Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building


Community Compass is HUD?s integrated technical assistance and capacity building initiative. Community Compass is designed to help HUD?s customers navigate complex housing and community development challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully and be more effective stewards of HUD funding. The goal of Community Compass is to empower communities by providing effective technical assistance and capacity building so that successful program implementation is sustained over the long term. Recognizing that HUD?s customers often interact with a variety of HUD programs as they deliver housing or community development services, Community Compass brings together technical assistance investments from across HUD program offices, including the offices of Community Planning and Development, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Housing, and Public and Indian Housing. This cross-funding approach allows technical assistance to address the needs of grantees and subgrantees across multiple HUD programs, often within the same engagement, as well as address cross-agency issues.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115- 141), approved March 23, 2018; PL 115-123 for CDBG-DR; Section 6(j)(3) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437d(j)(3)) and Section 17 and 18 of the Annual Contributions Contract (HUD 53012A 7/95); the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11361b and 42 USC 11408; and any other authorities that may make additional funds available for award under this NOFA in the future. This also includes funding for the Fair Housing Training Academy.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Awardees 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, awardees 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 providers 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 a one-page application summary cover page with the application. The requested funding amount should be based on the number of available staff, the range and quality of their skills and knowledge, and the ability of the applicant to manage these resources to successfully execute multiple TA or capacity building engagements involving several covered programs simultaneously over a three-year period and indicate if the organization is a small business.
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 customers across multiple programs or topics. For prior awardees, 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: The GTR and GTM review work plan and work plan amendments, as well as invoices and accompanying activity reports. GTRs and/or GTMs review products/training materials and training evaluations.
Not applicable.
Records which enable HUD to determine whether the grantee has met the requirements for the program and cooperative agreement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

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 NOFA, 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
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Stephanie Stone
451 Seventh Street SW
Room 7218
Washington, DC 20147 US
Phone: (202) 708-3176
Fax: 202 619-5979
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$68,520,790.00; FY 19 est $56,218,000.00; FY 20 est $56,000,000.00; FY 17$57,423,608.00; FY 16$58,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The Range is between $250,000 and $20,000,000. The applicant awarded funding for Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Program TA may receive less than the minimum award amount. The maximum award amount is an estimate based on the amount of funding available and the expected number of awards.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FY2018 Appropriations Act.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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