Grants


Community-Based Collaborative Action Grants

Enterprise is seeking applications from community-based organizations for $5,000 to host a Collaborative Action in their community. Collaborative Actions are small-scale, co-creative activities focused on implementation such as creative placemaking, asset mapping, temporary art installations, community events.

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A total of twenty (20) grants for five thousand dollars ($5,000) each will be awarded through two separate funding rounds in 2018. For webinars, deadlines and application instructions, visit our Culture & Creativity portal. For questions, email design@enterprisecommunity.org.

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 $1 of Section 4 leverages more than $20 in additional public and private investments— far more than the 3:1 match required by law. This is because intermediaries are uniquely able to attract significant investments. Since 2010, Section 4 has leveraged more than $5.7 billion in development costs alone. In fact, Section 4 has been acknowledged by the OMB, GAO, and others as a cost-effective federal program.

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

To learn more about the Section 4 program, see Enterprise's blog or read Enterprise's new report Foundation for Success: Section 4 Capacity Building.

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.

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