Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB)
Through funding national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development, the Rural Capacity Building (RCB) program enhances the ability of rural housing development organizations, Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), local governments, and Indian tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.
Eligible Program Activities include training, education, support, and advice to enhance the technical and administrative capabilities of recipients, including the capacity to participate in consolidated planning, fair housing planning and Continuum of Care homeless assistance efforts that help ensure community-wide participation in assessing area needs; broad consultation within the community; cooperative planning for available resources in a comprehensive and holistic manner; and performance evaluation under these community efforts and in linking plans with neighboring communities to foster regional planning; loans, pass-through grants or other financial assistance to rural housing organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian tribes to carry-out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons by building the capacity of those eligible beneficiaries to serve rural communities; or such other activities as determined by the grantees in consultation with the Secretary or his or her designee.
Program Priorities. Activities undertaken as part of, or because of, capacity building efforts described in this section will support the implementation of other HUD programs in rural areas, including, but not limited to, the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), and the Continuum of Care program, besides issues related to sustainability and comprehensive neighborhood revitalization activities. Through the eligible activities of this NOFA, recipients are encouraged to build the capacity of entities in rural areas that lack designated rural housing development organizations, CDCs or CHDOs and to ensure those entities gain new access or expand existing access to federal funding. Recipients are encouraged to align with and support projects that create opportunities for transformative revitalization and investments focused on job growth, economic recovery, and neighborhood revitalization. Grantees are encouraged to consider how eligible beneficiaries may align investments with regional planning for sustainable economic development if such efforts are underway in a jurisdiction.
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6100-N-08
Opportunity Title: Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (RCB)
CFDA Number: 14.265
Opening Date: September 28, 2017
Deadline Date: December 7, 2017
CONTACT INFORMATION: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications. Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to the point of contact CapacityBuilding@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.