Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants, Deadline Aug. 8

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants will support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which will transform these communities into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods by linking housing improvements with appropriate services, schools, public assets, transportation, and access to jobs. The program is focused on directing resources to address three core goals � housing, people and neighborhoods. To achieve these core goals, communities must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.

Choice Neighborhoods eligible applicants are Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.  Tribal housing agencies, tribally designated housing entities, and individuals are not eligible to apply.

Eligible neighborhoods for Choice Neighborhoods grant funds include neighborhoods with
(1) at least 20 percent of the households estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes and
(2) that are experiencing distress related to one or more of the following:
(a) high crime; defined as where either the Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I crimes per 1000 persons) over the past three years (2008-2010) is at least 1.5 times the per capita Part I violent crime rate (measured as Part I crimes per 1000 persons) of the city or, where no city data is available, county/parish in which the neighborhood is located over the same time frame; or the rate is greater than 18 crimes per 1000 persons; OR
(b) high vacancy or substandard homes; defined as where either the most current rate within the last year of long-term vacant or substandard homes is at least 1.5 times higher than that of the city or, where no city data is available, county/parish as a whole; or the rate is greater than 4 percent; OR
(c) inadequate schools; defined as where either a low-performing public school or a persistently lowest-achieving public school is in the neighborhood or at least 20 percent of the children from the target public and/or HUD-assisted housing attend such a school.
B. Match Requirements
1. Choice Neighborhoods Grant Match. HUD is required by section 24(c)(1)(A) of the 1937 Act (42 U.S.C. 1437v(c)(1)(A)) to include the requirement for matching funds for all HOPE VI-related grants, which includes Choice Neighborhoods. You are required to have matching funds in the amount of five percent of the requested grant amount in cash or in-kind donations. Applications that do not demonstrate the minimum five percent match will not be considered for funding.

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Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants, Deadline Aug. 8

Rural Innovation Fund, Applications Due Feb. 22

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 Applicants

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.

Rural Innovation Fund, Applications Due Feb. 22

Rural Community Development Initiatives Grants, Due Dec. 22

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.

Eligible Applicants

  • 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:

  • $6,256,000
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs, e.g.,  homeownership education or training for business entrepreneurs.
  3. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development.
  4. Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing.
  5. Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects.
  6. 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.
  7. Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and information technology.
  8. 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.
  9. Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs and training expenses related to RCDI.

Ineligible Fund Uses

  1. Pass-through grants, capacity grants, and any funds provided to the recipient in a lump sum that are not reimbursements.
  2. Funding a revolving loan fund (RLF).
  3. Construction (in any form).
  4. Salaries for positions involved in construction, renovations, rehabilitation, and any oversight of these types of activities.
  5. Intermediary preparation of strategic plans for recipients.
  6. Funding prostitution, gambling, or any illegal activities.
  7. Grants to individuals.
  8. 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.
  9. Paying obligations incurred before the beginning date without prior Agency approval or after the ending date of the grant agreement.
  10. Purchasing real estate.
  11. Improvement or renovation of the grantee’s, or recipient’s office space or for the repair or  maintenance of privately owned vehicles.
  12. Any other purpose prohibited in 7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, and 3019, as applicable.
  13. Using funds for recipient’s general operating costs.

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Rural Community Development Initiatives Grants, Due Dec. 22

MSHDA Funding Window Open, Sept 14-25

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:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mshda_2005_HRF_Master_114626_7.pdf

MSHDA Funding Window Open, Sept 14-25

Neighborhood Stabilization Applications Due July 17

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) for the purpose of stabilizing communities through the purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned homes and residential properties. NSP1 provides grants to all states and selected local governments on a formula basis. NSP2, funded by the Recovery Act, provides competitive grants to states, local governments, nonprofits and a consortium of nonprofit entities. The Recovery Act also allocates $50 million for Neighborhood Stabilization Program Technical Assistance (NSP-TA) grants to national and local technical assistance providers to support recipients of NSP grants.

Grant Information:
NSP2: HUD will allocate NSP2 Recovery Act funds on a competitive basis. Eligible grantees include states, units of general local government, nonprofit entities, and consortia of nonprofit entities. Any lead applicant may submit a proposal in partnership with one or more for-profit organization. HUD will narrow the field of qualified geographies based on a calculation of need.
NSP-TA: Of the $50 million in competitive NSP-TA grants for technical assistance to HUD development program grantees, $11.5 million is available for local TA activities and the remaining $38.5 million is available for national and regional TA activities. Eligible entities are states, units of general local government, non-profit entities, for-profit entities, and a consortium of organizations. HUD will select NSP-TA providers on the basis of capacity and experience in: 1) undertaking the eligible TA activities;
2) the ability to manage and expend the requested level of funds within the three-year performance period; and
3) leveraging resources by using existing materials and limiting duplicative efforts. Activities eligible for funding must address the following TA priorities for HUD’s community development programs grantees and sub recipients:
Designing and implementing NSP activities,
Building capacity,
Developing strategies to serve low-income households,
Adopting green development principles,
Improving performance and reporting techniques on NSP activities,
Developing and delivering Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) system training.

Neighborhood Stabilization Applications Due July 17