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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) - Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

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02/06/20 11:59 PM ET


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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.

This Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI) NOFA makes available $500,000 under the Continued Development Component (CDC). The CDC component provides funds to non-profit fair housing organizations to build their capacity and effectiveness to conduct enforcement related activities. 

Eligible activities are those that build the capacity of an organization to become a viable fair housing enforcement organization (QFHO or FHO) and/or expand the services of an existing QFHO or FHO. Examples of eligible activities may include but are not limited to: (1) adding an enforcement staff or conducting enforcement-related activities; and (2) expanding testing expertise and experience.

Program-Specific Requirements Affecting Eligibility:

  • 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.

The applicant's proposed budget must set aside $5,000 annually to be utilized to participate in HUD sponsored mandatory or approved training. Grants that have a performance period of 12-18 months are considered 12 month grants for purposes of this requirement. Do not specify amounts over $5,000, per instructed above for training set-aside in this category

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GrantWatch ID#: 125731

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Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 2 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award possible per grant under this solicitation is $250,000.
- Minimum Award Amount: $100,000 Per Project Period
- Maximum Award Amount: $250,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

- Estimated Project Start Date: 06/01/2020
- Estimated Project End Date: 05/31/2021
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 agreed upon timeframe(s) established in negotiations. However, expenditures should be no more than 18-24 months from notice of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Additional Information on Eligibility:
Eligible applicants may be Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHOs), Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (FHOs), or nonprofit groups organizing to build capacity to provide fair housing enforcement. All applicants must complete Appendix B, FHOI Eligibility Certification and submit it with their application. HUD does not award grants to individuals. In addition, HUD will not evaluate applications from ineligible applicants.

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.

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.

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Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on 02/06/2020. Applications must be received no later than the deadline.

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

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Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to the point of contact listed below.

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

Myron Newry
(202) 402-7095

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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