Capacity Building For Sustainable Communities


The Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Program identifies consortia comprised of intermediary organizations that can provide capacity building support for communities engaged in planning efforts that support community involvement and integrate economic and workforce development, housing, land use, land cleanup and preparation for reuse, transportation, and infrastructure investments. The grantee(s) selected deliver capacity building support to communities across the United States and maintain a national coalition and leadership network to provide online, virtual, and in-person training, technical assistance, and peer exchange to share successful strategies, lessons learned, emerging tools and public engagement strategies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Community Planning and Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
HUD’s FY 2012 Transformation Initiative (Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-55, November 18, 2011)) and HUD’s FY 2013 Transformation Initiative (Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 113-6, March 26, 2013)).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This program, supports a consortium comprised of the following eligible entities:
a. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization;
b. A local or state public agency;
c. A for-profit organization (for-profit firms are eligible, however, while allowed to cover their direct and indirect costs, they are not allowed to earn a profit from the project, and are not eligible to receive EPA funding);
d. A nationally recognized and accredited University or College; or
e. Any combination of the aforementioned entities combining their skills and offering a coordinated program as a Capacity Building Team or Consortium. A Capacity Building Team must designate a Lead Applicant to act as the fiscal agent for the grant.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The selected grantees(s) provide technical assistance to the FY 2010 and FY 2011 HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge grant recipients, HUD Preferred Sustainability Status Communities, and select EPA Sustainable Community Technical Assistance (pending availability of EPA funding) recipients (collectively “Sustainable Communities Grantees”). Eligible EPA beneficiaries include those under the Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Program, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities Brownfields Planning Pilot Program, and technical assistance recipients from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities from June 2009 to April 2013 (e.g., under the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, the Greening America’s Capitals Program, and the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program).
In the most recent Capacity Building NOFA, to receive an award of funds, all members of the consortium were required to meet all threshold requirements contained in HUD’s Fiscal Year 2013 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Policy Requirements, the General Section to HUD’s FY 2013 NOFAs for Discretionary Programs, and the requirements of this program, including the Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Awards Management (SAM) that consolidated the capabilities of Central Contractor Registration (CCR), compliance with Fair Housing and Civil Rights Laws, provisions relating to Delinquent Federal Debts, and Name Check Review.
Additional threshold requirements included:
a. Match. Applicants were required to provide a minimum of 10 percent of the total grant funds requested in match or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions in the form of staff time, donated materials, services, or other allowable uses contributing directly to the completion of the funding request were accepted.
b. Eligibility requirements. Applicants were required to meet the eligibility requirements in Section III.A.1. Selected applicants were required to be fully staffed and ready to perform all approved work activities within 30 days of award. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
Award Procedure
Successful applicants receive a letter from the CPD/Office of Economic Resilience providing details regarding the effective start date of the cooperative agreement and any additional data and information that must be submitted to execute the award. This letter is not an authorization to begin work or incur costs under the cooperative agreement.
HUD requires selected intermediaries to participate in negotiations to determine the specific terms of the cooperative agreement, and budget. Selected intermediaries must develop a Logic Model identifying the grant activities and associated outputs as well as outcomes. If HUD is unable to successfully conclude negotiations with a selected intermediary, HUD will not make an award. If the applicant accepts the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement, a signed cooperative agreement must be returned by the date specified.
For a period of at least 60 days, beginning 15 days after the awards for assistance are publicly announced, HUD will provide to a requesting applicant a debriefing related to its application upon a request submitted in writing or by email to the contact listed under the “Agency Contact” section in the NOFA by the authorized grant official whose signature appears on the SF424 or by his or her successor in office.
Aug 07, 2013 In FY'13, applications were due by 11:59:59 PM Eastern time on August 7, 2013.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selection Criteria
In the most recent Capacity Building NOFA:
Rating Factor 1: Capacity of the Applicant and Relevant Organizational Experience
a. Organizational Capacity and Qualification
b. Capability and Qualification of Key Personnel
c. Experience Delivering Capacity Specific to the Needs of Sustainable Communities Grantees
Rating Factor 2: Understanding of Sustainability
Rating Factor 3: Soundness of Approach
a. Assessing the Needs for Capacity within the Cohort
b. Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Delivery
c. Ability to Bring Capacities to Grantees that Explicitly Advance their Project Implementation
d. Process to Disseminate Lessons Learned from Capacity Building to a Broader Constituency
e. Ability to Build on the Existing Sustainable Communities Learning Network
f. Budget Proposal
Rating Factor 4: Leveraging Additional Resources
Rating Factor 5: Achieving Results and Program Evaluation.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible activities promote the overall capacity building outcomes of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities including, but not limited to, the following:
a. Building the technical skills of Sustainable Communities Grantees to achieve their program objectives.
b. Documenting model sustainability policies, codes, and standards for broad dissemination.
c. Providing selected case management as designated by HUD.
d. Distributing models for governance and engagement.
e. Enabling peer exchange.
f. Facilitating conference and convening opportunities.
g. Developing appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools. Funds use is subject to statutory constraints. All awards are subject to the funding restrictions described in detail in Section IV, Subpart E of the General Section of the NOFA.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Successful applicants are required to submit semiannual and final program and financial reports according to the requirements of the CPD/Office of Economic Resilience. Grantees must complete the SF-425. and the HUD Form 40105 Sustainable Communities Initiative Progress Report Template. Awards and subawards made either as pass-through awards, subrecipient awards, or vendor awards and executive compensation information must be reported in the federal government-wide website or its successor system in accordance with the requirements of Federal Financial Assistance Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110-252, and OMB Guidance issued to the Federal agencies on September 14, 2010 (75 FR 55669) and in OMB Policy guidance. Performance monitoring is conducted by the CPD/Office of Economic Resilience.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In FY'13, the period of performance was 18 months. The period of availability of funds was in compliance with 24 CFR part 85.23 with grantees liquidating all obligations incurred under the award not later than 90 days after the end of the performance period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is released upon approval of vouchers for reimbursement of expenditures.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Dwayne S. Marsh 451 7th Street SW
Room 10180, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: (202) 402-6316 Fax: (202) 708-0465
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0402-0-1-451 - For the FY'13 Capacity Building NOFA, FY'13 HUD Transformation Initiative Funds.
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 $4,625,000; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2,000,000 to $4,500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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