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Community Enhancement Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits
for Public Services in Eligible Regions

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City of Raleigh, Housing and Neighborhoods Department, Community Development Division

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Deadline Date:

01/08/21 3:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of up to $60,000 to North Carolina nonprofits in eligible regions for affordable housing and public services for low- and moderate-income families. Applicants must attend a pre-application meeting before applying. Public services must be either a new service or an expansion of an existing service in the City of Raleigh.

The primary objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments and economic development opportunities, principally to low- and moderate-income residents. 

Funding priorities are:

  • Projects that serve:
    • Persons who are exiting homelessness
    • Extremely low-income persons (incomes at or below 30% AMI)
    • Low-income youth
    • Persons who are disabled
    • Victims of domestic violence
    • Persons living with HIV/AIDS
    • Seniors
  • New projects that address demonstrated gaps in services for low- and moderate-income persons

Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting households successfully exit homelessness
  • Assisting ex-offenders reintegrate into civil society
  • Job training
  • Youth tutoring/gang prevention
  • Substance abuse prevention/treatment
  • Counseling
  • Child care
  • Services for older adults

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166609

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Estimated Size of Grant:

To be eligible, applications must request at least $10,000 but no more than $60,000.

Term of Contract:

July 1—June 30: Contract period for awarded grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)3 designation may apply.

Applicant Requirements
a) Must have an adequate financial management system in place to maintain effective control and accountability over all funds, property, and other assets covered by this proposal.
b) Must be able to produce sufficient backup documentation for costs of the project and files for review and audit.
c) Must have adequate internal management procedures and separation of duties to prevent fraud and abuse.
d) Must have no outstanding audit deficiencies, findings, or disallowed costs from previous projects or activities.
e) Must have a Board of Directors that meets on a regular basis (monthly preferred).
f) Request must not exceed 50% of the total project budget.
g) Request must not exceed 25% of the agency’s total actual operating expenses for the last completed fiscal year.

The following are not eligible to be funded through the Community Enhancement Grant:
- General administrative support/general agency operations
- Housing construction
- Public services for persons with incomes greater than 80% of area median income (AMI)

Please note that purchase of small electronics such as computers, pads/tablets, telephones, and accessories is not an eligible cost for the Community Enhancement Grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshops for all prospective Applicants are scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:00pm—4:00pm and Friday December 4, 2020 at 2:00pm—4:00pm. Attendance at one of these workshops is a prerequisite for consideration of an Applicant's application. Prospective Applicants must attend one of these workshops and are encouraged to submit written questions in advance.

Details on the Mandatory Virtual Preproposal Workshop will be posted on the City’s website by December 1
or can be obtained by emailing John Niffenegger.

Pre-Application Information:

- RFP Advertisement Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshop: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 2-4PM or Friday, December 4, 2020, 2-4PM
- Deadline for written questions: Friday, December 11, 2020, 4PM
- City Response to questions (anticipated): Friday, December 18, 2020, 4PM
- Proposal Due Date and Time: Friday, January 8, 2021, 3PM
- Selection Announced at Council Meeting (tentative): March 2021

Contact Information:

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

Submit proposals:

By US Postal Service:
City of Raleigh
Attn: John Niffenegger
City of Raleigh
PO Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602
RFP No & Title 274-11182021CEG

By other means:
City of Raleigh
Attn: John Niffenegger
City of Raleigh
421 Fayetteville St, 12th Floor, Suite 1200
Raleigh, NC 27601
RFP No & TItle 274-11182021CEG

Please contact John Niffenegger, CD Project Coordinator for more information:
919-996-6961, or 919-996-4330

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