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Grants to USA Agencies and Tribes to Revitalize
Neighborhoods in Struggling Communities

FY 2021 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

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:

02/15/22 11:59 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA public housing authorities, local government agencies, and tribes to improve local neighborhoods in struggling communities. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support activities that revitalize public and assisted housing, enhance conditions in distressed neighborhoods, and improve the health, education, and employment of households.

The Choice Neighborhoods program leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with severely distressed public and/or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and other 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. 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 income and employment, health, and 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.

To achieve these core goals, successful applicants have in place a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or “Transformation Plan.” This Transformation Plan is the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and creating positive outcomes for families.

Experience shows that to successfully develop and implement the Transformation Plan, broad civic engagement is needed. Successful applicants need to work with public and private agencies, organizations (including philanthropic and civic organizations), banks and financial institutions, and individuals to gather and leverage the financial and human capital resources needed to support the sustainability of the plan. These efforts should build community support for and involvement in the development and implementation of the plan.

For details on program objectives, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-34.pdf#page=5.

For eligible activities, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-34.pdf#page=28.

For program requirements, see https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-34.pdf#page=29.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171994

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$218,000,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 5 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award amount for applications with fewer than 250 units in the target housing project is now up to $40 million and up to $50 million for applications with 250 or more units.

Term of Contract:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 09/01/2022
- Estimated Project End Date: 09/30/2028

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The local government of jurisdiction must be either the Lead Applicant or Co-Applicant. The Lead Applicant can be either a Public Housing Authority (PHA), local government, or tribal entity. A Co-Applicant can be a local government, PHA, tribal entity, or the owner of the target HUD-assisted housing (e.g. nonprofit or for-profit developer).

For additional information on Key Eligibility Criteria: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/Foa_Content_of_FR-6500-N-34.pdf#page=19

Ineligible Applicants:
Individuals or any entity not listed above as an Eligible Applicant.

Ineligible uses of CCI funds include, but are not limited to: providing programs and services; the commission of plans and studies; water and sewer line repair or infrastructure; bike share stations; street and sidewalk repair; infrastructure; or lighting.

Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to:
a. Choice Neighborhoods funds cannot be used to pay for any activities carried out on or before the date of the letter announcing the award of the Choice Neighborhoods grant.
b. Choice Neighborhoods funds cannot be used to pay for the cost of Choice Neighborhoods application preparation.
c. Funds may not be used for construction or rehabilitation of a K-12 school building or a higher educational institution.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard time on 02/15/2022. Applications must be received no later than the deadline.

You must download both the Application Instructions and the Application Package from Grants.gov. An applicant demonstrating good cause may request a waiver from the requirement for electronic submission. For example, a lack of available Internet access in the geographic area in which your business offices are located. HUD will not grant a waiver if HUD does not receive your written request at least 15 calendar days before the application deadline and if you do not demonstrate good cause. If HUD waives the requirement, HUD must receive your paper application before the deadline of this NOFO.

Applicants must be registered with http://www.sam.gov/ before submitting their application. Applicants must maintain current information in SAM on immediate and highest-level owner and subsidiaries, as well as on all predecessors that have been awarded a Federal contract or grant within the last three years, if applicable.

Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at https://www.sam.gov/ in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.

Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at grants.gov and be approved by the E-Biz POC 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 apply through grants.gov.

HUD strongly recommends that 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.

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=336601

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 NOFO should be directed to the following email: ChoiceNeighborhoods@hud.gov

CFDA Number:

14.889

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6500-N-34

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

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