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New Federal Grant Opportunities Available for Cities

March 14, 2014
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Justice are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments.
The League encourages cities to review the opportunities listed and apply for these beneficial funds.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Grants
  • This Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program seeks to identify, stimulate and support sustaining state approaches that will transform the provision of housing for persons with disabilities while providing access to appropriate supports and services. This notice of funding availability (NOFA) will provide project-based rental assistance funding to housing agencies. These funds are only available to be used as project-based rental assistance for housing units integrated in multifamily properties that are set-aside for extremely low-income persons with disabilities who are eligible for community-based long term care services and supports provided under a state Medicaid Program or other comparable long-term services program, plus administrative costs as defined in Section I.C.1 in the link below. This is not a voucher program. This Section 811 PRA program will support successful and promising state partnership models that have been developed to increase the number of permanent housing units for persons with disabilities with access to appropriate services. All applications for this program are due by May 5.
  • The purpose of HUD’s Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Program is to provide funds that shall be used for providing counseling and advice to tenants and homeowners, both current and prospective, with respect to property maintenance, financial management/ literacy, and such other matters as may be appropriate to assist them in improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial needs, and fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership. Funding provided by this program is intended to support HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to respond flexibly to the needs of residents and neighborhoods, as well as deliver a wide variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, renters and the homeless. This program plays an integral role in the continued stabilization of our nation's housing market by helping individuals and families obtain housing and stay in their homes through responsible homeownership or affordable rental housing. Traditionally underserved populations – such as minorities, the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities, persons with limited English proficiency and residents of rural areas – face additional housing and economic challenges. The program funds housing counselors who provide expert, unbiased guidance and information to help families and individuals meet their housing needs and improve their financial situations. Moreover, HUD grants assist housing counselors to act as an important safeguard against scams and discrimination, and to act as an important gateway to local, state, federal and private housing assistance. All applications for this program are due by April 7. 
U.S. Department of Justice Grants
  • The Justice Information-Sharing (JIS) Solutions Implementation Program is a FY 2014 grant program, through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, that seeks to support implementation of justice information-sharing (JIS) solutions addressing critical challenges currently faced by state, local and tribal criminal justice agencies. The JIS solutions implemented under this solicitation should leverage one or more of the components of the Global Standards Package (GSP) and support criminal justice policies, practices, and programs that are data-driven and evidence-based. Funding is provided to assist state, local and tribal jurisdictions advancing information-sharing capabilities by leveraging existing information systems and networks, rather than the creation of new systems or networks. All applications for this program are due by April 1.
  • The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking proposals for Research and Evaluation on Firearms and Violence such as, but not limited to, gun violence prevention programs based on general prevention theory, the effects of criminal justice interventions on reducing gun violence, improving data systems for studying gun violence, illicit gun markets, and the effects of firearm policies and legislation on public safety. All applications for this program are due by June 3.
  • The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking proposals for Building and Enhancing Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships, as well as capturing detailed descriptions of these collaborations. While other NIJ solicitations often encourage researcher-practitioner partnerships, this solicitation directly focuses on supporting criminal justice research and evaluation activities that include a researcher-practitioner partnership component. Within the context of the proposed research or evaluation project, the partnerships can be new or ongoing. The NIJ intends to support criminal justice research in two areas related to new and ongoing researcher-practitioner collaborations. Proposals must fall under one of the following program areas: (1) the Junior Faculty Grant Program to Promote Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships or (2) the Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Fellowship Placement Program. All applications for this program are due by May 28.

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