Housing Grant Opportunities
NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.
Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for housing funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for housing grants, please fill out the form to the right.
There are several different headings under this U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development grant program. The CDBG Entitlement Community Grant allows larger cities to apply for funding to create affordable housing and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, particularly for low to moderate income individuals. The Small Cities CDBG Program, administered by individual states, assists local governments to carry out community development programs. Each state develops funding priorities annually. Also, different states have different mechanisms for distributing HUD funds, so procedures and deadlines vary from state to state. Through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, HUD awards grants to communities hardest hit by foreclosures and delinquencies to purchase, renovate, or redevelop homes and stabilize neighborhoods.
The ESG program makes grant funds available for assisting individuals and families to regain housing stability after experiencing a housing crisis. Grants are awarded to state governments, large cities, urban counties, and U.S. territories, which then make the funds available to subrecipients. Therefore, if an organization is interested in receiving homeless assistance funds, it needs to apply to a HUD-funded governing body, not directly to HUD itself. Five program components are eligible to receive funding: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange offers the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The current round of funding opened on November 9, 2012, and will close at 7:59 pm EST on January 18, 2013. According to the CoC’s webpage, “The CoC program is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability.” The program is also meant to promote community-wide use of resources that address homelessness, improve data collection and performance measurement, etc.
The VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually to provide funding to community agencies that provide services to homeless veterans, which includes building and providing housing, increasing veterans’ skill levels and/or income, helping homeless veterans get residential stability, and helping veterans have greater self-determination. Only programs with supportive housing or service centers are eligible for this funding, and there are two levels of funding: the Grant Component and Per Diem Component.
The Grant Component: This funding is used for costs of acquiring, constructing, or renovating buildings for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless veterans. Only 65% of the costs can be funded by these grants, leaving the other 35% to be matched by other funding sources.
The Per Diem Component: This funding can be used to pay for operational costs, including salaries. The maximum amount payable is $41.90 per day per veteran housed for supportive housing.