Although Enterprise is not an endowed foundation, we make every effort to raise funds to support the work of our partners across the country. As resources allow, we offer grants to help strengthen community-based organizations.
HUD Capacity Building (Section 4) Grants
One of Enterprise’s primary sources of grant funding is the HUD Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program, commonly referred to as Section 4. Since Congress authorized the program in 1993, it has helped low-income families and neighborhoods in more than 2,000 urban and rural communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Section 4 leverages significant private and public capital using minimal federal dollars. Every Section 4 dollar must be matched directly by $3 of private funding for capacity building. Since 2002, Section 4 grantees’ development projects have attracted nearly $27 in other public and private investment.
These funds are used to build capacity in nonprofit community development organizations – Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) and Community Development Corporations (CDCs) – that meet eligibility requirements. Building capacity strengthens organizations to help them successfully:
- Implement HUD programs
- Design, finance and execute community development and affordable housing projects
- Coordinate on cross-programmatic, place-based approaches
- Facilitate knowledge sharing
Section 4 Grant Selection Process
Enterprise awards Section 4 funds to grantees through a competitive selection process, with requests for proposal (RFPs) held at different times in Enterprise markets and at the national level. RFP timing is based on funding availability and does not follow on a regular schedule. Check this page regularly for a list of open RFPs. Sign up to receive notifications of future grant offerings.
There are no open RFPs at this time.
Resource for Applicants & Grantees
- Report: Foundation for Success: Section 4 Capacity Building Grants 2015-2016
- Racial Equity webinar, worksheet and toolkit
- Enterprise Community Partners Grants Guide
- Section 4 WebEx tutorials
- 2015 Green Communities Criteria
See examples of how our Section 4 funding has been used to build capacity across the country