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

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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.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to provide the following activities:
(a) technical assistance, training, support, and advice to develop the business and administrative capabilities of rural community-based housing development organizations, rural CDCs, rural CHDOs, rural local governments, and Indian tribes;
(b) loans, grants, or other financial assistance to rural community-based housing development organizations, rural CDCs, rural CHDOs, rural local governments, and Indian tribes 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; 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A national organization is defined as a non-profit entity that has on-going experience in rural housing, including experience working with rural housing organizations, 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 the HUD website 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 OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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 Procedures

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.

Authorization

Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 , Public Law 113-6.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Deadline for submission to be publish in the NOFA.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are required to submit semi-annual and annual performance and financial reports (Federal Financial Report SF-425) in accordance with 24 CFR part 84.

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.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0176-0-1-604 - Rural Capacity Building Program.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 12 $5,000,000; FY 13 est $4,738,470; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Rural Capacity Building Program is a new program as of FY 2012. The annual NOFA will include guidance for applicants to implement and manage the Rural Capacity Building Program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Tasleem Albaari 451 7th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Tasleem.Albaari@hud.gov Phone: (202) 402-7346

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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).



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