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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants Program

Deadline: September 14, 2015

Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) create affordable housing and support economic development in communities across the Nation. Rural communities have unique challenges in developing and implementing effective housing and community development plans. The funding appropriated for this program is intended to serve high-need rural areas and help rural housing development organizations, community development organizations (CDCs), community housing development organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes obtain financing, training, and technical assistance necessary to undertake effective community development activities. The Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing (Rural Capacity Building) program is intended to fund applicants with demonstrated expertise in affordable housing and community development in high-need rural communities.

Funds may be used to provide the following services:

  • Training, education, support, and advice to enhance the technical and administrative capabilities of rural housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes, including the capacity to participate in consolidated planning, as well as, in fair housing planning and Continuum of Care homeless assistance efforts that help ensure community-wide participation in assessing area needs; consulting broadly within the community; cooperatively planning for the use of available resources in a comprehensive and holistic manner; and assisting in evaluating performance under these community efforts and in linking plans with neighboring communities in order to foster regional planning.
  • Loans, pass-through grants, development assistance, predevelopment assistance, or other financial
    assistance to rural housing organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes to carry
    out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and
    moderate-income families and persons, including the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of housing for low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons, and community and economic development activities that create jobs for low-income persons.
  • Such other activities as may be determined by the grantees in consultation with HUD.

Amount: $5,000,000 is available for awards ranging from $500,000-$2,500,000 per year for up to four years.

Eligibility: Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status.

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

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