Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building


Community Compass brings together technical assistance funding appropriations from across HUD program offices, including the offices of Community Planning and Development, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Housing, Public and Indian Housing, and Policy Development and Research. This cross-funding approach recognizes that HUDs grantees, subgrantees, and other customers often interact with a variety of HUD programs as they deliver housing or community development services. Community Compass allows for holistic technical assistance to address the program and policy implementation deficiencies and skill gaps of grantees and subgrantees across multiple HUD programs, often within the same engagement.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Negotiated Rulemaking Act U.S.C. 5 USC 565(c)
Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 U.S.C. 25 USC 4111
US Housing Act of 1937 U.S.C. 42 USC 1437d(j)(3)
Public Law 105-65
Public Law 106-74
McKinney-Vento Act U.S.C. 42 USC 11361b
McKinney-Vento Act U.S.C. 42 USC 11408
Public Law 113-6
Public Law 113-76
Public Law 113-235
Public Law 114-113
Public Law 115-31
Public Law 115-123
Public Law 115-141
Public Law 116-6
Public Law 116-20
Public Law 116-94
Public Law 116-136
Public Law 115-271
Public Law 117-103
Public Law 117-43
Public Law 117-328
Public Law 117-169
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Award recipients tasked to provide technical assistance to PHAs must have at least one staff, subcontractor, or consultant that has at least five years of demonstrated Public Housing programs experience, including agency operations, voucher programs, property management operations, and capital investment programs including capital improvements and various methods of housing development. In addition, award recipients tasked to provide technical assistance to PHAs must have at least one staff, subcontractor, or consultant that has at least two years of demonstrated finance and underwriting experience related to RAD conversions. Funds may only be used to assist organizations to improve their ability to manage HUD funds. Funds may not be used to assist individuals or families.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Selected award recipients will be deployed as HUD deems most necessary across the country to assist organizations receiving HUD funds to improve performance and management of HUD funds.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All applicants are required to submit an application in accordance the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO).
Award Procedure
In determining the amount awarded to a successful applicant, HUD will take into consideration the amount of funds available, the final score assigned to the application by HUD reviewers, and HUD's overall technical assistance needs, including establishing a range of subject matter expertise and geographic coverage, as well as an applicant's capacity to serve HUD's grantees, subgrantees, and other customers across multiple programs or topics. For prior award recipient, HUD may consider information from a Contracting Officer, GTR, GTM, POTAC, and/or other HUD staff, as appropriate, on past performance, as well as award balances not committed to TA tasks or work plans. These considerations may reduce an applicant's award. There may be insufficient funds available to make an award to every application scoring within the fundable range. HUD will send written notifications to both successful and unsuccessful applicants. A notification sent to a successful applicant is not an authorization to begin performance. Upon notification that an applicant has been selected for award, HUD will request additional information to be submitted or may work with the applicant to amend information that was already submitted as part of the application.
July 24, 2017 to September 7, 2016 Applications submitted through must be received by no later than 11:59:59 pm eastern time on the application deadline date. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for this listing will include criteria for selection and will be posted on
How may assistance be used?
All successful applicants must operate within the structure of the ‘demand-response system’. Under the demand-response system, HUD identifies technical assistance and capacity building needs and prioritizes them based on Departmental, programmatic and jurisdictional priorities. HUD is solely responsible for determining the entities to be assisted, the location, and the nature of the assistance to be provided. Successful applicants may be funded to conduct the following eligible activities: Needs Assessment; Direct TA and Capacity Building Engagements; Tools and Products; Self-Directed and Group Learning; Knowledge Management; Data Analysis, Reporting, and Performance Measurement; and NAHASDA Allocation Formula Administration and Negotiated Rulemaking and Consultation. These activities are further described in the Program Notice of Funding Availability.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Quarterly performance reports are required.
Not applicable.
Records must be kept in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is . 5%. Distressed Cities TA requires cost sharing or matching as described below, this requirement does not apply to Community Compass TA or Thriving Communities TA. Leveraging at least 5% of the total requested amount is a requirement for this NOFO. Leveraging beyond this 5% up to 10% will improve an applicant’s score. See sections I.A.1.b and V.A.1 of this NOFO. Generally, Federal sources are not allowed to be used as cost share, match, or leverage unless otherwise permitted by a program's authorizing statute (for example, HUD's Community Development Block Grants program).

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards will be for a period of up to 36 months. After selection for funding, but prior to award, applicants must submit financial and administrative information to comply with the cooperative agreement provisions. The requirements at 2CFR part 200 govern the selection of applicants and all awards executed pursuant to this NOFO, including commercial/for-profit entities. Prior to award execution, applicants must submit a certification from an Independent Public Accountant or the cognizant government auditor, stating that the applicant’s financial management system meets prescribed standards for fund control and accountability.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Stephanie Stone
451 Seventh Street SW
Room 7218
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: (202) 402-7418
Fax: 202 619-5979

Takiyah Worthy
451 7th Street SW, Room 7218
Washington, DC 20410 USA
Phone: 202-402-4898
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$71,612,244.00; FY 23 est $201,182,543.00; FY 24 est $81,000,000.00; FY 21$78,000,000.00; FY 20$88,971,618.00; FY 19$60,218,000.00; FY 18$68,520,790.00; FY 17$57,423,608.00; FY 16$58,000,000.00; - The FY 2023 estimate is based on: 1) Awards made under the FY2022 Thriving Communities NOFO in the amount of $4.75M. 2) FY 2022 and FY 2023 funding made available under the latest Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building NOFO, approximately $98,432,543 and $88,000,000 for each fiscal year, respectively. These awards are scheduled for obligation before September 30, 2023. 3) FY 2022 and FY 2023 funding made available under the latest Distressed Cities Technical Assistance NOFO, approximately $5,000,000 for each fiscal year. These awards are scheduled for obligation before September 30, 2023.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The Range is between $100,000 and $40,000,000. The maximum award amount is an estimate based on the amount of funding available and the expected number of awards.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Applicable regulations are enumerated in the authorizations section of this listing. Community Compass TA Program guidance documents are listed on the Program page of
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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