HUD is introducing Planning and Action Grants, a new type of planning grant award, in addition to the two-year Planning Grants.
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.
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 skeptical 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, as defined in section I.A.3.f, are 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.
HUD is making available approximately $10 million in assistance through the FY2015/FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods program for Planning Grants and Planning and Action Grants. Under this publication, eligible applicants will apply for Planning and Action Grants. The top scoring applicants will be awarded Planning and Action Grants, and the next set of highest scoring applicants will be awarded Planning Grants, based on funding availability.
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The purpose of the Rural Fund is to provide support for highly targeted and innovative grants dedicated to addressing the problems of concentrated rural housing distress and community poverty for projects that demonstrate a great likelihood of substantial impact in addressing the housing needs and community poverty in the project area. HUD is making available awards in two funding categories: Category 1, Single Purpose Grants or Comprehensive Grants that address the need for highly targeted projects that address the problem of concentrated rural housing distress and community poverty in rural areas; and Category 2 Economic Development and Entrepreneurship for Federally Recognized Indian Tribes.
There is no cost-sharing requirement.
Eligible Category 1 applicants for the Rural Fund grant program are local rural nonprofit organizations, community development corporations, federally recognized Indian tribes, state housing finance agencies, and state community and/or economic development agencies.
Eligible Category 2 applicants are limited to federally recognized Indian tribes. Also, you must meet all of the applicable threshold eligibility requirements described in Section III.C. of the General Section.
Grants to develop the capacity and ability of nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas.
- City or township governments
- State governments
- Special district governments
- Independent school districts
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
- County governments
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- For profit organizations other than small businesses
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Estimated Total Program Funding:
- Award Ceiling: $300,000
- Award Floor: $50,000
The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minumum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000.00 and $300,000.00. The Recipient, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of less than 50,000 inhabitants.
Fund uses must be consistent with the RCDI purpose. A nonexclusive list of eligible grant uses includes the following:
- Provide technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development, i.e., the intermediary hires a staff person to provide technical assistance to the recipient or the recipient hires a staff person, under the supervision of the intermediary, to carry out the technical assistance provided by the intermediary.
- Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs, e.g., homeownership education or training for business entrepreneurs.
- Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development.
- Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing.
- Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects.
- Assist recipients in completing predevelopment requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal.
- Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and information technology.
- Purchase of computers, software, and printers, limited to $10,000 per award, at the recipient level when directly related to the technical assistance program being undertaken by the intermediary.
- Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs and training expenses related to RCDI.
Ineligible Fund Uses
- Pass-through grants, capacity grants, and any funds provided to the recipient in a lump sum that are not reimbursements.
- Funding a revolving loan fund (RLF).
- Construction (in any form).
- Salaries for positions involved in construction, renovations, rehabilitation, and any oversight of these types of activities.
- Intermediary preparation of strategic plans for recipients.
- Funding prostitution, gambling, or any illegal activities.
- Grants to individuals.
- Funding a grant where there may be a conflict of interest, or an appearance of a conflict of interest, involving any action by the Agency.
- Paying obligations incurred before the beginning date without prior Agency approval or after the ending date of the grant agreement.
- Purchasing real estate.
- Improvement or renovation of the grantee’s, or recipient’s office space or for the repair or maintenance of privately owned vehicles.
- Any other purpose prohibited in 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, and 3019, as applicable.
- Using funds for recipient’s general operating costs.
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MSHDA’s Office of Community Development (OCD) has released its 2009 Housing Resource Fund (HRF) Summary in support of Michigan’s local housing initiatives. The HRF Summary discusses the objectives of the Housing Resource Fund, applicant eligibility and program offerings.
As a reminder, the funding windows for Housing Resource Fund applications are:
Window 1 March 23 – April 3, 2009
Window 2 September 14 – 25, 2009
Revisions and deletions are set forth in the 2009 HRF Summary. Briefly, the significant changes are:
• OCD Staff lists and map
• Homebuyer Quickfinder
• Homebuyer – Closing Costs and Other Fee Chart
• Homeowner section
• Small Scale Rental Development – the moratorium has been removed. Review this section with regard to projects of 1 to 24 units of affordable multifamily rental housing to be owned, developed or sponsored by community based nonprofit organizations.
• Rental Rehabilitation section and Quickfinder
• Administration section
• Income Limits
• HOME Program Rent Limits
• Section 203B Loans, Maximum Mortgage Limits
• Complementary Revitalization Programs and Targeted Areas
For the complete guidance document: