Economic Development Initiative-Special Project, Neighborhood Initiative and Miscellaneous Grants

The annual appropriation of funds to the Department and the accompanying Conference Report or Congressional Record accompanying the appropriation set forth grants in a specified amount to designated organizations for the activities specified by Congress.

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

Eligible activities and restrictions are set forth in the authorizing language enacted by Congress for each grant as well as in the appropriation of Economic Development Initiative-Special Project (EDI-SP) Neighborhood Initiative (NI) and Miscellaneous grant funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Conference Report or Congressional Record accompanying the annual appropriation of funds to the Department specifies the individual grantees eligible to receive each grant.

These typically are nonprofit organizations, units of State or local government and Indian tribes.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations, units of State or local government and Indian tribes.


The Congressional authorization for an individual grant may not specify the intended recipient or may identify the intended recipient by its common rather than legal name. In such cases, organizations may be required to submit documentation (e.g., certificate of incorporation) verifying their eligibility for the grant.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Grants are excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The Department invites each organization authorized by Congress to receive a grant to submit an application for grant funds. The Department provides each invited organization with the required application materials.

Award Procedures

Awards are made to applicants authorized by Congress to receive funds for activities consistent with the authorized use for each grant and with terms of the relevant fiscal year appropriation.


There is no deadline for the submission of applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by the end of the calendar year, but applications may be submitted and approved within the time frame for obligation of grant funds, historically three fiscal years.


Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of 2006, Public Law 109-115, Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2007, Public Law 110-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Typically, within 4 months of application submission. All applicants are notified in writing of approval. Applications that cannot be approved, either because the proposed activities are not consistent with the authorized use of the grant or the terms of the appropriation; or the organization is not designated by Congress to receive the grant, may require the applicant to seek an amendment by Congress to the language authorizing the use of grant funds.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Implementation Grants - Funds are typically available for five years following the period of obligation (i.e., typically eight fiscal years). Funds are accessed through an established Line of Credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual narrative and financial reports providing the status of the approved activities.

A final narrative and financial report is also required when the grant is closed.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A 133, "Audits of State and Local Governments and Nonprofit 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 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.


Each recipient must maintain records to facilitate audits of funds, disposition of proceeds, costs from all sources, and information on project activities.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $25,970,000; and FY 09 est $0. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$49,000 to $3,000,000; Average FY 08 EDI-SP Grant $242,098; Average FY 08 NI Grant $713,902.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

24 CFR Part 84 or Part 85, as applicable; 24 CFR Part 50 or Part 58, as applicable; annual appropriation of funds to the Department and accompanying Conference Report or Congressional Record; Application Kit; Grant Agreement; Certificate of Project Completion and Close-out Agreement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Director, Congressional Grants Division, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410, Room 7149. Telephone: (202) 708-3773. (Use the same number for FTS).

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) annual appropriation of grant funds to the Department; (2) Congressional authorization specifying amount of funds, designated recipient and authorized activity for each grant.

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