Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants, Deadline Feb. 9

HUD is introducing Planning and Action Grants, a new type of planning grant award, in addition to the two-year Planning Grants.

Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.
Planning and Action Grants are three-year planning grants that demonstrate a commitment to “doing while planning.” Experience shows that tangible, early actions help communities build momentum for further planning and the eventual transition from planning to implementation of that plan. These actions improve neighborhood confidence, which in turn sustains the community’s energy, attracts more engagement and resources, and helps convince skeptical stakeholders that positive change is possible.

Under these grants, the planning process activities would take place during the first 24 months of the grant period. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period. Action Activities, as defined in section I.A.3.f, are physical improvement, community development, and economic development projects that enhance and accelerate the transformation of the neighborhood. Activities are limited to: reclaiming and recycling vacant property; beautification, place-making, and community arts projects; homeowner and business façade improvement programs; neighborhood broadband/Wi-Fi; and gap financing for economic development projects. Action Activities must build upon the planning for the target housing and neighborhood.

HUD is making available approximately $10 million in assistance through the FY2015/FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods program for Planning Grants and Planning and Action Grants. Under this publication, eligible applicants will apply for Planning and Action Grants. The top scoring applicants will be awarded Planning and Action Grants, and the next set of highest scoring applicants will be awarded Planning Grants, based on funding availability.

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Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants, Deadline Feb. 9

ICDBG Program for Indian Tribes, Deadline Oct. 14

Estimated Total Program Funding:     $58,856,810
Award Ceiling:     $1,000,000
Award Floor:     $500,000

Eligible Applicants:
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

All grant funds awarded in accordance with this NOFA are subject to the requirements of 24 CFR Part 1003. The purpose of the ICDBG program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low- and moderate- incomes as defined in 24 CFR 1003.4. The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) in HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing administers the program.

1. Single Purpose Grants. Projects funded by the ICDBG program must meet the primary objective, defined at 24 CFR 1003.2, to principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Consistent with this objective, not less than 70 percent of the expenditures of each Single Purpose grant shall be for activities that meet the regulatory criteria at 24 CFR 1003.208 for Area Benefit Activities; Limited Clientele Activities; Housing Activities; or Job Creation or Retention Activities.

2. Imminent Threat Grants.Imminent Threat (IT) means a problem which if unresolved or not addressed will have an immediate negative impact on public health or safety (24CFR § 1003.4) These grants are intended to alleviate or remove a threat to health or safety that requires an immediate solution as described at 24CFR part 1003,subpart E. Due to the urgency and immediacy of the threat, projects funded must be completed within 12 months of the grant award, unless there is good cause for not being able to do so. An application for IT funds is not required to be submitted by the deadline established in this NOFA. IT applications are funded on a first-come first-served basis until the amount set aside for this purpose is exhausted.

ICDBG Program for Indian Tribes, Deadline Oct. 14