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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies to Provide Affordable Housing and Public Services for Low-Income Residents

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

GrantWatch ID# 139160
Agency: Local

Funding Source
City of Asheville - Community Development Division
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina: City of Asheville

Important Dates
LOI Date: 01/09/23
Deadline: 02/03/23 12:00 PM (Noon) Save

Grant Description
Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions for activities that benefit citizens with low to moderate income. Funding is intended to support projects and programs that provide affordable housing opportunities, eliminate slum and blight, advance economic development, improve infrastructure and public facilities, and provide public services to residents of limited means. Funded projects must serve the residents of the City of Asheville or a four-county consortium consisting of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties.

Two different types of grants are available for funding:

1) Community Development Block Grant

CDBG is a federal grant program through HUD providing grant funds for a variety of projects and programs that serve low and moderate income residents or eliminate slum and blight.

CDBG can be used for a wide range of activities including:

  • Acquisition of real property
  • Public facilities
  • Public infrastructure
  • Social services (up to 15% of the CDBG budget)
  • Housing rehabilitation (owner-occupied or rental)
  • Home-ownership assistance
  • Commercial or industrial rehabilitation
  • Historic preservation
  • Removal of barriers for persons with disabilities
  • Economic development (e.g. business loans)
  • Activities of Community Based Organizations (CBDOs)
  • Program administration, planning and capacity building (up to 20% of the budget)

2) Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing grant funds on a reimbursable basis to provide decent affordable housing to low-income households, expand the capacity of non-profit housing providers, strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing, and leverage private-sector participation.

HOME can be used for a wide range of activities including:

  • New construction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Down payment assistance
  • Rental assistance
  • Site improvements
  • Acquisition of property
  • Relocation costs
  • Project related soft costs
  • Activities of Community Development Housing Organizations (CHDOs)
  • Program administration, planning, capacity building (up to 15% of the budget)


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
CDBG applicants must be:
- Non-profit agencies with a primary purpose to provide housing, human services, public facilities or economic development services within the City of Asheville.
- City of Asheville departments providing public facilities or infrastructure primarily serving low-income persons with a need that is currently underfunded or unfunded through the City’s general fund. Note that CDBG funds cannot be used on buildings for the general conduct of government, nor for general government expenses. Other entities may be eligible, please contact CD Staff for more information.

HOME applicants must be:
- Consortium member governments; or
- Non-profit agencies, housing authorities or for-profit entities, including those that may be applying through a member government. For those outside of Asheville, you must contact your member government for additional application requirements or,
- Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs)
- Projects in Consortium member jurisdictions other than Asheville may require the approval of those jurisdictions prior to the general deadline for submittal of this application. Please contact the appropriate Consortium member to inform them of your proposed project.

“Non-profit” means having a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS, and being registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office. All applicants must demonstrate a track record of continuous, active, and relevant operation for at least two years via their 501(c)(3) status.

In general, projects must benefit a majority of persons with household income below 80% of median income adjusted for family size.

Additional Geographic Information:

- CDBG program: City of Asheville
- HOME program: Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties

CDBG cannot be used for the general conduct of city government, political or religious activities, fund raising, cash payments to individuals, or construction of new housing (except by CBDOs).

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Application Opened: Monday, December 19, 2022
- Letter of Intent (LOI) Due Date: Monday, January 9, 2023, no later than 12:00 p.m.
- Questions Due: no later than Friday, January 20, 2023.
- Application Due date: Friday, February 3, 2023, no later than 12:00 p.m.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Friday, January 9, 2023, no later than 12:00 p.m., before submitting an official application.

All application questions must be submitted in writing via email. This includes questions that pertain to compliance, eligibility, or other specific content of the application. Questions must be submitted no later than Friday, January 20, 2023. Answers to these questions will be posted in a FAQ document and shared to the Community Development website at CD News and Updates – The City of Asheville. Answers to all questions will be posted by Friday, January 27, 2023.

Further CDBG information:

Further HOME information:

Term of Contract
The funding period starts July 1, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Submit LOIs to

All application questions must be submitted in writing to the email address above.

Megan Gaskell

Christina Harris

The City of Asheville
70 Court Plaza
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

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