Rural Housing Preservation Grants


To assist very low- and low-income rural residents individual homeowners, rental property owners (single/multi-unit) or by providing the consumer cooperative housing projects (co-ops) the necessary assistance to repair or rehabilitate their dwellings. These objectives will be accomplished through the establishment of repair/rehabilitation, projects run by eligible applicants. This program is intended to make use of and leverage any other available housing programs which provide resources to very low and low-income rural residents to bring their dwellings up to development standards.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Housing Act of 1949, as amended, Section 533, Public Law 98-181, 42 U.S.C. 1480.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Must be a State or political subdivision, public nonprofit corporation, Indian tribal corporations, authorized to receive and administer housing preservation grants, private nonprofit corporation, or a consortium of such eligible entities. Applicants must provide assistance under this program to persons residing in eligible rural areas available online at - Assistance is authorized for eligible applicants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the territories and possessions of the United States.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Very low and low-income rural individuals and families who are homeowners and need resources to bring their housing up to code standards, rental property owners, or co-ops.
Applicants must have the financial, legal, administrative, and operational capacity to carry out the objectives of the program by having experience in rural housing rehabilitation.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Section 533 program is awarded through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announced in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
Award is made by the Rural Development State Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Notice of action taken on preapplications will be generally within 60 days of final date of acceptance of preapplication.
Applicants may request reconsideration on the basis of pertinent facts concerning their application within 30 days of notification of action taken on the preapplication or application.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Projects must provide a feasible repair rehabilitation program and serve areas with a concentration of substandard housing and very low and low-income persons. In addition, the following criteria will be considered in the selection of grant recipients. Each preapplication and its accompanying statement of activities will be evaluated on: (1) The percentage of very low-income persons assisted; (2) the percentage of use of HPG funds to total cost of housing preservation; (3) the applicant's administrative capacity and experience in (i) housing rehabilitation or weatherization, (ii) assisting very low and low-income persons attain housing assistance and (iii) prior programs no outstanding audits findings; (4) the proposed program will be undertaken in non-Metropolitan Statistical Areas identified by Rural Development as having populations below 10,000 or in remote parts of other rural areas, (i.e., rural areas contained in Metropolitan Statistical Areas with less than 5,000 population); (5) the program will minimize the use of grant funds for administrative purposes, i.e., less than 20 percent of grant funds; (6) the program will alleviate overcrowding in rural residences inhabited by very low and low-income families; and (7) if an existing grantee has met the objectives of its current grant.
How may assistance be used?
Organizations may not use more than 20 percent of the Housing Preservation Grant funds for program administration purposes, such as to hire the personnel to carry out a project of housing rehabilitation to meet the needs of very low and low- income persons in rural areas; to pay necessary and reasonable office and administrative expenses; and to pay reasonable fees for training of organization personnel. The majority of funds must be used for loans, grants or other assistance on individual homes, homeowners, rental properties or co-ops to pay any part of the cost for repair or rehabilitation of structures; funds may not be used to hire personnel to perform construction or to pay any debts, expenses or costs other than previously outlined and approved in the project application.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Grantees shall maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that grant funds are used for authorized purposes.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 7 CFR 1940-L Methhodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Funds

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are made for up to a 2-year period. Agency approval is required for grant extensions. The highest-ranking applicant(s) will be selected based on allocation of funds available to the state. Points are awarded as described in the annual NOSA published in the Federal Register and available in RD Instruction 1944-N online at-
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Department of Agriculture for Rural Development state or county office information is available on our website -
Headquarters Office
Mandy Couture, Finance and Loan Analyst
1400 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC 20253 USA
Phone: 515-418-2188
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$16,000,000.00; FY 23 est $15,999,999.00; FY 24 est $30,000,000.00; FY 21$15,150,000.00; FY 20$15,000,000.00; FY 19$14,738,000.00; FY 18$10,742,667.00; FY 17$4,890,755.00; FY 16$3,800,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For fiscal year 2022, approximately 126 grants were awarded to provide assistance to approximately 1,831 plus units.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 1944-N, Section 1944.651 through 1944.700, RD Instruction 1944-N. Regulations are available from Rural Development State offices.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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