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New Grant Pilot Program to Help Fund Affordable Housing Design

April 27, 2012

The Enterprise Community Partners’ National Design Initiatives is launching a new grant pilot program to help fund innovative design during the early stages of affordable housing development projects.


The Pre-Development Design Grant Pilot Program is structured to help developers define project goals, identify challenges, explore multiple design solutions, and increase collaboration. In 2012, five grants of $20,000 will be awarded to community development corporations nationwide.

Grant Information

Eligible applicants include:

  • 501(c)(3) community development corporations;

  • Community housing development corporations;

  • Tribally designated housing entities; and

  • For-profit entities participating through joint ventures with qualified organizations.

Grantees must match the grant 3:1 in private dollars no later than the beginning of the grant period.

Grants will support organizations that have identified a particular site, existing project, or community need related to affordable housing and would like to strengthen partnerships, expand their architectural networks, and set clear project goals.

The grant funds can be used to cover the following reimbursable costs:

  • A fixed fee for each of four architects to develop and present an approach and design ideas related to the development project;

  • A consultant fee and travel costs for the facilitator to collaborate with the grantee on the pre-development design process; and

  • Program support costs incurred by the CDC for the pre-development design process and progress reporting.

The application is available on the Enterprise website. The first round of grants is now open.

Applications will be accepted and selected on a rolling basis. The deadline for the first round of applications is May 15. Applicants will be notified three to four weeks after the deadline.

Complete program information and application procedures are available on the Enterprise website.

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