Grants

Predevelopment Grant   Active Design Grant   Section 4 Funding

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.

2018 Green Grant Opportunities

The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria is an industry standard for green and healthy affordable housing. Through two new green grant programs, affordable housing organizations will have the opportunity to receive predevelopment funding to address critical barriers to excellence in sustainable affordable housing design.

Predevelopment Grant

Engaging in an integrative design and delivery process can substantially lower development costs and encourage health, economic, and environmental benefits for residents, property owners, and communities.

However, given the time constraints within the development cycle, many project teams lack the financial resources, time, and incentive to invest in an integrative design process before project funding is secured.

  • Grant opportunity: $5,000
  • Opportunities available: Grants are available to 10 affordable housing organizations to invest in a sustainability-focused integrative design process during their predevelopment phase.

Predevelopment RFP     Application

Application Schedule:
Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Request for Proposals Issued
Friday, May 18, 2018: Submissions Due
Week of June 4, 2018: Grantees Notified

Excellence in Active Design Grant

We know that physical inactivity increases the risk of many chronic diseases. Still, it’s often difficult to successfully implement design strategies in affordable housing that will help reduce health risks associated with physical inactivity. Through this grant program, we will provide modest grants for affordable housing development teams to directly address the barriers to implementing impactful active design strategies.

  • Grant opportunity: $15,000
  • Opportunities available: Grants are available to five affordable housing organizations to raise the bar in active design and employ creative design strategies to encourage physical activity within one of their projects.

Active Design RFP     Application

Application Schedule:
Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Request for Proposals Issued
Friday, May 18, 2018: Submissions Due
Week of June 4, 2018: Grantees Notified

For questions about either green grant opportunity, email certification@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 Congressional authorization in 1993, the program 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.

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 our new report Foundation for Success: Section 4 Capacity Building.

Section 4 Grant Funding Opportunities Available May 1, 2018

Applications will be accepted under two Letters of Intent (LOI):

  • National Section 4 Capacity Building
  • Rural & Native American Section 4 Capacity Building - Enterprise is seeking applications from CDCs, CHDOs, and organizations serving Native American populations, tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities, and Tribal Housing Authorities that meet eligibility criteria as well as organizations proposing to perform activities in rural areas.  

Our 2018 funding round will follow a two-step application process:

  • LOI phase: May 1 - May 29
  • Full Proposal phase: July 10 – August 7 

Once the LOIs are issued, interested CDCs and CHDOs should carefully review the program areas and specifications, organizational eligibility criteria, geographic priorities and all other requirements before applying.  Successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Proposal for grant funding.  Invitations to submit a Full Proposal are expected to be issued in early July 2018. Awards are expected to be announced in mid-September 2018.

National Applicant Q&A Webinar
May 9, 2018
2-3 p.m. EDT

Enterprise will host a question and answer webinar to review the National LOI requirements. The session will be recorded and posted here. 

Register for National webinar

Rural & Native American Applicant Q&A Webinar
May 10, 2018
2-3 p.m. EDT

Enterprise will host a question and answer webinar to review the Rural & Native American LOI requirements. The session will be recorded and posted here. 

Register for the R&NA webinar

For questions on the Section 4 grant opportunities, please email rfp@enterprisecommunity.org
 

Resource for Applicants & Grantees

Case Studies

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