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Homeownership Counseling Grant Program (HCGP)

Grants to USA Local Housing Organizations in
Eligible States for Homeowner Education and Support

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Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofit housing organizations in eligible states for housing initiatives that benefit low-to-moderate-income families in the funding source's service area. Funding will be provided for programs and services focusing on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities.

The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation seeks to collaborate with established local and national nonprofit housing organizations that demonstrate the ability to create affordable and sustainable housing initiatives serving low- to moderate-income households, including seniors, veterans, and underserved families and individuals.

Program areas:

- Homebuyer counseling: Counselor-to-client assistance that addresses unique financial circumstances and housing issues, and focuses on overcoming specific obstacles to achieve housing goals such as: repairing credit, locating cash for a down payment, recognizing predatory lending practices, understanding fair lending and fair housing requirements, avoiding foreclosure, or resolving a financial crisis. Includes credit and budget counseling efforts.

- Homebuyer education: Education with an established curriculum and instructional goals, provided in a group or classroom setting or other formats (such as online), that covers such homeownership topics as the homebuying process, how to maintain a home, budgeting, the importance of good credit, and other homebuying related subjects. Pre-homebuyer education includes 4 to 8 hour workshops. Post-homebuyer education includes reverse-mortgage education efforts.

- Foreclosure prevention: Counseling efforts designed to help families keep homes that are facing foreclosure and stabilize the overall housing market. Provides information and assistance to avoid foreclosure

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178345

Term of Contract:

Grant funding must be used within one year of grant award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Legal requirements:

- The nonprofit organization must be tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3).
- The Housing Foundation does not provide support to IRS 501(c)(3) private foundations or government entities that are not tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3).

Program Requirements/Restrictions
- Non-profit must have completed at least two consecutive years of operations as of the date of application.
- Non-profit may only receive one grant per calendar year from the Homeownership Counseling Grant program.
- The Housing Foundation does not provide multi-year grants. The organization must reapply for future consideration.
- Project/program must serve low to moderate income homebuyers & homeowners.

The following housing program types are not eligible for HCGP grant funding:
- Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
- Loan pool programs
- Rental housing, group home, long-term care facilities, or shelter housing programs
- The project or program must serve owner-occupied low-to-moderate income homeowners and homebuyers.

Due to federal law, and the Housing Foundation's policy and budget limitations, the foundation doesn’t provide grants for:
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Organizations designed primarily for lobbying
- Purchase of advertising (including booths and tickets)
- Fundraising dinners
- Video or film production
- Club memberships
- Political campaigns
- Endowment campaigns
- Recreation programs
- Individuals
- Capital campaigns

Additionally, organizations may not be eligible for support if they receive funding from a Wells Fargo supported organization (for example, housing intermediary).

Pre-Application Information:

Submission periods:
- February 1 — 28, 2019 (decisions made by June 30, 2019)
- July 1 — 30, 2019 (decisions made by November 30, 2019)

Eligible applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for funding. Those who submit applications during the HCGP submission periods will be notified in writing about funding decisions by the adjacent decision date. Incomplete proposals may delay the decision date. Applicants submitting proposals online will receive an immediate email confirmation that their application has been received.

Should the submission-period end date fall on a weekend or holiday, the submission period will extend to the next business day after the original submission period end date.

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

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Contact Information:


Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
MAC N9405-041
300 Hwy 169 S., 4th Floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Maryland;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming