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U.S. Department of Housing and Human Development: Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

Deadline: February 9, 2016

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants will support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which, when implemented, are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

  • Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood
  • People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth and supports delivered directly to youth and their families
  • Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community

For the the FY2015/2016 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants, HUD will award Planning and Planning and Action Grants, a new type of planning grant award, in addition to the two-year Planning Grants.

  1. Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.
  2. Planning and Action Grants are three-year planning grants that demonstrate a commitment to “doing while planning.” Experience shows that tangible, early actions help communities build momentum for further planning and the eventual transition from planning to implementation of that plan. These actions improve neighborhood confidence, which in turn sustains the community’s energy, attracts more engagement and resources, and helps convince stakeholders that positive change is possible. Under these grants, the planning process activities would take place during the first 24 months of the grant period. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period. Action Activities include physical improvement, community development, and economic development projects that enhance and accelerate the transformation of the neighborhood. Activities are limited to: reclaiming and recycling vacant property; beautification, place-making, and community arts projects; homeowner and business façade improvement programs; neighborhood broadband/Wi-Fi; and gap financing for economic development projects. Action Activities must build upon the planning for the target housing and neighborhood.

Amount: $10,000,000 is available for both Planning Grants and Planning and Action Grants. It is anticipated that eight awards will be made: approximately four Planning and Action Grants not to exceed $2 million each, and approximately four Planning Grants not to exceed $500,000.

Eligibility: Public Housing Authorities, local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits.

At least 20 percent of the households estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes; and that are experiencing distress related to one or more of the following: (a) high crime; or (b) high vacancy or substandard homes; or (c) inadequate schools. (See specific definitions in the RFP.)

Link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa2015/cnpg

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