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

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
171994

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
CFDA Number: 14.889
Funding or PIN Number: FR-6700-N-34
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/11/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
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 housing 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 severely 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 investment 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 under this NOFO 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.

Program-Specific Requirements: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PIH/images/Choice%20Neighborhoods%20Implementation%20Grants_FR-6700-N-34%20(1)%20(002).pdf#page=26



Recipient

Eligibility
  • City or township governments
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Implementation Grants 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 Agency (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).

Supplemental Grants Eligibility Criteria:
A. Implementation Grant was awarded under the FY 2017 - FY 2020 NOFA/NOFO.
B. Grantee received a CN Planning Grant for the same target housing and target neighborhood.
C. Grantee has at least one more phase with replacement housing currently scheduled to begin after July 1, 2024.
D. Grantee is making adequate progress in implementing the Housing Plan.
E. The Lead Applicant and Co-Applicant must be the same for the Supplemental Grant application as for the previously funded Implementation Grant.

For additional information on Key Eligibility Criteria: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PIH/images/Choice%20Neighborhoods%20Implementation%20Grants_FR-6700-N-34%20(1)%20(002).pdf#page=20

Threshold Eligibility Requirements: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PIH/images/Choice%20Neighborhoods%20Implementation%20Grants_FR-6700-N-34%20(1)%20(002).pdf#page=23

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

Funding restrictions and ineligible activities: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PIH/images/Choice%20Neighborhoods%20Implementation%20Grants_FR-6700-N-34%20(1)%20(002).pdf#page=60

Pre-Application Information
The application due date for an Implementation Grant 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time on December 11, 2023. Any application received after the December 11th deadline that is not applying for the Supplemental Grant funding is automatically ineligible.

The pool of eligible applicants for a Supplemental Grant is limited to those previously awarded CN Implementation Grant recipients. The due date for a Supplemental Grant application is 11:59:59 pm Eastern time on March 4, 2024.

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.

Applicants must register with https://www.sam.gov/ before submitting their application. Entities doing business with the federal government must use the UEI created in SAM.gov. Also, applicants must provide a valid UEI, registered and active at www.sam.gov/ in the application.

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. Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided on Grants.gov.

Matching funds in the amount of at least five percent of the grant amount in cash or in-kind donations must be secured and used by the end of the grant term.

Watch pre-recorded webinar online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD5j2QoSZqM&t=38s

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=350107

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$256,000,000

Number of Grants
HUD expects to make approximately 6 awards from the funds available under this NOFO. In addition, HUD expects to award approximately 5 Supplemental Grants to previously funded Implementation Grantees.

Estimated Size of Grant
Implementation Grants:
- Minimum Award Amount: $1 Per Project Period
- Maximum Award Amount: $50,000,000 Per Project Period

Supplemental Grants:
- The maximum amount for this grant award is either up to $2,500,000 or the maximum allowed per the grant sizing worksheet calculation, based on the Total Development Cost (TDC) limits.

Term of Contract
Implementation Grants:
- Estimated Project Start Date: 05/01/2024
- Estimated Project End Date: 09/30/2032

Supplemental Grants:
- The grant term for a FY23 Supplemental Grant will be either three years from the date of the Grant Agreement execution (approximately July 1, 2027) or one year after the expiration date of the current Implementation Grant, whichever is later.

Contact Information
Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to the following email: ChoiceNeighborhoods@hud.gov

Grants.gov provides customer support information on its website at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html. If you have difficulty accessing the application and instructions or have technical problems, contact Grants.gov customer support center by calling (800) 518-GRANTS (this is a toll-free number) or by sending an email to support@grants.gov.

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