Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

To assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for person of low-moderate income consistent with the
purposes of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended.

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.

Office - Contact the appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

For fiscal year 2007, approximately $8,374,000 was awarded in grants to 14 HBCUs to help them revitalize distressed neighborhoods surrounding their campuses. Activities such as: housing rehabilitation, community center development, small business enhancement, job creation and training will be made available to residents in low and moderate income neighborhoods.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Each activity proposed for funding must meet both the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program eligibility requirements and at least one national objective.

Criteria for determining whether an activity addresses one or more objectives are provided at 24CFR 570.208.

Ineligible activities are listed in paragraph 570.207.

An activity which is otherwise eligible, may not be funded if State or local law requires that it be carried out by a governmental entity.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Historically Black Colleges and Universities as determined by the Department of Education in 34 CFR 608.2 pursuant to that Department's responsibilities under Executive Order 13256, dated February 12, 2002.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The principal beneficiaries of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities program will include any city, county, town, township, parish, village, or other general political subdivision of a State within which the HBCU is located. A HBCU located in a metropolitan statistical area, as established by the Office of Management and Budget, may consider its locality to be one or more of these entities within the entire area.


Grants are governed by (1) OMB Circular No. A-21 "Cost Principles for Educational Insitutions; (2) OMB Circular No. A-133 "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations; and (3) provisions of 24 CFR part 84 "Grant Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations".

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under Executive Order 12372.

Application Procedures

Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and ranked, and awards made to the highest ranking applications, subject to the Department's right to make selections out of rank order based on geographic considerations as established in each NOFA.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and ranked, and awards made to the highest ranking applications. HUD reserves the right to make selections out of order to provide geographic distribution of grantees. HUD also reserves the right to reduce the amount of funding requested in order to fund as many highly ranked applications as possible.


Deadlines will be announced in each NOFA publication.


Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2008 (Public Law 110-161).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Announcement of awards are anticipated on or before September 30th.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

No formula or matching requirement. Applicants get points in the selection system for securing leveraged funds.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

HUD may make funding commitments for up to 3 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress and financial progress reports, as well as Program Logic Model and a final program report and Program Logic Model are required.


OMB Circular No. A-133 establishes audit requirements and defines Federal responsibilities for implementing and monitoring such requirements of higher education and other nonprofit institutions receiving Federal awards. It promotes the efficient and effective use of audit services. 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 the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Must be kept in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0162-0-1-451; 86-0108-0-1-451.


(Grants) FY 07 $8,910,000; FY 08 est $9,000,000; and FY 09 est $5,907,000. (NOTE: Amounts reported reflect allocation of new budget authority rather than obligation amounts).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Up to $700,000 per grant.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The program is governed by regulations contained in 24 CFR 570.400 and 570.404 and 24 CFR Part 570, Subparts A, C, J, K and O. Provisions of 24 CFR Part 84 "Grant Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Nonprofit Organizations."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact the appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Office of University Partnerships, Office of Policy Development and Research, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 402-4390. Fax: (202) 402-0309. E-mail: OPHELIA.WILSON@hud.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed under each NOFA.

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