Funding and Grants

Each year, the City of Norfolk receives and allocates over $6 million through the following federal grants:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 
    • CDBG funds are used for a wide range of community development needs by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) 
    • HOME funds are used to improve the existing housing stock of homeowners or to build or renovate housing for low-income households.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) 
    • ESG funds are used to support shelter operations and case management, street outreach, homeless prevention, and rapid re-housing.

Examples of Funded Projects:

RAT Memorial Richard A Tucker Memorial Library
City CAP logoEconomic Development - CAP
ForKids logoHomeless Services @ ForKids

Eligible Subrecipients:   

Subrecipients are organizations that are provided federal funding from the City of Norfolk. To be eligible, subrecipients must meet all associated U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant requirements as well as federal Uniform Guidance regulations (2 CFR Part 200). 

Subrecipients may be Governmental Agencies, Private Nonprofits, and in limited circumstances, For-profit Entities.

  • Governmental Agencies are public agencies, commissions, or authorities that are independent of the grantee’s government (for example, a public housing authority or a park district). Grantee public agencies undertaking CDBG assisted activities are subject to the same requirements as are applicable to subrecipients (§570.501(a)).
  • Private Nonprofits are usually, but not always, corporations, associations, agencies, or faith-based organizations with nonprofit status under the Internal Revenue Code (Section 501(c)(3)), usually with a board of directors and an executive director in charge of daily administration. Examples of private nonprofits include private social services agencies (such as those providing job training or counseling, or day care providers), community development corporations, faith-based housing development groups, and operators of homeless shelters.
  • For-profit entities qualify as subrecipients only in limited circumstances. If you are a for-profit entity interested in accessing federal grants, please contact for more information. 

Eligible activities: 

Eligible activities depend on the specific grant but may include:  

  • Public services for low-income populations
  • Homeless services and homeless prevention
  • Affordable housing 
  • Home and Rental rehabilitation
  • Homebuyer assistance
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
  • Public facility and structural improvements in low-income neighborhoods, such as parks, sidewalks, community centers, and stormwater infrastructure.  


  • Interested organizations must compete annually for this funding. Applications are typically available in late November, with award decisions announced in May. Applications must be submitted through the eCivis platform.  Contracts run from July 1 to June 30 each year.
  • Application information will be posted to our News and Announcements page when available. 
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