Every so often, we write about grant-related opportunities and local government news packaged into one post. Today's post focuses primarily on housing issues: revitalizing America's Main Streets and providing for affordable housing in these areas, improving housing self-sufficiency, capacity building for the entities that are helping to create affordable housing, and small grants for projects that focus on the intersection between education and digital culture.
HOPE VI Main Street Program: This program's purpose is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of a historic or traditional central business district or "Main Street" area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to redevelop Main Street areas; preserve historic or traditional central business district or Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. This program provides $500,000 in grant funding. Read more.
Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) help create affordable housing and support economic development in our communities. However, the success of these efforts relies in large part on the capacity of local nonprofits, local governments, and tribal governments to develop and implement effective housing and community development plans. Thus, this program provides $5 million for such capacity building efforts. Read more.
Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS): Service Coordinators Program: The purpose of the Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinators program is to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency. To accomplish this goal, ROSS provides grant funding to eligible applicants to hire Service Coordinators to assess the needs of public and Indian housing residents and link them to supportive services that enable participants to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the Service Coordinator links participants to supportive services that enable them to remain in-place and thereby avoid more costly forms of care. There is $34 million available for this program. Read more.
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. The National Endowment for the Humanities offers small grants to support the planning stages of digital projects that promise to benefit the humanities. The program supports both new projects in early stages of development and efforts to reinvigorate existing or dormant projects in innovative ways. The grants may involve creating or enhancing experimental, computationally based methods or techniques for humanities research, teaching, preservation, or public programming; pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities. Read more.
Free Uniform Guidance Training
A few months ago, we co-hosted trainings on the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) affecting all federal grantees and pass-through entities. While attendance was great, we understand many of you couldn't make it, so we've brought the training to you by topic so you view what interests you. Check out the videos by clicking the button below: