Predevelopment Grant   Active Design Grant   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.

In most instances, we award grants through a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Below is a description of RFPs being offered to strengthen community-based organizations that are advancing our shared mission. 

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

Eligible organizations can apply for grants starting Monday, May 7th, and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis as long as funding is available.

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



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 25, 2018: Submissions Due
Week of June 4, 2018: Grantees Notified

Active Design Grant Opportunity

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 25, 2018: Submissions Due
Week of June 4, 2018: Grantees Notified

For questions about either green grant opportunity, email

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 NOW OPEN

Applications will be accepted under two Requests for Letters of Interest (LOI). Applicants may apply for grant funds under one opportunity only:

  • National Section 4 Capacity Building - We seek applications from CHDOs and CDCs as defined by the HUD Section 4 program definition. Applications will be accepted for our markets across the country and towards national program areas.  Market priority program areas are listed within the LOI document.  For more information on our markets, go to our Where We Work page.
  • Rural & Native American Section 4 Capacity Building - We seek 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: May 1
  • Submission Deadline for LOI Applications: May 29, 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Email notification to submit full proposal: week of July 9
  • Submission Deadline for full proposal: August 6, 11:59 p.m. EDT
  • Expected date for selection notification: September 17

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
Enterprise hosted a question and answer webinar on May 9th to review the National LOI requirements. The session recording and powerpoint presentation are now available. 

Rural & Native American Applicant Q&A Webinar
Enterprise hosted a question and answer webinar on May 10th to review the Rural & Native American LOI requirements. The session recording and powerpoint presentation are now available. 

Market Q&A Webinar Registration

Resources for Applicants & Grantees

For questions about the LOI process, please email

Case Studies

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