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Nonprofits serving San Diego residents could be eligible for more than $ 4.2 million in federal funding


Nonprofits serving low and moderate income communities in San Diego will be eligible for millions of dollars in federal funding for programs, operations and facility needs, city officials said Friday.

The City of San Diego Department of Economic Development accepts applications from nonprofit groups seeking funding for programs that provide community services to vulnerable populations and support inclusive economic growth. The money comes from the Community Development Glock Grant, or CDBG, of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is supposed to provide economic opportunities and housing in urban neighborhoods.

There is $ 4.2-6 million available for fiscal 2023, a city spokesperson said.

Nonprofit groups must first submit a “request for qualifications” – a process that allows the city to verify eligibility – by 5pm Oct. 22. Once approved, organizations can apply for CDBG funding on November 8.

The Department of Economic Development offers assistance to nonprofit leaders interested in applying. The department is hosting a virtual workshop on Wednesday, September 29 at 10 a.m. to review timelines, application requirements and types of projects, and leaders of nonprofits can request one-on-one help online at

A city spokesperson said about $ 3.5 million has been allocated for fiscal 2022, not including COVID-19 relief or CARES ACT community grants.

“Nonprofit organizations have long been recognized as essential to promoting community development, defending human rights, and improving the well-being of citizens in the United States,” said one spokesperson for the city.

Some of the organizations that received money last year include the Somali Family Service of San Diego. The non-profit organization serves the city’s refugee community and has received more than $ 183,000 for its microenterprise program, which provides refugees and immigrants with technical assistance to start or develop small businesses.

Dreams for Change received more than $ 64,600 to continue providing secure parking and support services to people living in their cars. Mama’s Kitchen received $ 50,000 for its home meal delivery program, which provides three meals a day to sick San Diego residents.


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