This Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) announces the availability of funding for the Program Year (PY) July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG Program authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, is funded and regulated (24 CFR, Part 570) at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered locally by the City of Columbia’s Community Development Department. 

The City of Columbia is receiving applications from qualified entities to apply for funding under this Request for Applications (RFA). The primary objective is to fund Public Service projects and activities that principally benefit low-and moderate-income (LMI) persons, aid in the elimination of slums and blight, or respond to an urgent need.  Must be consistent with locally developed CDBG Program Priorities Needs and Goals addressed in the City’s Consolidated Plan. 

HUD uses a formula each year to calculate the City’s annual grant allocation; the funding amount is not predetermined.  For FY2019-2020 we estimate $2,387,184 in CDBG revenue, ($1,026,764 in new entitlement, estimated $650,000 in Revolving Loan Fund Program Income (RLF/PI) and $710,420 in prior RLF/PI).   A total of $150,000 is available for Public Service Activities located in the City’s redevelopment areas.  The City has designated $1,878,782 for public facility improvements and affordable housing activities located within the four (4) priority redevelopment areas as defined by City Council and identified in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.   


During the 2019-2020 funding cycle, applications for CDBG Program funding are available for Public Service Activities only. This NOFA/RFA is a one (1) year funding request. 

The City of Columbia will hold a technical assistance workshop and can schedule individual technical assistance sessions to provide applicants sufficient assistance to submit competitive applications for funding. Applicants are required to attend the workshop as a condition of application submission. No application will be accepted from any organization that did not attend the technical assistance workshop.  


October 30, 2018 @ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Woodforest National Bank Community Center

3730 N. Main St. Suite D 

Columbia, SC 29203


This NOFA/RFA may be obtained online at, OR visit the Community Development Department at 1225 Lady Street, Ste 102, Columbia, SC 29201.  If you have any questions regarding this NOFA you may contact the Community Development Department at (803) 545-3373 or by email at [email protected].

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FY 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing

                                                                       CLICK HERE FOR THE DRAFT OF OUR FY2018-19 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN 

In Fiscal Year 2018-2019, the City of Columbia expects to receive continued federal funding through three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement grants: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  In order to receive these HUD grants, the City of Columbia must submit an Annual Action Plan to HUD that provides the community needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities with regard to housing, community development, economic development, and public services. The City has begun development of its FY2018-2019 Action Plan, which is due to HUD on or before May 15, 2018.

The proposed FY2018-2019 Annual Action Plan is a component of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan that identifies resources and strategies to assist in meeting the housing and community development needs and includes plans for monitoring performance. Financial resources the City intends to have available in new entitlement grants only, are based on last year’s funding level. Estimates include $1,026,764 in CDBG funds, $617,617 in HOME funds and $1,406,384 in HOPWA funds. Other available funding sources include prior year entitlement 2014 -2017 ($199,650), estimated CDBG Revolving Loan Fund (PI) $1,124,909 and HOME Program Income $250,000.

Two (2) Public Hearings will be held:

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Woodforest Community Development & Education Center, 3730 N. Main St., North Main Plaza, Suite D, Columbia, SC 29203 @ 6:00 p.m. 

***Revised Date*** Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at City Council Meeting, City Hall 3rd Floor, 1737 Main St., Columbia, SC, 2920@ 6:00 p.m. 

Citizens will have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed Annual Action Plan during the public hearings and during the 30-day public comment period: April 12, 2018 – June 20, 2018.  A summary of citizen comments will be included in the FY2018-2019 Annual Action Plan to be submitted to HUD.

The draft Annual Action Plan will be available from April 12, 2018 until June 20, 2018.   Public comments regarding the Annual Action Plan Report should be mailed to the Community Development Department, 1225 Lady St., Suite 102, Columbia, SC 29201, faxed to (803) 255-8912 or e -mailed to [email protected] For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at (803) 545-3373.