Universities Rebuilding America Program - Community Design


To provide funds to schools of architecture, urban planning and design, or construction at accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities to establish and operate partnerships with and for communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita (or both) to: (1) Develop long-range neighborhood designs and plans for local communities that address both reconstruction and future growth needs within a municipality or established neighborhood(s) within a larger municipality; or (2) Develop architectural design assessment and rehabilitation/reconstruction planning for housing and community amenities damaged or eliminated by the hurricanes to address resettlement needs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 10/18/2007 (Grants no longer offered)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
None. This is a new program.
Section 107(b)(5), Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, 24 CFR 570.411.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education granting two-or four year degrees in architecture, urban planning and design, or construction that are accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or both.
Grants awarded under this NOFA will be governed by the provisions of 24 CFR part 84 (Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations), A-21 (Cost Principles for Educational Institutions), and A-133 (Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations). Applicants can access the OMB circulars at the White House website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under Executive Order 12372.
Application Procedure
Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and ranked and awards made to the highest ranking applications. HUD reserves the right to reduce the amount of funding requested in order to fund as many highly ranked applications possible.
Award Procedure
Applicants who respond to the NOFA and compete successfully will be recommended for funding by the Review Panel.
December 1, 2005.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed under each NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
All activities must be primarily for the benefit of low- and moderate-income individuals (as described at 24 CFR 570.208).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
All grant recipients under this NOFA are required to submit semi-annual progress reports. The progress reports shall consist of two components, a narrative that must reflect the activities undertaken during the reporting period and a financial report, as well as a cumulative summary of costs incurred during the reporting period. For each reporting period, as part of the required report to HUD, grant recipients must include a completed Logic Model (HUD-96010), which identifies output and outcome achievements.
Applicants must ensure that their most current A-133 audit is on file at the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. (Applicants are not required to submit a copy of the audit with the application.) Grantees that expend $500,000 or more in federal financial assistance in a single year (this can be program year or fiscal year) must be audited in accordance with OMB requirements as established in 24 CFR part 84. Additional information regarding this requirement can be accessed at the following website: http://harvester.census.gov/sac.
The applicant must maintain all required records required by the terms and conditions of the grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
No cost sharing or match is required.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
HUD may make funding commitments up to two years. Questions concerning this program should be address to Kinnard Wright, Office of University Partnerships, Office of Policy Development and Research, 451 7th Street, Room 8106,Washington DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-3061.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Kinnard Wright, Office of University Partnerships, Office of Policy Development and Research, 451 7th Street, Room 8106, Washington DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 708-3061, Fax Number: (202) 708-0309, E-mail: Kinnard_D._Wright@hud.gov.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 05 $0; FY 06 est $2,000,000; and FY 07 est to be determined.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The maximum amount an applicant can request for award is $300,000 for a two-year (24-month) grant performance period. HUD will not make awards of less than $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is authorized under Section 107(b)(5) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and its implementing regulations found at 24 CFR 570.411.
Examples of Funded Projects
None. This is a new programs.


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