Grants for high-need rural areas and rural housing development organizations, community
development corporations (CDCs), community housing development organizations (CHDOs),
local governments, and Indian tribes obtain financing, training, and technical assistance
necessary to undertake effective community development activities.
Nature of Program
: The Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable
Housing (Rural Capacity Building) program is intended to fund applicants with demonstrated
expertise in affordable housing and community development in high-need rural communities. To
ensure that there is a sufficient mix of grantees funded, HUD reserves the right to fund less than
the amount requested by any applicant. Adjustments in funding amounts are also intended to
ensure a fair distribution of the funds for the provision of capacity building assistance on a
national, geographically diverse basis.
: An applicant must be a non-profit entity or consortium that has ongoing
experience in rural housing, including experience working with rural housing development
organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), community housing development
organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes, as evidenced by past and
continuing work in one or more states in seven or more of the federal regions. Applicants must
also have experience conducting activities from the first and/or the second Rural Capacity
Building Notice of Funding Availability eligible activities in rural areas.
: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Division K, Title II, (Public Law 115-
31, approved May 05, 2017).
: Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.
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