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Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants 

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


    The purpose of Choice Neighborhoods grants is to enable comprehensive approaches to community development centers on housing transformation. The program aims to transform neighborhoods of poverty into viable mixed-income neighborhoods with access to economic opportunities by revitalizing severely distressed public and assisted housing and investing and leveraging investments in well-functioning services, effective schools and education programs, public assets, public transportation and improved access to jobs. 

    Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants support the creation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve the following three core goals:

    • Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood. Housing transformed with the assistance of Choice Neighborhoods should be:
      • Energy Efficient, Sustainable, Accessible, Healthy, and Free from Discrimination 
      • Mixed-Income 
      • Well-Managed and Financially Viable 
    • People: Improve educational outcomes and inter-generational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families. People that live in the neighborhood, with a primary focus on residents of the housing targeted for revitalization, benefit from:
      • Effective Education 
      • Employment Opportunities 
      • Quality Health Care
      • Housing Location, Quality, and Affordability 
    • Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families' choices about their community. Through investments catalyzed with Choice Neighborhoods, the neighborhood enjoys improved:
      • Private and public investment in the neighborhood 
      • Amenities
      • Effective public schools
      • Safety

    Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants support the development of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans which focused on directing resources to address three core goals: Housing, People and Neighborhoods. To achieve these core goals, communities must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. The Transformation Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public and/or assisted housing units while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families.

    Planning grants are divided into two application categories: 

    • Planning Grants - Two-year awards that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented.
    • Planning and Action Grants - Three-year awards that demonstrate a commitment to doing while planning. Under this program, the planning process would take place during the first 24-months of the grant period. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period.
      • Action activities are physical improvements, community development and economic development projects that enhance and accelerate the transformation of the neighborhood. Action activities are limited to (1) Reclaiming and recycling vacant property; (2) Beautification, placemaking, and community arts projects; (3) Homeowner business and facade improvements; (4) Neighborhood broadband/Wi-Fi; (5) and Gap financing for economic development projects.

    Each application must focus on the revitalization of at least one severely distressed public and/or assisted housing project. The definition of severely distressed housing from section 24(j)(2) of the 1937 Act is included in Section I.A.4 along with definitions of "public housing" and "assisted housing". The application must demonstrate that the targeted housing is eligible (i.e. is public and/or assisted housing) and meets the definition of severely distressed


    History of Funding

    Descriptions of FY2018 Planning Awards are available to view at:

    Additional Information

    Ineligible activities for all grantees include:    
    • Supportive services;     
    • Incentives for recruitment into, participation in, or completion of any planning activities (e.g. gift cards provided to residents that complete a survey or needs assessment and meals provided at planning meetings); and    
    • Redevelopment of the public or HUD-assisted housing targeted in this application, including acquisition, relocation, demolition and remediation, rehabilitation, or construction.


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    451 7th Street S.W.
    Washington, DC 20410
    (202) 708-0667

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Public housing authorities, local governments, tribal entities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by June 10, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $5,000,000 is available in FY2019. Award amounts vary based on program area:

    • Planning Grants - Three awards of up to $350,000 each are anticipated. Project periods will extend up to 24-months, starting December 1, 2019.
    • Planning and Action Grants - Three awards of up to $1,300,000 each are anticipated. Project periods will extend up to 42-months, starting December 1, 2019.

    Cost sharing/matching of at 5% is required for each award category.

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