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Enterprise Community Partners: Addressing Rural and Tribal Data Gaps Grant

Deadline: September 6, 2019

Reliable community data is a critical tool for planners, but rural and tribal practitioners face unique challenges in accessing and using data to support housing stability. Frontline and non-technical staff may come from organizations with limited capacity and have fewer of the rich open-source resources or data portals that are available in large cities. Individuals working in areas with small or disbursed populations may find standard data sources are unreliable. They may also find existing data do not accurately depict the needs or experiences of rural or tribal residents who are especially likely to be needing an affordable, safe home or vulnerable to changes in affordability.

The Addressing Rural and Tribal Data Gaps Grant is designed to help practitioners resolve some of the challenges of using data to expand housing stability for low-income people and other vulnerable populations in rural and tribal communities. Projects or programs that expand housing stability may include:

  • Coordinated efforts to assess local housing needs
  • Cross-partnerships to reduce homelessness
  • Administering surveys to measure the impact of affordable homes
  • Conducting analyses to solve affordability concerns
  • Developing needs assessments to mitigate overcrowded or unsafe conditions
  • Creating and using maps to close equity gaps

The Data Gaps Grant will support community development corporation (CDC) and certified community housing development organization (CHDOs) that are supporting the collection and/or analysis of data (primary or secondary) to better understand community needs, design programs, and evaluate successes of programs or projects that improve housing stability for low-income and other vulnerable populations. For the purposes of this grant, data may include qualitative, numeric, or other forms, such as interviews, participant stories, surveys, images, maps, non-public datasets, and other forms. Data may be collected by organizations (primary data) and/or exist in already collected forms (secondary data).

Amount: Grants of up to $60,000 will be awarded for a period of 12 months.

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • Be a community development corporation (CDC) or certified community housing development organization (CHDOs). Other eligible organizations, determined by Enterprise, may include organizations serving Native American Populations with a defined mission that includes affordable housing such as Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs), or Tribal Housing Authorities (THAs).
  • Have a physical presence in or primarily serve individuals located in Section 4-designated rural communities, as well as Indian reservations, or tribal trust lands; and/or primarily serve members of Native American populations.
  • Proposed community development projects or programs for which grantees are collecting and/or analyzing data must address the needs of families and persons of low income as required under the Section 4 program (80% Average Median Income or lower). Low-income families are defined as a single person who may be elderly, displaced, disabled, near elderly, or any other single person OR a group of persons residing together or households (any persons occupying a housing unit).

See solicitation for additional eligibility details.

Link: https://www.enterprisecommunity.org/financing-and-development/grants#address

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