Apply for Community Agency funding

The City of Hayward provides grants through the Community Agency Funding Program to private nonprofit and public social services agencies that serve lower income Hayward residents. Grants are available for Social Services, Infrastructure, Economic Development, Arts, Music annually through the Community Agency Funding Process.

Applications for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 funding are closed. To be notified about the next round of funding for Fiscal Year 2025-2026, sign up for our Community Services email list by subscribing to the Community Services Commission option below.

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For FY2024-2025 Applicants:

Public Comment Period: February 21, 2024 through March 20, 2024

Following interviews from the Application Review Committee, the Committees will go to the Community Services Commission to introduce their recommendations for funding on Wednesday, February 21st at 7PM at City Hall Conference Room 2A and on Zoom Webinar. Login details are provided on the agenda on Friday, February 16th.

All interested persons are invited to attend the meeting to speak or offer written comments regarding the proposed FY2024-2025 CDBG, Social Services, and Arts and Music Recommendations. This will be an opportunity for anyone to provide their input on the proposed allocations.

To comply with the Federal requirements, the City of Hayward will hold this public comment period beginning February 21, 2024 and ending March 20, 2024. All written comments  outside of the Community Services Commission meetings can be directed via email to Emily Hwang at emily.hwang@hayward-ca.gov

  • February 21, 2024: Community Services Commission meeting, Public Comment Period begins
  • February 21 - March 20, 2024: Public Comment Period, email any comments to emily.hwang@hayward-ca.gov
  • March 20, 2024: Community Services Commission meeting, Public Comment Period ends

Notice of Public Comment  Adviso de Comentario Público

Application Process:

To be eligible to receive these funds, applicants must meet a number of minimum application and contracting requirements.

The Community Agency funding process is highly competitive. Request for Proposal (RFP) and application packets are generally issued annually, with the RFP leased in November and proposals due December. Proposals are reviewed December through March by both staff and the Community Services Commission, and funds are awarded by City Council in April. Funded program activities begin in July. Below are the funded agencies for FY 2023-2024.

Community Services Commission's recommended FY 2023-2024 funding allocations

Notice of Funding Availability:

The Notice of Funding Availability funding for FY 2024-2025 was posted on September 29, 2023 and applications for funding were due on December 1, 2023. The Notice included federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, City General Funds (subject to availability), and Measure B/BB Paratransit Funds for Fiscal Year 2024-2025. 

Bidder's Conference for FY 2024-25 Funding Applications:

On November 1, 2023, the City hosted a mandatory bidder's conference for all prospective applicants for all funding sources listed above. The Bidder's Conference is designed to acquaint the public, including applicants, with the application and decision-making process for the City's community agency funding grantmaking activities, including the funding process and program guidelines. The Bidder's Conference materials for FY 2024-25 funding are listed below.

As of November 6, 2023, the RFP Packet was amended to reflect changes to fiscal sponsorship and audit requirements. As such, some questions answered in the Zoom recording may be outdated - please refer to the Q&A PDF for the most updated answers.

Archived information: