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Section 4 Capacity Building Grants - Rural and Native American Initiative (RNAI)

Grants to USA Nonprofit Community Housing Organizations Serving
Rural and Native American Populations to Strengthen Capacity

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Funding Source:

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Enterprise Community Partners

Deadline Date:

09/23/20 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA nonprofit community development and housing organizations, Tribes, and Tribal housing entities and authorities serving rural areas to strengthen the capacity to implement housing programs for low-income residents. Funding is intended to enhance the capacity and ability to carry out affordable housing and community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons.

Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) is seeking Requests for Proposals for the Section 4 Capacity Building Program (Section 4). The purpose of the Section 4 program is to enhance the technical and administrative capacity of community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) to carry out community development and affordable housing activities for families of low income (80% AMI or below). 

Program Area 1: Preservation and Production of Affordable Housing

  • Preservation: The need to preserve current affordable housing, including subsidized and unsubsidized affordable housing and small and medium multifamily (SMMF) units, with a particular interest in supporting groups pursuing the preservation of at-risk 515 housing stock.
  • Production: The need to produce more safe, healthy, resilient, and culturally relevant affordable housing, including homeownership opportunities for moderate to low-income households.

Program Area 2: People- and Place-Based Solutions

  • Native Homeownership: The need to build capacity of organizations to enhance or implement homeownership programs for Native communities.
  • Economic Growth: The need to stimulate community economic development and household economic mobility.
  • Healthy Communities: The need to reduce and prevent health disparities experienced by low income residents, including resident and client services that address mental health and healing from historical traumas.
  • Resilience: The need for more resilient housing and preparation to withstand and recover from natural disasters.

Program Area 3: Protection for Vulnerable Populations

  • Homelessness Support: The need to address the homelessness crisis through stronger placement coordination and services.
  • Senior Housing: The need to provide cost-efficient housing and supportive services to low income seniors to enable them to age in place.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing: The need to develop projects and services/programming that serves a population that is chronically homeless or faces challenges to stable housing due to addiction, mental health, or other variables that create barrier to housing.
  • Reentry Housing and Services: The need to provide housing and other services to formerly incarcerated persons released from prison or jail to help them transition back into society.
  • Other Vulnerable Populations: May include formerly incarcerated, disabled persons, those suffering from mental illness, etc.

For more information on eligible activities and allowable costs, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186268

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Enterprise anticipates making awards that range from $35,000 to $100,000.
Average award is expected to be $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will have a general duration of 12 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CDCs and CHDOs as defined by the HUD Section 4 program definition. Other eligible organizations, determined by Enterprise, may include organizations serving Native American Populations with a defined mission that includes affordable housing such as Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) or Tribal Housing Authorities (THAs). See Appendix A for details on eligibility requirements in Supporting Documents below.

For more information on ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Request for Proposals Release: August 20, 2020
Informational Webinar on Request for Proposals: August 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT
Submission Deadline for Proposals: September 23, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
Questions may be submitted from August 20, 2020 through 5:00 pm EDT on September 23, 2020.

Contact Information:

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


Programmatic questions may be directed to Sarah Torsell, Program Director, at
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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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