Pima County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds community facilities and infrastructure projects in low-income neighborhoods and communities throughout rural Pima County (outside the cities of Tucson and South Tucson). The CDBG program provides facilities and services where other financial resources aren't available to meet neighborhood needs.
The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) has been serving Pima County since 1978. Since then, block grants from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have returned over $55 million of taxpayers' funds to the county. HUD allocates funds to Pima County based characteristics of population, income and conditions of housing.
CDBG funds are used to revitalize lower income neighborhoods through housing rehabilitation, public facilities, infrastructure improvements and the provision of public services. The CDBG program has enriched lives by providing facilities and services where other financial resources were not available.
New Requests for Proposals can be viewed at
RFPs and Funding Opportunites.
Who is Eligible?
- Neighborhood Associations
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Fire Departments, Water Companies, Health Clinics
Target Areas (neighborhoods) are specific areas in Pima County that have been identified for community development assistance based on household income. To be eligible, the target area must have more than 51% of the households below 80% of the median income as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG program areas include:
Ajo, Amado, Arivaca, Avra, Valley, Catalina, Continental, Drexel, Heights, Flowing Wells, Helmet Peak, Littletown, Picture Rocks, Rillito, Robles, Junction, South Nogales Highway Area, Vail, Valencia West, Why
What Projects are Eligible?
Projects must meet the national objective of the program, which is to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. For an activity to meet the objective, it either must have:
- Income eligibility requirements that limit the benefits of that project to low- and moderate-income persons
- The project must be located in an area that is inhabited predominately by residents who are low and moderate-income.
Examples of projects eligible for CDBG funding include:
- Construction or Remodeling of Child Care Centers
- Construction or Remodeling of Community Centers
- Water and Sewer Systems
- Fire Protection Facilities and Equipment
- Senior Citizen Centers
- Parks and Playground improvements
- Street Lighting
- Housing Rehabilitation
- Modifications for elderly and handicap, for access and improvements to their homes
- Health clinics and medical equipment
- Public Services
Up to 15% of Pima County's allotment for CDBG programs can be used for public services projects.
Some examples are:
- Hot meals programs
- Preschool tuition aid
- After-school programs
- Crime prevention
- Housing counseling
- Health care programs
Proposal forms are usually available in mid-November from the Pima County Department of Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation.
- Public presentations are made to citizen groups from November to January in each target area.
- Proposals are usually due in early February.
- CDBG staff reviews proposals and prepare recommendations for funding.
- Funding recommendations are presented to the Pima County Administrator's Office.
- Pima County Board of Supervisors finalizes funding decisions and adoption of the CDBG program, usually in early summer.
- Upon HUD approval, Pima County receives funding for projects on October 1.
CDBG funding is limited. Funding requests must be well planned and supported, demonstrating the financial and managerial feasibility of the project, and demonstrating the ability of meeting the goal of serving the needs of low to moderate-income individuals.
Sample Contract: CDBG Contract
City of Tucson Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
The City of Tucson's CDBG Program funds community facilities and infrastructure projects within city limits. Program details are available at the City of Tucson website or call (520) 791-4171.