Planning & Development

Annual Funding Process

CARES Act Supplemental Funding - CDBG-CV and ESG-CV


The City of Duluth has received a special allocation of funds to address the current COVID-19 pandemic from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This funding was approved through the passing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The purpose of the additional funds is to provide communities the ability to quickly respond to community needs in the face of  the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD has allocated just over $2 million in CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funds to the City of Duluth to assist community members whose lives and well-being have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Insights and immediate community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic were provided by community members and community-focused organizations during a public comment period at the beginning of May. In addition to mailed and emailed comments, the City gathered input at a virtual comment session on April 30th and a virtual CD Committee Public Hearing held on May 5th.

CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding details and proposed activities.

June 10, 2020: The City of Duluth is currently accepting project proposals for CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding. Details available on the City Purchasing page listed under 20-14AA RFP for Covid19 Special HUD Allocation

Key dates (please review the RFP for more details):

June 17, 2020: Strongly encouraged online RFP Review Session and Q&A

June 24, 2020: Proposals due electronically to the Purchasing Office

The City of Duluth (the City) requests proposals from organizations that will assist the community to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. Organizations responding to the RFP should have organizational infrastructure to receive and manage federal funds and have the capacity to carry out their proposal as efficiently and effectively as possible to ensure the community is able to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic needs. The City will use the RFP process to select proposals that respond to the community’s most pressing needs caused by the Covid19 pandemic.

Community Development Funding 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.

FY 2020 Application Information

Final FY 2020 Funding Recommendations (5.5.20)

PowerPoint from Technical Assistance Session (7.25.19)

Application Instructions

Application Document

Application Scoring Criteria

Specialized Improvement Area Maps 


FY 2019 Application Information

Final Funding Spreadsheet: 6/24/2019

Final FY 2019 Funding Recommendations 12/4/18

Draft FY 2019 Action Plan Summary

Draft FY 2019 Action Plan and Public Hearing Notice

2019 Application Staff Reports

2019 Application Scoring Criteria



Subgrantee Information

PowerPoint from Technical Assistance Session (7.25.19)

Pre-Award Documents Checklist

FY 2019 Payment Request Cover Sheet & Summary Sheet Template

FY 2019 Quarterly Report Template


Additional Program Information

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 2015 through 2019. 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.

Data & Reports

Below you can find information regarding the Community Development Program. Comprehensive year-end reports detailing the Program, called CAPERs, are available in the Planning Library. Some of the data below was pulled together in response to specific questions asked during outreach or CD Committee meetings. If you have questions about the information shared here, please contact Kathy Wilson

Community Needs Assessments

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

FY 2017 Community Needs Assessment

Three Year Project, Funding, and Race

Duluth @ Work Summary 

Funding amounts, programs/services, and the race of people served for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014.