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HUD's FY 2018 and FY 2019 Distressed Cities TA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Businesses, and IHEs to Provide
Technical Assistance to Distressed Communities

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Office of Policy Development and Research

Deadline Date:

05/29/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, businesses, and private institutes of higher education for technical assistance to distressed regions or cities. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Activities that are eligible for funding include disaster resilience and recovery in distressed areas, targeted private sector investment, and financial management. Applicants with demonstrable experience across all three topics are sought. As new HUD priorities and customer needs emerge, TA assignments may address additional programmatic or policy areas. No less than half of the total funds targeted to cities with populations under 40,000 that were impacted by a natural disaster.

The objectives of this NOFA are to:

- Provide communities facing long-term economic challenges with accessible and comprehensive technical assistance that will help them adopt effective, efficient, and sustainable financial management practices (including but not limited to the management of disaster recovery and resilience funds)
- Build capacity for financial management, economic revitalization, affordable housing, and disaster recovery and resilience in distressed communities by building partnerships between public agencies, community members, non-profits, and private organizations
- Improve communities’ working knowledge of federal development programs, including indirect subsidy sources such as Opportunity Zones and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program
- Develop a set of best practices and recommendations regarding financial management and disaster recovery and resilience that can be shared with other communities facing similar challenges

The technical assistance provided by the successful applicant will be community-specific rather than program-specific and will be scaled to ensure a measurable impact on the community’s growth and resilience, as well as the efficient use of public funds. To that end, the funding source is seeking an awardee that will take a place-based, holistic approach to technical assistance.

The experience and expertise needed includes a variety of topics: public administration, financial management, land use development, business attraction and retention, workforce development, fair housing, community engagement, data collection and analysis, disaster recovery and resilience, etc. Applicants are encouraged to propose the procurement of contract and consultant services as necessary to demonstrate experience across these topic areas.

Eligible activities:

1. Needs Assessments
2. Direct TA and Capacity Building Engagements
3. Development and Maintenance of Tools and Products
4. Self-Directed and Group Learning
5. Administrative
6. Coordination

For more information on these activities, see the RFP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185881

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Number of Grants:

HUD expects to make approximately 2 awards from the funds available under this NOFA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

HUD is announcing the availability of two awards: up to $3 million in FY 2018 funding and up to $3 million in FY 2019 funding, both of which will be awarded to one awardee.

Term of Contract:

Estimated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019
Estimated Project End Date: 09/29/2022


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-profit organizations cannot realize any profit from activities supported by the funds provided though this NOFA.

Individuals are ineligible to apply to this NOFA.

Funding restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time on 05/29/2019. Applications must be received no later than the deadline. HUD strongly recommends applications be submitted at least 48 hours before the deadline and during regular business hours to allow enough time to correct errors or overcome other problems.

Registration requirements:

1. SAM Registration Requirement.
Applicants must be registered with SAM before submitting their application. In addition, applicants must maintain an active SAM registration with current information while they have an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by HUD.
2. DUNS Number Requirement.
Applicants must provide a valid DUNS number, registered and active at SAM, in the application. DUNS numbers may be obtained for free from Dun & Bradstreet.
3. Requirement to Register with
Anyone planning to submit applications on behalf of an organization must register at and be approved by the EBiz Point of Contact 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 submit an application through

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Contact Information:

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

Brian Stromberg
(202) 402-4328

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

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