Planning & Development

Annual Funding Process

Community Development Program Application Information

Community Development Funding is available annually. Applications are typically available in late summer and due in September. The applications are vetted for eligibility by City staff and then reviewed and scored by the CD Committee. The public is asked to offer input before the CD Committee makes its final funding recommendations to the City Council in the winter. Annual fiscal years for Community Development funds run from April 1 - March 31. Funding information and application materials will be available on this page when applications are being accepted. Previous year's application materials are included on this page for reference. 

For information on CARES Act Supplemental Funding (CDBG-CV and ESG-CV) click here.

Fiscal Year 2021 Funding

Applications were due on October 19, 2020. The CD Committee reviewed all applications for funding in November. See below to view preliminary funding recommendations and for information about how to provide public comment.

December 10, 2020: Preliminary funding recommendations posted online

Please note that these are preliminary funding recommendations and they are not final amounts or a guarantee of funding. Funding is not considered final until all steps are completed, including the public input process, submittal and approval of the Annual Action Plan, and contract execution.

December 19, 2020: 30-Day Public Comment Period Begins

There is a 30-day public comment period for the draft Annual Action Plan and funding recommendations from December 19, 2020 – January 18, 2021. Please send comments to: Ben VanTassel, or 411 W. First Street, Room 160, Duluth, MN 55802. All comments will be shared with the CD Committee
A virtual public hearing via WebEx will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM by the Community Development Committee.

January 5, 2021, 5:30PM: Virtual Public Hearing held by Community Development Committee

All community members are welcome to attend and provide comments on the funding recommendations and draft Annual Action Plan. Comments will be considered by the Committee when determining final funding recommendations.

January 17, 2021: 30-Day Comment Period Ends

Please submit all written comments by this date.

January 26, 2021, 5:30PM: Virtual Meeting held by Community Development Committee

Following the public comment period the Committee will finalize a FY2021 Funding Recommendation.


Application FAQs

One application can be submitted and both ESG and CDBG Public Services should be identified as sources. The budget should clearly define which funding sources are paying for which budget line items.

Programs may have a need for a longer contract period in order to outreach to and onboard participants. Applications for services that have timelines of over 12 months should describe the need for additional time and how outcomes will be reached. Programs should not be planned for over 24 months.

A credential is industry specific and must document measurable technical, industry, or occupational skills necessary to gain employment or advance in an industry. Skills measurement is generally documented by passing a test or exam, or through other formal evaluation methods. Training programs should lead to a credential that falls into one of the following categories: 1. A credential that is listed as WIOA-certified on the State Eligible Training Provider List; 2. A credential that is industry-recognized, and approved by the Duluth Workforce Development Board; or 3. A specific credential that is required or highly valued by one or more local employers.

No additional information should be attached to the application form, unless specifically requested in the Application Instructions. Letters of support are best sent later in the funding process during the 30-day public comment period.

Virtual technical assistance Q&A session

Application Materials

Application Instructions

Application Scoring Criteria

Application Document

Other resources for the application process:

The Consolidated Plan is a five year planning document. It lays out the goals for the City of Duluth’s Community Development program. Based on a collaborative process involving community members and local organizations, the City establishes a unified vision for effective, coordinated neighborhood and community development strategies. The current Consolidated Plan outlines the community’s goals and objectives for 2020 through 2024. Each year the City’s Action Plan shows how it will pursue these goals for all community development and housing programs. The City submits the annual Action Plan to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the monitoring process for HUD funds.

Major community needs addressed by the goals and objectives in the Action Plan include decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for all community members. The projects funded through the Community Development Program address these community needs by creating and maintaining affordable housing, providing economic opportunities, offering public services to community members in need, and providing access to quality public facilities.

The City of Duluth expects to receive almost $3,000,000 per year in funds from HUD. The City disperses these funds to meet the goals and objectives in the Consolidated Plan. HUD provides three types of funds: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). CDBG funds support community development projects including affordable housing, public services, public facilities, and economic development. HOME funds support programs that create affordable housing for low-income households. ESG funds support projects that offer basic needs and housing stabilization services to community members experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Local organizations apply to the Community Development Program requesting these HUD funds for their projects.

The Community Development (CD) Committee reviews applications for Community Development Program funding and makes funding recommendations to the City Council. Learn more about the CD Committee. The CD Committee sets funding priorities based on input from the community.

Read HUD's end of year review letter for the 2017 program year. Also, the annual summaries for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Solutions Grant are available.


Reports of key findings from the annual Needs Assessment. This information is given to the Community Development Committee to help guide their decisions about funding priorities for the next fiscal year.

FY 2020 Community Needs Assessment

FY 2019 Community Needs Assessment