Application Deadline Extended for Two Federal Grants

Released by Tameka Kenan-Norman, Rocky Mount NC

Two grants aimed to support projects needing additional funding to expand or improve their progress have had the application deadlines extended to June 3, 2016. The extension was granted to ensure that all qualifying nonprofits have an opportunity to compete for the available funds.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires at least 15 percent of *HOME funds targeted for Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) and the *Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), be set aside to aid projects serving low to moderate income residents.

Lea Henry, community development administrator for the city of Rocky Mount NC, manages HUD funds and other local and state money for housing and other community development activities.

“Periodically, we request applications from non-profits proposing projects that could use this money,” says Henry. “These are competitive funds, and it is our goal in this process to make sure all non-profit organizations that are eligible to receive these funds know that the application deadline has been extended.”

Each grant has different requirements and restrictions on the use of allocated money. All requirements are listed on the application. An application for either the CHDOs or CDBG is required and is available online or by calling 252.972.1100.

* The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides grants to fund activities like building, buying and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or home ownership. The program also provides direct rental assistance to low-income people.

* The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

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