Rural Capacity Building Program

The Rural Capacity Building (RCB) 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.

RCB program funds are limited to capacity building activities that strengthen the organizational infrastructure, management, and governance capabilities of eligible beneficiaries serving rural areas. Through these activities, eligible beneficiaries increase their capacity to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low-income or low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas.

The $10 million in Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing program funds made available through this FY 2019 - FY 2020 NOFA are authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-6, approved on February 15, 2019) which provides $5 million, and by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-94 approved on December 20, 2019) which provides $5 million.    

Funding of approximately $10,000,000 is available through this NOFO. HUD expects to make approximately 5 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Preference Points

This NOFO is offering preference points for Opportunity Zones (OZ), Promise Zones (PZ), and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6400-N-08
Opportunity Title: Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grant (RCB)

Competition ID: FR-6400-N-08
CFDA No: 14.265
OMB Approval Numbers: 2506-0195
Opening Date: 7/28/2020

Deadline Date: 9/28/2020

Agency Contact: Anupama Abhyankar Email:  Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.