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.

Open Grant Opportunity: Design for Resilience

Applications are now open for our Design for Resilience grant program.

This program provides $10,000, technical assistance, and a peer network in order to build the capacity of affordable housing organizations to assess property vulnerabilities due to climate, and then to identify and implement meaningful actions in response. 

Across the nation, heatwaves, droughts and floods have become more frequent and more severe, increasing risks to people, homes and infrastructure. Low-income communities are on the front lines of this damage, and they continue to be the most vulnerable. Short-term displacement from affordable housing units can lead to long-term homelessness, temporary business closures can lead to a neighborhood-level economic downturn and disruption of community services can lead to an extended loss of service continuity. Investing in at-risk housing infrastructure before disaster strikes is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect residents and property while strengthening their ability to weather the severe storms ahead.

Through this pilot program, we will identify five affordable housing development organizations located in different regions of the United States who are at the predevelopment stage of their projects. Both the construction of new affordable housing and the rehabilitation of existing buildings are eligible to participate in this pilot, and we intend to select a mix of project types for the program which are likely to be vulnerable to a variety of hazard types. Applicants should apply with a specific property in mind on which they will implement this work between August – December of this year. 

The purpose of our Design for Resilience program is to better understand and support the capacity needs of affordable housing organizations to protect their properties, residents and core assets from extreme climate impacts. This pilot will inform future efforts by Enterprise to develop tools and resources that will assist developers in creating resilient portfolios and will support resilient design and development for the affordable housing community around the nation. 

Responses to this RFP must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 21, 2017 via SlideRoom

Questions? Contact And, please register for our webinar on Monday, July 10 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT for an overview of the program and an opportunity to address your questions on the application process.

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

Case Studies

See examples of how our Section 4 funding has been used to build capacity across the country