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FY21 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants FR-6500-N-38

  • Granting Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Appropriation Amount: $5,000,000
  • Grant Amount: Award Ceiling $450,000, match 5%
  • Announcement Date: May 12, 2021
  • Closing Date: June 13, 2021

FY21 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants NOFO

Purpose: The development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focus on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People, and Neighborhood. . To achieve these core goals, communities must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.

Eligible Expenditures:
Proposed activities must reflect local area conditions and the needs of the target neighborhood and must be consistent with the local land use and planning process.
(1) Conduct comprehensive needs assessments to inform the preparation of the Transformation Plan
(2) Undertake a comprehensive and integrated planning process that addresses the challenges and gaps in services and assets identified through the needs assessments and leads to a plan for implementation that has broad community support.
(3) Conduct technical planning studies concerning local development issues, priorities, or suggested appropriate approaches in the context of the local housing market relative to other alternatives.
(4) Work with public and private agencies, organizations (including philanthropic organizations) and individuals to: develop a Transformation Plan that includes a governance strategy that will provide long-term accountability and secure commitments for long-term collaboration to ensure it will be implemented successfully; gather and leverage resources needed to support the financial sustainability of the Transformation Plan; identify strategies for building upon and leveraging existing neighborhood efforts and anticipated Federal, state, regional and local investments; and strengthen management and decision-making capacities of participating organizations.
(5) Plan for the collection and strategic use of relevant data to track future community impacts once the Transformation Plan is implemented by employing statistical and qualitative analysis of specific metrics developed in partnership with the appropriate local, state, regional, and federal agencies/organizations.
(6) Identify best practices based on the available evidence and promising approaches from other grantees and community development practitioners.
(7) Early Action Activities, as defined in Section I.A.4 of this NOFO. Up to $150,000 of grant funds may be used for Early Action Activities. Specific Early Action Activities may be proposed in the application, as part of the submitted budget, or during the grant period, as a budget revision. These funds should be used for innovative solutions to neighborhood challenges and must be used for projects that can be completed within the first two years of this grant.

Eligible Applicants: County governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), and
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities