Section 4 Funding   Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

Enterprise is a proven and powerful nonprofit that improves communities and people’s lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investment to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. We foster community improvement from the ground up: well-designed, affordable homes connected to resources like health care, schools, jobs and transportation. So that people have the opportunities to reach their full potential.


"This is my home, and I have no intentions of leaving." In our 2018 ANNUAL REPORT, meet more people like Ms. Grace who live in neighborhoods where Enterprise creates opportunity.

We work to strengthen community-based organizations advancing our shared mission. In most instances, we award grants through a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process. We don’t gather grant application information by email or online form. Our grant process also does not involve providing sensitive personal information such as Social Security number, birth date or bank account information.

Below is a description of current grant opportunities available to community-based organizations. 

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grants

The Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas program (HEART), a partnership between the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and Enterprise Community Partners, is offering grants of up to $50,000 and technical assistance to eligible nonprofits providing housing assistance to families displaced or otherwise affected by Hurricane Harvey. These grants are made possible through a generous gift from the Rebuild Texas Fund

For questions about the HEART program, please email Monica Gonzalez.


Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

Enterprise is excited to the lead the newly announced Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, a $20 million commitment from Wells Fargo Foundation designed to launch the next generation of housing affordability solutions.

As part of the challenge, Enterprise will have the opportunity to make a limited number of grants to nonprofit entities, while promoting peer-to-peer learning and cross-sector networking across the housing and community development landscape.

The grants will provide vital resources to innovations with the potential to substantially address housing affordability issues across three areas: financing, construction, and housing services and support.

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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.

Section 4 Grant Funding Opportunities Available NOW OPEN

Applications will be accepted under two Requests for Letters of Interest (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.

Important dates:

  • LOI Issue Date: June 17
  • Information Webinar on LOI
  • Submission Deadline for LOI Applications: July 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Email notification to submit full proposal: week of August 8
  • Submission Deadline for full proposal: September 9, 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Expected date for selection notifications: October 15

Applicants should carefully review the program areas and specifications, organizational eligibility criteria, geographic/market priorities and all other requirements before applying. Successful applicants will be notified, by invitation only, to submit a Full Proposal for grant funding.

Applicants must create a user account in SlideRoom, the online application portal, to submit an application. See instructions in LOI.

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Rural & Native American
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For questions about the LOI process, please email

Section 4 Webinars

National Applicant Q&A Webinar
June 25, 2019
1:30 - 2:30 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
June 27, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 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

Market Q & A Webinar Registration

  • Chicago - June 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Gulf Coast - June 28 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Mid-Atlantic - June 27 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • New York - June 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
    • This is an in-person Q&A session at 1 Whitehall Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Written questions to be answered during the session may be submitted to at least two business days prior to the meeting.
  • Southeast - June 28 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

For questions on the Section 4 grant opportunities, please email

Resources for Applicants & Grantees

For questions about the LOI process, please email

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Case Studies

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

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