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Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) - Fair Housing Organization Initiative (FHOI)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase
Organizational Capacity to Improve Housing Practices

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

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06/14/21 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and eligible agencies to increase organizational capacity to improve housing practices. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to strengthen organizational capacity in fair housing-related activities by increasing enforcement or expanding testing expertise and experience.

The Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) funds fair housing organizations and other non-profits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination. Currently FHIP provides funds to eligible organizations through competitive grants under three initiatives to carry out enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.

The CDC component provides funds to non-profit fair housing organizations to build their capacity and effectiveness to conduct enforcement related activities eligible for funding including but not limited to:

(1) adding an enforcement staff and enforcement-related activities (e.g., to an existing fair housing education organization); and (2) expanding testing expertise and experience. 

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Fair Housing Related Activities. All program activities and costs within the Statement of Work (SOW) and budget must be fair housing related activities and must demonstrate an explicit connection to furthering the non-discrimination provisions of the Fair Housing Act. HUD will not fund any portion of an application that is not eligible for funding under the regulatory requirements or that does not meet the requirements under this NOFA. Only the eligible portions of a successful application will be funded.
  • Fair Housing Act/Protected Classes. All FHIP-funded projects must address housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and/or national origin and further the non-discrimination provisions of the Fair Housing Act. HUD is determined to ensure equal opportunity and access to housing in all communities across the nation. All services and activities must be available to all protected class members. The application’s description of proposed activities must reflect the commitment to address housing discrimination affecting all of the above protected classes.

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GrantWatch ID#: 125731

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Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 9 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Award Amount: $100,000 Per Project Period
- Maximum Award Amount: $250,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 10/04/2021
- Estimated Project End Date: 10/03/2022
Length of Project Periods Explanation of Other: The period of performance under this initiative is 12-18 months. Obligations should be made within six months of notice of award and all grants expended in the specified timeframe(s) established in negotiations. However, expenditures should be no more than 18-24 months from award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Eligible applicants may be Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHOs) and Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (FHOs), and nonprofit groups organizing to build their capacity to provide fair housing enforcement.

An applicant must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prior to the application deadline date to be eligible for funding. Applications must include an IRS report showing 501(c)(3) status.

HUD will not fund an organization if the parent or its affiliate/subsidiary organization has an open grant (previously funded) under this same FHOI component and will not fund both a parent organization and its affiliate/subsidiary organization under this NOFA for the same component. In addition, HUD will not allow affiliate and parent organization staff sharing protocols whereby the parent organization shares key staff with an affiliate(s). All funded organizations must be fully independent functional enforcement organizations, e.g., able to conduct business on an on-going basis without support from parent or its staff to complete proposed program activities, and set apart from parent organization.

HUD does not award grants to individuals.

Co-applicants or members of a consortium are not eligible applicants under this NOFA.

Applicants are ineligible for funding if their project is aimed solely at research or data gathering. If a successful application contains research and other activities, only the eligible portions of the application will be funded. Proposed surveys must be approved by HUD and the OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act before the application submission, or the activity is deemed ineligible.

For more information about eligibility, please see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard time on 06/14/2021.

HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

System for Award Management (SAM) and Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number.
1. SAM Registration Requirement.
Applicants must be registered with SAM before submitting their application. In addition, applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.
2. DUNS Number Requirement.
Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at SAM, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet:
3. Requirement to Register with
Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the EBiz Point of Contact in SAM to submit applications for the organization.

Registration for SAM and is a multi-step process and can take four (4) weeks or longer to complete if data issues arise. Applicants without a valid registration cannot submit an application through Complete registration instructions and guidance are provided at

Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to the POC
listed below.

Kimberly Harley

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

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