points” to applications proposing disaster resiliency long term planning and activities that promote civic engagement in all segments of the community.
Technical Assistance
HCD scheduled application training workshops for non-entitlement applicants in September and October 2017. The League will notify members of the workshop schedule when is becomes available.
Please send questions regarding this NOFA to CDBGNOFA@hcd.ca.gov
HCD at the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in Sacramento
Visit the HCD at booth #1222 next week at the League’s Annual Conference & Expo to learn more about the department’s work and CDBG program.

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