Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants

 

The Rural Capacity Building program builds the capacity of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes (eligible beneficiaries) to serve their communities and low- and moderate-income families with community development and affordable housing activities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
14.265
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.
Authorization
Public Law 116-6
Funding for the FY 2019 Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing program was authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6, approved on February 15, 2019).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only National Organizations that are 503(c)(3) nonprofits, other than institutions of higher education, can apply for RCB funding. For the purpose of the RCB program, a National Organization must be a single organization that has experience conducting RCB eligible activities with RCB eligible beneficiaries within the last ten years in at least seven Federal HUD regions. Having relevant experience working in one state in a HUD region is sufficient for counting that region towards the seven-region minimum. Federal regions are described on HUD's website at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/localoffices/regions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
RCB program Eligible Beneficiaries are limited to a local organization serving rural areas that are one of the following types of organizations: - Rural housing development organization, - Community Development Corporation (CDC), - Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), - Local government, and/or - Indian tribe. RCB program Eligible Beneficiaries must serve rural areas. Eligible Beneficiaries in the RCB program are not Eligible Applicants for the RCB program. By definition, RCB Eligible Beneficiaries are not eligible to apply to this RCB NOFA; National Organizations are the only organizations that can be deemed to be Eligible Applicants by successfully meeting the requirements of a National Organization established in Section I.A.4 and Section III.C of this FY 2018 RCB NOFA. Only Eligible Applicants can apply to HUD directly for RCB program funds through this NOFA. Successfully funded RCB program National Organizations are required to work with Eligible Beneficiaries with their RCB program grant award.
Credentials/Documentation
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. The annual publication of HUD's Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing (RCB) NOFA details the submission requirements. Applications may be submitted in response to the annual publication of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the RCB Program on Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Based upon the requirements published in the Program Section of the RCB NOFA, respondents are notified of acceptance or rejection. Upon selection, the applicant and HUD shall negotiate and execute a grant agreement.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are reviewed according to the Threshold Requirements and Rating Factor requirements set forth in the RCB Program NOFA. Applicants are assessed for the organizations capacity, understanding of the capacity building needs of eligible beneficiaries, the soundness of their approach in their proposed RCB program, their commitment to leveraging other funding, and their performance evaluation plans and past performance on previous RCB grant awards.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to provide the following services: 1. Training, education, support, and advice to enhance the technical and administrative capabilities of rural housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes to serve rural areas, including building their capacity to participate in consolidated planning, as well as in fair housing planning and Continuum of Care homeless assistance efforts that help ensure community-wide participation in assessing area needs; consulting broadly within the community; cooperatively planning for the use of available resources in a comprehensive and holistic manner; and assisting in evaluating performance under these community efforts and in linking plans with neighboring communities to foster regional planning; 2. Loans, pass-through grants or other financial assistance to rural housing organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes serving rural areas to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons by building the capacity of those eligible beneficiaries to in rural areas. 3. Such other activities as may be determined by the grantees in consultation with the Secretary or his or her designee. Currently only RCB related Administration activities are eligible under this category.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: HUD will conduct on-site monitoring.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503 In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Records
All records concerning grant award and grant expenditures shall be maintained during the period of grant award and for 3 years after grant closeout.
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
The performance period for the Rural Capacity Building grant is four years (48 months). Funds must be expended within four years (48 months) of the grant start date. Funds are available for draw down from HUD's Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS). Funding is committed through grant agreements and released to grantees as voucher reimbursements on a regular basis Method of awarding/releasing assistance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Diane Schmutzler
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410 USA
Diane.M.Schmutzler@hud.gov
Phone: 2024024385
Website Address
https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/rural-capacity-building/
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0176-0-1-604
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$5,000,000.00; FY 19 est $5,000,000.00; FY 20 est $5,000,000.00; FY 17$5,000,000.00; FY 16$5,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The minimum grant award is $1,000,000 and the maximum grant award is $2,500,000. In FY 2017 there were four awards made, with the largest grant at $2,000,000 and the smallest at $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The annual RCB NOFA will include guidance for applicants to implement and manage the Rural Capacity Building Program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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