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Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants

Grants to USA Local Governments, Nonprofits, Tribal Entities, and
Public Housing Authorities for Neighborhood Improvement Projects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing (PIH)

Deadline Date:

07/13/21 11:59:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories local governments, nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, and public housing authorities for neighborhood improvement projects. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to develop and implement plans to revitalize distressed neighborhoods.

The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders, such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program helps communities transform neighborhoods by redeveloping severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing and catalyzing critical improvements in the neighborhood, including vacant property, housing, businesses, services and schools. To this end, Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

  1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
  2. People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and
  3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

Objectives and Metrics to Measure Long Term Success: Each Choice Neighborhoods grantee must develop a Transformation Plan that addresses the Housing, People, and Neighborhood objectives. For details on the objectives for each of the funding areas, see: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-38.pdf#page=5

Information about Early Action Activities can be found at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-38.pdf#page=11

Eligible Target Housing: Each application must focus on the revitalization of at least one severely distressed public and/or assisted housing project. Criteria can be found at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-38.pdf#page=17

Eligible Neighborhoods: An eligible neighborhood for Choice Neighborhoods grant funds is a neighborhood with at least 20 percent of the residents estimated to be in poverty or have extremely low incomes based on the most recent data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Additional information can be found at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-38.pdf#page=18

Program-Specific Requirements Affecting Eligibility: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-38.pdf#page=22

Eligible Activities can be found at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-38.pdf#page=23

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165747

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 11 awards from the funds available under this NOFA

Estimated Size of Grant:

HUD anticipates awarding 10 Planning Grants not to exceed $450,000 each.
- The maximum award for a Planning Grant is $450,000. Of these funds, no more than $350,000 may be used to pay for costs of the planning process. Up to $150,000 may be used toward Early Action Activities. (Accordingly, at least $100,000 must be dedicated to Early Action Activities if requesting the maximum grant award.)

Term of Contract:

The term of a Planning Grant is 2 years from the date of the Grant Agreement execution.
- Estimated Project Start Date: 12/01/2021
- Estimated Project End Date: 12/01/2023

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants under this NOFA are Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), local governments, tribal entities, and nonprofits. Refer to the definitions in Section I.A.4 of the NOFO for the program definition of these terms.

There are three key eligibility criteria for Choice Neighborhoods funding. In addition to the requirement that an applicant must be eligible, the application must also demonstrate the proposal targets an eligible housing project located in an eligible neighborhood.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Individuals
- Any entity that does not meet the eligibility criteria listed above

Ineligible activities for all grantees include:
(1) Supportive services;
(2) Incentives for recruitment into, participation in, or completion of any planning activities (e.g. gift cards provided to residents that complete a survey or needs assessment and meals provided at planning meetings); and
(3) Housing development, including acquisition, relocation, demolition and remediation, rehabilitation, or construction.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard time on 07/13/2021

Applications must be received no later than the deadline, or, if HUD has issued you a waiver allowing you to submit your application in paper form, by HUD no later than the deadline.

HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

Submit your application to Grants.gov unless a waiver has been issued allowing you to submit your application in paper form. Instructions for submitting your paper application will be contained in the waiver of electronic submission.

Required Registrations:
1. Applicants must be registered with http://www.sam.gov/ before submitting their application. Information in SAM must be current for all times during which the applicant has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.
2. Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at SAM, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.
3. Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at Grants.gov and be approved by the EBiz Point of Contact in SAM to submit applications for the organization.

Registration for SAM and Grants.gov is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot submit an application through Grants.gov.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
Matching funds in the amount of at least five percent of the requested grant amount in cash or in-kind donations must be secured and used by the end of the grant term.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333491

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to: ChoiceNeighborhoods@hud.gov.

Grants.gov provides customer support information on its website at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html. Applicants having difficulty accessing the application and instructions or having technical problems can receive customer support from Grants.gov by calling (800) 518-GRANTS (this is a toll-free number) or by sending an email to support@grants.gov. The customer support center is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week, except Federal holidays. The phone number above may also be reached by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have speech disabilities, through the Federal Relay Service’s teletype service at 800-877-8339.

CFDA Number:

14.892

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6500-N-38

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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