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Grants

Although Enterprise is not an endowed foundation, we make every effort to raise funds to support the work of our partners across the country. As resources allow, we offer grants to help strengthen community-based organizations.

Enterprise has two funding opportunities available at this time:

  1. Section 4 Grant Opportunity
  2. Section 4 Rural and Native American Opportunity (available ONLY to those applicants in rural areas)

Section 4 Grant Opportunity

As part of our mission to create affordable housing and sustainable communities, Enterprise has announced the 2016 Request for Letters of Interest (RLOI) for pass-through grant funding. 

Funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Section 4 grant program. The purpose of the program is to support and improve the capacity and production of community housing development organizations (CHDOs) and community development corporations (CDCs). 

The two-step application process includes the Letters of Interest (LOI) and Full Application phases. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application for grant funding. 

Before submitting the LOI, carefully review the program areas and specifications, organizational eligibility criteria, geographic priorities and all other requirements.  

Download the 2016 Request for Letters of Interest. To receive amendments to the RLOI and other updates to this funding opportunity, sign up here.  

Application Deadline

Applicants must complete and submit the following by August 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m. EST. Any LOIs received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

2016 Request for Letters of Interest webinar
August 1, 2016 | 2 - 3 p.m. EST
Register for the webinar

Resources for Potential Applicants

The following resources are available for interested Section 4 applicants:

Questions about the RLOI process? Send them to rfp@enterprisecommunity.org

Rural & Native American Section 4 Grant Opportunity

As part of our mission to create affordable housing and sustainable communities, Enterprise is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Rural and Native American Request for Letters of Interest (RLOI) opportunity for pass-through grant funding.  This will be a two-step application process consisting of a Letters of Interest (LOI) phase and Full Application phase.  

Funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 4 grant program. The purpose of this grant funding is to build the capacity of community housing development organizations (CHDOs), community development corporations (CDCs) and organizations serving Native American people. Entities must have a defined mission that includes affordable housing – e.g., Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) or Tribal Housing Authorities (THAs). Community development and affordable housing activities must address the needs of families with low incomes (80 of AMI or lower). 

CDCs, CHDOs, THAs and TDHEs play a critical role in the development and preservation of high-quality affordable housing and the implementation of community development programs. Through this RLOI, Enterprise will provide funding to these entities across a range of programs that support a strong housing-delivery system and the creation and preservation of housing in high-opportunity communities.  

The two-step application process includes the Letters of Interest (LOI) and Full Application phases. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application for grant funding. 

Before submitting the LOI, carefully review the program areas and specifications, organizational eligibility criteria, geographic priorities and all other requirements. 

Download the 2016 Rural and Native American Request for Letters of Interest. To receive amendments to the RLOI and other updates to this funding opportunity, sign up here.  

Application Deadline
Applicants must complete and submit the following by August 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m. EST. LOIs received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

Resources for Potential Applicants

The following resources are available for interested Section 4 applicants:

Special Informational Webinar on the Rural and Native American RLOI Process
August 2, 2016 | 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Register for the webinar

Questions about the Rural and Native American RLOI process? Send them to storsell@enterprisecommunity.org.

HUD Capacity Building (Section 4) Grants

One of Enterprise’s primary sources of grant funding is the HUD Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program, commonly referred to as Section 4. Since Congress authorized the program in 1993, it has helped low-income families and neighborhoods in more than 2,000 urban and rural communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Section 4 leverages significant private and public capital using minimal federal dollars. Every Section 4 dollar must be matched directly by $3 of private funding for capacity building. Since 2002, Section 4 grantees’ development projects have attracted nearly $27 in other public and private investment.

These funds are used to build capacity in nonprofit community development organizations – Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) and Community Development Corporations (CDCs) – that meet eligibility requirements. Building capacity strengthens organizations to help them successfully:

  • Implement HUD programs
  • Design, finance and execute community development and affordable housing projects
  • Coordinate on cross-programmatic, place-based approaches
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing

Resource for Grantees

Case Studies

See examples of how our Section 4 funding has been used to build capacity across the country: