Planning & Development

Annual Funding Process

Community Input Opportunities

See the information below regarding an online survey (available September 4 - 15th) and two Public Hearings (September 22nd).

Community Needs Assessment for FY 2021 Funding Priorities

The City of Duluth receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist households with low- and moderate-incomes (up to $61,450 for a family of four) and neighborhoods where most of the residents have low-an-moderate incomes. To gather input for funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, the City of Duluth asked people to complete a community needs survey. The survey was open from September 4 - September 15, 2020. Results will be presented at the September 22nd meeting and a summary report will be available on this website a few days after the meeting.

A public hearing will be held on September 22nd to learn about the results of this survey as well as the existing and emerging needs members of the community are experiencing. Needs that are identified will help to inform funding priorities to be included in the City of Duluth 2021 Annual Action Plan. Funding categories include:: 1) economic development (including job training) initiatives; 2) affordable housing development and services; 3) public facility improvements (such as community centers, parks, child care centers, senior centers, infrastructure improvements) in eligible neighborhoods (Morgan Park, West Duluth, Lincoln Park, Central Hillside and East Hillside/Endion neighborhoods); and 4) public services, such as access to affordable health care services and food programs.

Details about submitting comments and the Public Hearing are available in the Public Hearing Notice (click here).

CAPER Comment Period and Public Hearing

The 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) shows services goals and accomplishment for the fiscal year 2019 Community Development Funding Program. The draft 2019 CAPER is available for review below. The public comment period is open September 5 - September 22, 2020 and the Community Development Committee will hold a CAPER Public Hearing on September 22nd. Details about submitting comments and the Public Hearing are available in the Public Hearing Notice.

Draft 2019 CAPER (click here)

Details about submitting comments and the Public Hearing are available in the Public Hearing Notice (click here).

How to join the Virtual Public Hearings via Webex on September 22, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Link to join the Virtual Public Hearing: https://duluthmn.gov/live-meeting and click on "Community Development Committee"

Instructions for joining a live-meeting (click here)

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.

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

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.