Community Outreach Partnership Center Program


This program funds partnerships among institutions of higher education and communities to solve urban problems through research, outreach and exchange of information.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
Each year approximately 16 new grants and 7 renewal grants are awarded to colleges, community colleges, and universities to accomplish a wide range of objectives including creating new businesses, providing health care to patients, offering job training and counseling, etc. For FY 2002, 16 New Grants and 8 grants to previously funded COPC grantees to undertake new activities were awarded. Similar numbers are anticipated for FY 2003.
Community Outreach Partnership Act of 1992; Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, Section 851, Public Law 102-550; Public Law 106-377.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of higher education with demonstrated ability to carry out eligible activities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Institutions of higher education (to help build their urban research and outreach capacity) and the communities served by those institutions.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for colleges and universities.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Applicants will respond to competitive requirements contained in a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register and detailed application requirements contained in kits available with each NOFA competition.
Award Procedure
Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and ranked, and awards made to the highest ranking applications, subject to the Department's right to make selections out of rank order based on geographic considerations as detailed in each NOFA.
Will be announced in each NOFA publication.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
A new competitive round and application procedure is initiated by each NOFA. Some rounds allow for competitive funding for previous grantees. These grants can only be for two years and for a maximum of $150,000.
How are proposals selected?
Will be listed in each NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
Research and outreach activities funded under this program must focus on problems associated with housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, infrastructure, health care, job training, education, crime prevention, planning, community organizing and other areas deemed appropriate by the Secretary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Semi-annual and final financial and program progress reports.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Must be kept in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Applicants must provide at least 25 percent of the total budget for proposed outreach activities and at least 50 percent of the total budget for proposed research activities. Higher percentages are required for renewal grants.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
New projects are be funded to operate for three years; renewal projects are funded to operate for two years.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
For application kits, contact the Super NOFA Information Center at 1-800-HUD-8929. For answers to technical questions, contact Armand Carriere in the Office of University Partnerships, Office of Policy Development and Research, 451 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-3061, extension 3181. E-mail
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02 $7,500,000; FY 03 est $6,954,500; and FY 04 est $8,000,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$150,000 to $400,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For application kits contact the HUD Super NOFA Information Center at 1-800-HUD-8929.
Examples of Funded Projects
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will use its grant funds to assist the University District area, a 929 acre area of retail, service and small industries, and residential areas. Frostburg State University will utilize their 2003 COPC grant to establish partnerships with over 40 community organizations to address capacity building, and affordable housing issues.


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