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Section 4 Capacity Building Grants

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Enterprise Community Partners

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12/10/21 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands nonprofit community development and housing organizations to build organizational capacity. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to address the needs of low-income households.

Overview: 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 to benefit families of low to moderate income (80% AMI or below).

Now more than ever, the country must guide its focus toward racial equity as COVID-19 has further highlighted disparities in life outcomes for communities of color. Due to COVID-19 those adversely impacted by inequitable systems are economically more vulnerable than ever. The response to the pandemic must encourage a system that equitably responds to the disparities experienced by marginalized communities. The long-time prevalence of racial inequality has called for the deep need to strategically invest in communities led by and serving people of color so that they can take care of their most pressing needs while ensuring that they are at the center of recovery efforts.

Through this funding opportunity, Enterprise will provide funding to CDCs and CHDOs that support key community needs that include advancing racial equity by addressing systemic racism in housing; increasing housing supply through production and preservation; preparing for and supporting quick and full recovery from natural disasters and other unforeseen events, including the current and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic; and advancing economic opportunity and upward mobility. To effectively address these community needs, CDCs and CHDOs need organizational stability and increased capacity to carry out priority programs and business operations. 

Proposals may address more than one Program Area; however, applicants must select one Program area that most closely aligns with proposed activities and outcomes. Common examples of activities (though not an exhaustive list) that Enterprise may fund under these program areas include: 

  • Preservation of Existing Housing
  • New Housing Production
  • Climate and Community Resilience
  • Economic Mobility
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Organizational Sustainability

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186267

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Enterprise anticipates making awards that range from $35,000 to $100,000. Average award is expected to be $45,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will have a general duration of 18 months and will start after February 1, 2022. Grants will start on the date the agreement is executed by both parties.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must have 501c3 non-profit status to be considered eligible for this funding opportunity. A pending application to secure 501c3 non-profit status will not be accepted as a substitute.

National CDCs and CHDOs operating within the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to apply.

Rural and Native American CDCs and CHDOs including Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) or Tribal Housing Authorities (THAs) are also eligible.

Information about eligible CDCs and CHDOs can be found at

Ineligible expenses can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

Enterprise will host a web-based question and answer session on Wednesday, November 10th from 2:00-3:00 EDT. During this session, Enterprise staff will review the requirements for this funding opportunity.

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Pre-Application Information:

- November 1, 2021 - Request for Proposals Release
- November 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT - Informational Webinar on Request for Proposals
- December 10, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT - Submission Deadline for Proposals

Questions: General questions may be submitted until 5 p.m. Friday, December 10, 2021. Questions received after this time and date will not be answered. Enterprise highly recommends that proposals be submitted in advance of the deadline.

If your organization is recommended for an award, it must have a current SAM account and provide supporting documentation to verify the status before Enterprise will issue a grant agreement. SAM must remain active throughout the life-cycle of the grant.

Grant funds are disbursed on a cost reimbursement basis only.

Allow adequate time to familiarize yourself with the SlideRoom submittal process and to receive any needed technical support.

Proposals must be submitted in SlideRoom; no exceptions will be made. It is highly recommended that applicants do not wait until the last day to submit. Information submitted by mail, email, fax, hand-delivery or after the deadline will not be considered.

Match - The Section 4 program requires Enterprise to raise match from private sources for every dollar of Section 4 funds spent. Enterprise in turn requests that Grantees demonstrate their ability to provide matching dollars at a 3:1 ratio to assist Enterprise in meeting this requirement.

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Geographic Focus:

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

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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