What is CDBG?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The 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- to moderate-income persons. 

Please contact the Community Development Analyst Team to be placed on a notification list for future funding opportunities. David Flores at (714) 647-6561 or dflores@santa-ana.org and Mikelle Daily at (714) 667-2256 or mdaily@santa-ana.org

Nonprofit CDBG Criteria: Nonprofit applicants must meet the following guidelines and criteria:

  • Meet the national objective of activities that provide a benefit to low- to moderate-income persons. Programs must serve at least 51% low- to moderate- income persons
  • Align with one of the following City of Santa Ana Strategic Plan Goals:
    • Community Safety
    • Youth, Education, Recreation, or
    • Community Health, Livability, Engagement & Sustainability
    • Economic Development
  • Provide a new service or a quantifiable increase in the level of an existing service
  • Additional requirements are listed in the application

Approved CDBG Nonprofit Subrecipients for fiscal year 2019-20:




America On Track

Brighter Futures for Children of Prisoners


Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana

College Bound


Charitable Ventures of Orange County

Summer Night Lights


Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Economic Empowerment – Your Money, Your Goals


Community Health Initiative Orange County Community Health Access $30,000

Community Legal Aid SoCal

Domestic Violence Prevention Project


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County

Transitional Age Youth


Delhi Center/CIELO

Family Economic Success Initiative


Delhi Center

Teens Engages in Learning & Leadership


Delhi Center/ALBI

School Break Enrichment


Heritage Museum of Orange County

The Borrowing Barn


Lutheran Social Services of So. Cal.

Victim Intervention


Nati’s House DBA Neutral Ground

Summer Night Lights


Orange County Fair Housing Council

Santa Ana Fair Housing Education , Counseling & Enforcement


Orange County Therapeutic Arts Center

Crime Prevention & Intervention for Willard Middle School & Neighborhood


Public Law Center

Consumer & Community Organizations Legal Assistance


Public Law Center

Affordable Housing & Homelessness Prevention


Second Chance Orange County

More Second Chances


Taller San Jose Hope Builders

Business Applications


The Cambodian Family

Plan Ahead Youth


Young Men’s Christian Association of Orange County

Financial Assistance for Sports & Aquatics


September Nonprofit Highlight    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDeuxGGZBSg

During the months of July and August of 2019, the City sponsored two Summer Night Lights programs with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. A partnership with Madison Park Neighborhood Association and Charitable Ventures of Orange County, provided fun activities for residents to enjoy at Madison Park located at 1528 S. Standard Ave Santa Ana CA 92707. A second partnership with Neutral Ground provided activities at El Salvador Park located at 1825 W Civic Center Dr. Santa Ana, CA 92703. Activities for Santa Ana families at both locations included a variety of choices including Zumba, yoga, soccer, basketball, concerts and more! These programs were a great success and well attended.