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HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program

Grant to a USA Local Government of a Small Community to
Redevelop Commercial Districts and Increase Housing Units

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Public and Indian Housing

Deadline Date:

07/30/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grant to a USA or territories city, county, township, or special district government of a small community (under 50,000 residents) to renovate traditional or historic Main Street areas or business districts. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to replace unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The obsolete building space property may be publicly or privately owned.

The objectives of the program are to:

1. Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas);
2. Preserve Historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units;
3. Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and
4. Provide affordable housing in Main Street areas.

Program specific requirements:

Eligible Grant Activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159643

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

2 (1 FY2018, 1 FY 2019)

Estimated Size of Grant:

- There is no minimum amount.
- Up to the maximum of $500,000 per grant

Term of Contract:

Estimated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019
Estimated Project End Date: 09/29/2023

The end of the project period is 48 months after the date of the Award Notice Letter.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants under this NOFA are limited to Units of General Local Government, defined as any city, town, township, village, county, parish, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state or territory, such as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands. It does not include Native American governments, Tribally Designated Housing Entities or Public Housing Authorities.

The above noted Local Government must:

1. Have a population of 50,000 or less;
2. Not be served by a local or county/parish Public Housing Agency (PHA) that administers more than 100 physical public housing units within the local government’s jurisdiction. Such units exclude Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher subsidized units.
3. Joint applications are not permitted. However, an applicant can enter into subaward agreements (or contracts) with not-for-profit organizations and State or local governments. The applicant can also enter into contracts with for-profit entities, such as a private property owner or for-profit partnership created for tax credit purposes. The Local Government grantee and any subawardees are subject to 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards when procuring supplies or services.
4. One Main Street Project Funded. The applicant can only apply for funding to support one project in one undivided Main Street Area. The Project may include several buildings.
5. Thresholds Applicable to All Applicants. The applicant must meet all thresholds in order to be considered for rating, ranking and funding. Thresholds are located in Section III.A. of the NOFA.

Ineligible Grant Activities:

1. Grant funds may only be used to provide assistance to carry out eligible affordable housing activities, as stated in the above section of this NOFA.
2. Grant funds cannot be used to fund a rental reserve for the rent-up period or to support the rental income during the initial Use Restricted Affordable Housing period.
3. Main Street funds may not be used to settle litigation or pay judgments.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on 07/30/2019. Applications must be received no later than the deadline. HUD strongly recommends 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.

Advance Registration Requirements. Prior to submitting an application, you must register with the government as a "contractor". This takes about three weeks, so remember to give yourself enough time before the application due date. To register, you must:

1. Have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number;
2. Be registered in the Central Contractor Registration at; and
3. Be registered and authorized to submit the application at Please read the NOFA for more details of the registration process.

Registration for SAM and 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 submit an application through

A match of firmly committed cash or in-kind property or services of at least five percent (5%) of the requested grant amount is statutorily required to be considered for an award.

Estimated Award Date. The estimated date for awarding FY 2018 and FY 2019 Main Street funds is September 30, 2019.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Susan A. Wilson
(202) 402-4500

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

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