Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants

 

Through funding of national non-profits with expertise in rural housing and community development, the Rural Capacity Building program enhances the capacity and ability of local governments, Indian tribes, housing development organizations, rural community development corporations (CDCs), and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
14.265
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Community Planning and Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
A national organization is defined as a non-profit entity or consortium that has on-going experience in rural housing, including experience working with rural housing development organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), community housing development organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes, as evidenced by past and continuing work in one or more states in five or more of the federal regions described on HUD's website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/localoffices/regions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible beneficiaries are rural community-based housing development organizations, rural CDCs, CHDOs, local government and Indian tribes.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The annual publication of the Policy Requirements and General Section to HUD's Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Discretionary Programs and the Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing NOFA detail the application submission requirements.
Award Procedure
Based upon the requirements published in the General and Program Section of the NOFA, respondents are notified of acceptance or rejection. Upon selection, the applicant and HUD shall negotiate and execute a grant agreement.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
1. Review Types. Two types of reviews will be conducted. First, HUD will review each application to determine whether it meets threshold eligibility requirements*. Second, HUD will review and assign scores to eligible applications using the Factors for Award noted in the Program Section of the NOFA.

2. Ranked Order. Once rating scores are assigned, rated applications will be listed in ranked order. After HUD has rated and ranked the applications, applicants within the fundable range of 75 or more points will be funded in ranked order up to the amount requested, or in a lesser amount if sufficient funds are not available. HUD reserves the right to adjust funding to meet urgent policy priorities.

*Note: Threshold Eligibility Requirements - All applicants must be in compliance with the threshold requirements found in the General Section and the eligibility requirements listed in Section III of this NOFA in order to be reviewed, scored, and ranked. Applications that do not meet these requirements and applications that were received after the deadline will be considered ineligible for funding (see the General Section of the NOFA).
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to provide the following activities:

a. Training, education, support, and advice to enhance the technical and administrative capabilities of rural housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes, including the 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 in order to foster regional planning;

b. Loans, pass-through grants, development assistance, predevelopment assistance, or other financial assistance to rural housing organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons, including the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of housing for low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons, and community and economic development activities that create jobs for low-income persons; and;

c. Such other activities as may be determined by the grantees in consultation with the Secretary or his or her designee. Activities a-c listed above may be provided only to rural community-based housing development organizations, rural community development organizations (CDC), rural community housing development organizations (CHDO), rural local governments, and Indian tribes . Loans to rural community-based housing development organizations, rural community development organizations (CDC), rural community housing development organizations (CHDO), rural local governments, and Indian tribes are used to carry out community development and affordable housing activities for low- and moderate-income families and persons including the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of housing for low-income families and persons, and community and economic development activities that create jobs for low-income persons.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Grantees are required to submit semi-annual and annual performance and financial reports (Federal Financial Report SF-425) in accordance with the reporting requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 and HUD implementing regulations. A final closeout report is required at the end of the grant. Cash reporting would be submitted on the SF425. The semi-annual and annual reports are considered progress reports. Expenditure reporting will be submitted on the SF425. HUD will conduct on-site monitoring.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
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). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Laticia Jefferson 451 Seventh St. SW, Room 7143, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20410 Email: laticia.j.jefferson@hud.gov Phone: 2024023412
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0176-0-1-604.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $4,738,470; FY 15 est $5,000,000; and FY 16 est $5,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The annual 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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