Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities

The Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities Grant Program (Program) will identify intermediary organizations that can provide the technical and capacity building support to metropolitan regions and communities engaged in planning efforts that support community involvement and integrate housing,
land use, land cleanup and preparation for reuse, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments.

Each grantee will be expected to deliver capacity building support to communities across the United States.

The first purpose of the Program is to build a collection of capacity building service providers to work directly with the FY2010 HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning and Community Challenge grant recipients, HUD Preferred Sustainability Status communities, and EPA Sustainable Community Technical Assistance recipients and Brownfield Area Wide Planning grant recipients (collectively "Sustainable Communities Grantees"), and enable them to fulfill their anticipated outcomes.

HUD and other Partnership agencies will work regularly with all recipients of grant funds to maintain a coordinated and leveraged delivery approach that ensures the maximum benefit to local governments, regions, and planning entities and partners engaged in the prescribed activities.

The second purpose of the Program is to build a national coalition and leadership network of the Sustainable Communities Grantees.

The purpose of the network is to facilitate the exchange of successful strategies, lessons learned, emerging tools and public engagement strategies, and approaches for avoiding or minimizing pitfalls.

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

Potential applicants should consult the NOFA for the specific funding uses and restrictions.

All funds are discretionary funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Potential applicants should consult the NOFA for the specific funding uses.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This NOFA brings together funds from HUD s Sustainable Communities Initiative and Transformation Initiative, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Offices of Sustainable Communities, Brownfields and Land Revitalization, and Water. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117, December 16, 2009), provided a total of $150 million in each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011 to HUD for a Sustainable Communities Initiative to improve regional planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions, and increase the capacity to improve land use and zoning.


To receive an award of funds, applicants must meet all threshold requirements contained in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)Additional threshold requirements include:
1. Match. Applicants are required to provide a minimum of 10 percent of the total grant funds requested in match or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions may be in the form of staff time, donated materials, services, or other allowable uses that contribute directly to the completion of the funding request.
2. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the NOFA. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

HUD"s review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117, approved December 16, 2009) , 123 Stat. 3084.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance will be 24 months. The period of availability of funds shall be in compliance with 24 CFR part 85.23. A grantee must liquidate all obligations incurred under the award not later than 90 days after the end of the funding period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: HUD"s review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.

Post Assistance Requirements


Successful applicants will be required to submit quarterly and final program and financial reports according to the requirements of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.


Successful applicants will be required to submit quarterly and final program and financial reports according to the requirements of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.


Monitoring will conducted by the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.


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.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 10 $2,000,000; FY 11 $3,000,000; FY 12 $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Zuleika K. Morales-Romero 451 7th Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: 2024027683

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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