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, and Special Events.

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 proposals due in November. Proposals are reviewed December through March and funds are awarded by City Council in April. Funded program activities begin in July. 

Community Services Commission's review of FY2022-2023 applications and recommended funding allocations

Notice of Funding Availability:

The Notice of Funding Availability funding for FY 2024-2025 will be posted in the Fall of 2023. The FY 2023-2024 NOFA was posted on September 30, 2022 and proposals were due on December 1, 2022. 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 2023-2024. On April 25, 2023, the Council adopted the Community Services Commission's recommendations.

FY 2023-2024 Bidder's Conference:

On November 1, 2022, 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 are listed below.

Community Agency Funding Subcommittee:

On October 26, 2021 Council adopted a resolution authorizing the Mayor to select and appoint three (3) members of Council to form a sub-group to work with a committee of the Community Services Commission (CSC) to review and discuss the Community Agency Funding process and provide recommendations to the CSC and Council for further consideration.

The subcommittee meeting materials are listed below the meeting dates as they are finalized and the recording will be made available after each meeting.

Subcommittee Meetings:

  1. May 2: Understanding the Why – Priorities
  2. May 21: Understanding the What – Specific Details
  1. June 9: Developing the How – Implementation

Additional Meetings:

June 15: Community Services Commission Meeting

June 28: City Council Meeting

The selected subcommittee members are:

  • Councilmember Sara Lamnin
  • Councilmember Elisa Marquez
  • Councilmember Mark Salinas
  • Commissioner Crystal Arrizon
  • Commissioner Artavia Berry (ex officio)
  • Commissioner Austin Bruckner
  • Commissioner Arti Garg
  • Commissioner Linda Moore