City Holds First Grants Workshop

The City’s first joint Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and City Grant Workshop is in the books. The workshop was held on January 9, 2024, marking a significant milestone in the City’s commitment to fostering community growth and well-being for its residents. The workshop was held shortly after the application period opened. Designed to empower local non-profit organizations with essential knowledge about available grants and funding opportunities, the workshop proved to be a resounding success with approximately 40 people in attendance.

The CDBG program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), aims to support local community development activities that enhance the quality of life for low- to moderate-income individuals. The City of Goleta recognizes the importance of leveraging these federal resources to address the unique needs of its residents and organizations.

The workshop provided a platform for participants to learn about the details of the CDBG and City Grant programs. This encompassed a range of topics, including application processes, eligibility criteria, and grant timelines.

One of the notable achievements of the workshop was the increased awareness among local nonprofits, community groups, and residents about funding opportunities available to them. The City of Goleta’s commitment to transparency and accessibility was evident as attendees gained valuable insights into navigating the grant application process and understanding how these funds could be utilized to make a positive impact on the community.

The deadline for grant applications was January 26. Applications will be reviewed by the City’s Human Services, Homelessness Issues, and Economic Development Standing Committees, as well as the Parks and Recreation Commission. These groups will evaluate the applications and make funding recommendations to the City Council. The Council then awards the grants at a meeting in the spring, likely in May of 2024.

As the City of Goleta celebrates the success of its first joint CDBG and City Grant Workshop, it looks forward to the positive impact that the funded efforts will have on the community. By empowering local stakeholders and promoting community-driven solutions, Goleta is setting the stage for sustained progress and prosperity for years to come.