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

Deadline: September 13, 2016

The Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants Program funds national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development to strengthen the capacity of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian Tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

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.

Activities undertaken as part of, or as a result of, capacity building efforts described shall support the implementation of other HUD programs in rural areas, including, but not limited to, the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), and the Continuum of Care program. Grantees are encouraged to build the capacity of entities in rural areas that lack designated rural housing development organizations, CDCs, or CHDOs and to ensure that those entities gain new access or expand existing access to federal funding.

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

Eligibility: National organizations, defined as as a non-profit entity or consortium that has continuous experience in rural housing, including experience working with rural housing development organizations (RHDOs), CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes, as evidenced by past and continuing work in one or more states in five or more of the Federal regions described on HUD’s website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/localoffices/regions

Link: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail/nofa16/ruralcapbldg

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