The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB).
The Rural Capacity Building program enhances the capacity and ability of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes (eligible beneficiaries) to carry out affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas for the benefit of low- and moderate-income families and persons. The Rural Capacity Building program achieves this by funding National Organizations with expertise in rural housing and rural community development who work directly to build the capacity of eligible beneficiaries.
- Estimated Total Funding: $ 10,000,000
- Minimum Award Amount: $ 1,250,000 Per Project Period
- Maximum Award Amount: $ 3,250,000
- Length of Periods Explanation of Other: a 48-month period of performance for project and budget.
- A local organization of one of the following types that serve a rural area(s): rural housing development organization, Community Development Corporation (CDC), Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), Local government, and/or Indian tribe.
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Only National Organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, other than institutions of higher education, may apply for RCB funding.
The following non-exhaustive list of organizations are ineligible to apply for RCB program funds:
- Government Entities;
- Institutions of Higher Education;
- For-profit organizations;
- Nonprofit organizations that are not National in scope, serve fewer than seven HUD Federal regions or do not have experience within the last 10 years working in at least seven HUD Federal regions;
Eligible Program Activities
- RCB program funds are limited to activities that strengthen the organizational infrastructure, management, and governance capabilities of eligible beneficiaries serving rural areas to effectively increase the capacity of the eligible beneficiaries to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.
- Training, education, and support. This may include, but is not limited to, building the capacity of eligible beneficiaries to:
- Conduct organizational assessments;
- Engage in strategic planning and Board development;
- Access and implement technological improvements;
- Engage with rural community stakeholders; Evaluate the performance of current and planned rural community efforts;
- Plan for the use of available rural resources in a comprehensive and holistic manner;
- Participate in HUD planning efforts to ensure rural participation and the assessment of rural area needs;
- Foster regional planning efforts by connecting local, rural community plans with neighboring communities.