Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge    Section 4 Funding


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 phone. 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.

Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

A collaboration presented by Enterprise Community Partners with generous financial support from Wells Fargo, the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge aims to transform creative housing affordability ideas into real solutions. 

The challenge invites innovators to participate in a competitive application process with an opportunity to receive a grant and technical assistance to further scalable housing affordability solutions that address at least two of the challenge’s three focus areas: construction, financing, and resident services and support. The first round of the request for proposals (RFP) will be made available in mid-January. Sign up for the latest news and updates about the challenge. 

To learn more about eligibility, the focus areas and the application process, please join Enterprise and Wells Fargo for two upcoming optional informational webinars. 

Webinar: Understanding the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge RFP Process

January 7, 2020 | 2 p.m. EST
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January 16, 2020 | 2 p.m. EST
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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.



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 Round IN PROGRESS (Invitation Only Stage)

2019 Dates:

  • Email invitation 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

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Resources for Applicants & Grantees

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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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