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Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB)

Grants to USA Nonprofits to
Benefit Low-Income Rural Residents

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Community Planning and Development

Deadline Date:

09/28/20 11:59 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to increase organizational capacity to serve low-income rural residents. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the funding is to strengthen organizational capacity to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low- and moderate-income families and persons.

Purpose: The Rural Capacity Building program enhances the capacity and ability of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes (eligible beneficiaries) to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low- and moderate-income families and persons. The Rural Capacity Building program achieves this by funding National Organizations with expertise in rural housing and rural community development who work directly to build the capacity of eligible beneficiaries.

Eligible Program Activities: RCB program funds are limited to capacity building activities that strengthen the organizational infrastructure, management, and governance capabilities of eligible beneficiaries serving rural areas. Through these activities, eligible beneficiaries increase their capacity to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit lowincome or low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

  1. Training, education, support, and advice to eligible beneficiaries to increase their capacity to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, building the capacity of eligible beneficiaries to:
    • Conduct an organizational assessment;
    • Engage in strategic planning and Board development;
    • Access and implement technological improvements;
    • Engage with rural community stakeholders;
    • Evaluate performance of current and planned rural community efforts;
    • Plan for the use of available rural resources in a comprehensive and holistic manner;
    • Participate in HUD planning efforts to ensure rural participation and the assessment of rural area needs; and
    • Foster regional planning efforts by connecting local, rural community plans with neighboring communities.
  2. Financial Assistance including pass-through grants, loans, or other financial assistance to eligible beneficiaries to increase their capacity to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.
  3. Such other activities as may be determined by the grantees in consultation with the Secretary or his or her designee.

For more information on eligible program activities, see:https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY2019-FY%202020RuralCapacityBuilding_RCB.pdf#page=17

For information on program priorities, see: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/SPM/documents/FY2019-FY%202020RuralCapacityBuilding_RCB.pdf#page=18

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174550

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 5 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Total Funding: $10,000,000
Minimum Award Amount: $1,250,000 Per Project Period
Maximum Award Amount: $3,250,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

Estimated Project Start Date: 12/15/2020
Estimated Project End Date: 12/15/2024
48-month period of performance for project and budget.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Information on Eligible Applicants Only National Organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, other than institutions of higher education, may apply for RCB funding. For the purpose of the RCB program, a National Organization must be a single non-profit organization that has ongoing experience conducting RCB eligible capacity building activities in rural areas with RCB eligible beneficiaries serving high need rural communities, as evidenced by work within the last ten years in at least seven of HUD’s Federal regions. Having relevant experience working in one state in a HUD region is sufficient for counting that region towards the seven-region minimum. HUD’s Federal regions are described on HUD’s website at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/localoffices/regions.

The following non-exhaustive list of organizations are ineligible to apply for RCB program funds:
-Government Entities;
-Institutions of Higher Education;
-For profit organizations;
-Nonprofit organizations that are not National in scope, serve fewer than seven HUD Federal regions or do not have experience within the last 10 years working in at least seven HUD Federal regions; and
-Individuals.

Some Ineligible Activities and Ineligible Costs
The following is a non-exhaustive list of some ineligible activities and costs, and it does not represent all of the ineligible activities or ineligible costs possible in the RCB program.
-Conferences. In accordance with 2 CFR 200.432, grantees may not host or sponsor conferences with RCB funds. On a case by case basis and with prior HUD review and approval through the action plan approval process, RCB program funds may be used for grantees to provide training at a conference or group training event to eligible beneficiaries that is specific to addressing rural area needs.
-Construction, development, or housing rehabilitation costs are not eligible activities with RCB funds. RCB funds may be used to build the capacity of eligible beneficiaries to be able to engage in construction, rehabilitation, or development work, but the funds cannot be used to directly fund those activities.
-Food and meals. Food is considered an entertainment cost (2 CFR 200.438) and is an ineligible expense, except when submitted for reimbursement per staff person or trainer, in lieu of per diem during official travel with prior approval through the action plan activity approval process.
-Fundraising with RCB funds is prohibited, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.442.
-Issue advocacy or political engagement with RCB funds is prohibited in accordance with 2 CFR 200.450.
-Travel expenses related to the provision of eligible capacity building activities are allowable, with prior review and approval from HUD, and must follow the regulations set at 2 CFR 200.474, must be within federally established per diem rates, and must meet the requirement of reasonableness at 2 CFR 200.404.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard time on 09/28/2020.

There is no match requirement under the Rural Capacity Building program. However, applicants are encouraged to secure leverage, or voluntary committed cost sharing as defined in 2 CFR §200.99, from non-Federal public, private, and/or nonprofit sector resources (such as financing, supplies, or services).

Applicants must be registered with https://www.sam.gov/SAM before submitting their application.

Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at https://www.sam.gov/SAM, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.

Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at grants.gov and be approved by the EBiz 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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328383

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

Contact Information:

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

Anupama Abhyankar
Phone:
202-402-3981
Email:
CapacityBuilding@hud.gov

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

CFDA Number:

14.265

Funding or Pin Number:

FR-6400-N-08

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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