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Housing Grant Program Competition

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits and Local Agencies for Permanent
or Transitional Housing for Individuals with Special Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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WHEDA Foundation and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Deadline Date:

06/22/18 Postmarked or Delivered


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Wisconsin nonprofits, community development, redevelopment, and housing authorities, and local and tribal agencies to develop or improve emergency and permanent housing for low-income people with special needs. This Fund will support two separate housing competitions: Emergency/Transitional category, and Permanent category.

Emergency shelter/transitional housing facilities are defined as housing serving households who will reside in the facility up to 24 months. Permanent housing facilities are defined as housing serving households who will reside in the facility for a period greater than 24 months.

Examples of types of projects that can be supported through the Housing Grant Program include, but are not limited to the following: emergency shelter facilities, halfway houses, community based residential facilities, group homes, congregate living facilities, shelter or shared living apartments, independent apartments, housing cooperatives, boarding rooms, single room occupancy units, transitional housing facilities, and retirement centers.

Examples of the target populations to be addressed are: the homeless, runaway youth, youth in out of home placement, veterans, alcohol or drug dependent persons, persons in need of protective services, domestic abuse victims, developmentally disabled, low income or frail elderly persons, chronically mentally ill, physically impaired or disabled, people living with HIV disease, and persons without access to traditional housing.

Frail elderly is defined as persons age 60 or over who have one or more chronic health conditions and need at least some assistance with daily activities. Low-income elderly is defined as persons age 60 or over with incomes that do not exceed 80 percent of county median income as adjusted for household size.

Eligible uses of funds include new construction, building acquisition, rehabilitation, handicapped accessibility improvements, conversion of or additions to buildings, site acquisition and other development activities.

Grant applicants should demonstrate how the use of WHEDA Foundation grant funds will enable proposed projects and programs to benefit residents whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the county’s median income as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Emphasis is placed on projects with the greatest potential for creating or improving affordable housing or shelter opportunities for the target groups. Projects that show evidence of financial viability through sufficient funding commitments and describe the applicant’s ability to proceed competently and promptly toward completion of the proposed project are encouraged. Projects should show that appropriate resident support services are available where applicable.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170422

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $25,000 per project; however, there is no minimum WHEDA Foundation grant award and smaller funding requests are allowed.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to be completed within the time frame indicated by the applicant. NEW for 2018: generally, project completion shall not exceed a 9 month period following receipt of WHEDA Foundation grant funds. An extension of up to 3 additional months may be requested by submitting a Grant Completion Extension Form.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

At the time of grant submission, applicants must fall into one of the following organizational categories:
- Nonprofit organizations or cooperatives organized under Chapters 181, 185, or 187 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
- Community development, redevelopment and housing authorities.
- Local units of government.
- Native American tribal authorities.

Grant recipients that received three consecutive funding awards through the WHEDA Foundation 2015, 2016, and 2017 housing grant competitions are not eligible to apply for the 2018 housing grants program.

Ineligible Use of Grant Funds:
- Market studies
- Feasibility studies
- Down payment assistance
- Ongoing project operating costs
- Housing-related services
- Vehicles and other transportation services
- Costs incurred in the preparation of the 2018 Housing Grant Program application.
- Costs incurred prior to the 2018 Housing Grant Program award date.
- Nursing homes.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on June 22, 2018. Completed application packages must be postmarked or delivered no later than June 22, 2018.

Grant awards will be announced on or about October 26, 2018.

Applicants may submit only one application per category.

New for 2018: grant applications with activities falling into the categories of Handicapped Accessibility Improvements, Rehabilitation, or New Construction, must attach a minimum of two bids for the project listed on the application. If the project has multiple elements (use of funds) a minimum of two bids are required for each element. If a project involves the acquisition of property, an Offer to Purchase must be submitted with your application.

Also new for 2018, applicants must submit a Form 990 or their most recent audited or reviewed financial statement. A unit of government without an independent audit may submit their annual Wisconsin Department of Revenue Financial Report. A nonprofit organized under Chapter 187 of the Wisconsin Statutes that is not required to file with the IRS must submit an annual financial statement.

About the Housing Grant Program:

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be mailed to:

Housing Grant Program
WHEDA Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1728
Madison, WI 53701-1728

Applications may be delivered to:

Housing Grant Program
WHEDA Foundation, Inc.
201 West Washington Avenue, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703

John Vogt

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USA: Wisconsin