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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits for the Professional Development of Housing Advisors

Housing Counseling Training Grant Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
CFDA Number: 14.316
Funding or PIN Number: FR-6700-N-30
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Important Dates
Deadline: 11/30/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA public or private nonprofit organizations for the professional development of housing advisors. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Training programs must be provided nationwide. Funding is intended to assist Housing Counseling agencies (HCAs) in increasing the use of partnerships with local and state-wide organizations to provide additional place-based training on state and local issues.

The purpose of this NOFO assistance is to continue investing in the creation and maintenance of a professional and effective housing counseling industry that is able to meaningfully assist consumers by providing them with the information they need to make informed housing choices and maximize the impact of Federal funding appropriated for HUD’s Housing Counseling Program.

Statutory requirements enacted as part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) require that individual housing counselors participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program shall demonstrate, by written examination, that they are competent in providing counseling in each of the core topics. HUD requires six (6) Core Topics in which housing counselors need to be trained and competent. These are: Financial Management; Property Maintenance; Home ownership and Tenancy; Fair Housing and other Civil Rights Laws and Requirements; Housing Affordability; Avoidance of, and responses to, rental and mortgage delinquency and avoidance of eviction and mortgage default.

The goals of this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:

  1. Providing financial support to increase HCAs use of partnerships with local and statewide organizations to provide additional place-based training on state and local issues, in order to create an increased number of counselor training scholarships.
  2. Supporting the provision of both basic and specialized topics of housing counseling training including the core topics for housing counselor certification, rental housing counseling, mortgage delinquency and default counseling, housing counselor workforce development, and disaster preparation and recovery to help meet these perceived needs.
  3. Supporting Housing Counseling agencies (HCAs) that are in a unique position to help their communities prepare for and recover from a disaster. This can be done by integrating preparedness into their counseling and education activities. Post-disaster, they can use their knowledge of local resources and programs to help clients navigate the complexities of disaster recovery resources and programs.
  4. Encouraging housing counselor workforce development through programs designed to prepare students for future careers in housing counseling. These programs can be administered directly by Training NOFO (TNOFO) grantees, or by partnering with institutions of higher education, including but not limited to, Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), or other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

For Objectives and Priorities, see

Program-Specific Requirements:

Eligible Activities:


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Non-profit organizations, other than institutions of higher education, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a public or private non-profit organization and must submit evidence of tax-exempt status under section 501(a) and be an entity described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRC (26 U.S.C. 501(a) and (c)(3)). Applicants must have at least two years of experience providing housing counseling training services nationwide to housing counselors employed by housing counseling agencies participating in HUD’s Housing Counseling Program. Applicants are not required to be HUD Approved HCAs.

For additional information on eligibility, see

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Ineligible Applicants:
- For Profit Entities
- Indian Tribes (including as Alaska native villages) and their Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE)
- Individuals

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is 11:59:59 PM Eastern time on 11/30/2023. Submit your application to unless a waiver has been issued allowing you to submit a paper application. Instructions for submitting your paper application will be contained in the waiver of electronic submission.

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

Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the E-Biz POC 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 apply through

Applicants for financial assistance must have an active registration in the SAM ( before submitting an application. In addition, applicants and subgrantees must have a UEI Number. Getting a UEI number and completing SAM registration can take multiple weeks; therefore, Applicants should start this process or check their status early.

All awards will be made on a cost reimbursement basis in accordance with, and subject to, the requirements in 2 CFR Part 200.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
HUD expects to make approximately 6 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Award Amount: $2,750,000

Term of Contract
The initial period of performance for grants awarded under this program will be for a period of twelve (12) months. For planning purposes, Applicants should assume that the period of performance is October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to the POC listed below:
Virginia F. Holman
Phone: 540-894-7790
Email: Customer Support:
(800) 518-GRANTS

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