Applications Due: June 23, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
The Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) provides funding to fair housing organizations and other non-profits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination. Currently FHIP provides funds to eligible organizations through competitive grants under three initiatives to carry out enforcement activities to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act.
For FY2016, funding for each initiative is listed under a separate NOFA. Applicants must apply under the correct NOFA to be considered for funding. Additionally, if an applicant is eligible and applying for funding under separate initiatives and/or components, the applicant must submit a separate application under the correct NOFA for each component the applicant applies.
The Initiatives are:
Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI): This Initiative provides funding for the purpose of developing, implementing, carrying out, or coordinating education and outreach programs designed to inform members of the public concerning their rights and obligations under the provisions of the Fair Housing Act.
Fair Housing Organization Initiative (FHOI): This Initiative provides funding to establish new fair housing enforcement organizations and to support the continued existence of fair housing organizations in building their capacity to enforce the prohibitions on discrimination set forth in the Fair Housing Act.
Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI): This Initiative provides funding to private, non-profit fair housing enforcement organizations that meet statutory requirements to investigate violations and obtain enforcement of the rights granted under the Fair Housing Act or State or local laws that provide rights and remedies for discriminatory housing practices that are substantially equivalent to the rights and remedies provided in the Fair Housing Act.
Funding Title: Fair Housing Initiative Program
Estimated Total Program Funding: EOI: $7,450,000 / FHOI: $500,000 / PEI: $7,897,458
Funding Opportunity Number: EOI: FR-6000-N-21A / FHOI: FR-6000-N-21B / PEI: FR-6000-N-21C
Agency Name: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. For example:
“Eligible activities include, but are not limited to: (1) Intake of allegations of housing discrimination, testing, evaluating testing results, and providing other investigative work to provide a just resolution for discrimination that may violate federal, state or substantially equivalent local fair housing laws; (2) investigation of discrimination, through testing and other investigative methods including systemic investigations; (3) Mediation or other voluntary resolution of allegations of fair housing; (4) litigating fair housing cases, including procuring expert witnesses, and (5) conducting fair housing education activities. Activities are eligible only in cases involving conduct prohibited by, or rights protected under, the Fair Housing Act.
Target Population: People who have been victims of housing discrimination
Expected Number of Awards: EOI: 49 / FHOI: 1 / PEI: 24
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
How to Apply:
An electronic copy of the Application Package and Application Instructions for this NOFA can be downloaded from Grants.gov at: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply-for-grants.html. All applications must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov.
Current Closing Date for Applications: June 23, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
Length of Project Period: The period of performance is 12-18 months.
Project Start Date: 08/30/2016
Award Ceiling: EOI: $1,250,000 / FHOI: $325,000 / PEI: $325,000
Award Floor: EOI: $125,000 / FHOI: $325,000 / PEI: $325,000
Eligible Applicants: Depending on the specific component as outlined in the eligibility chart, eligible applicants may be Qualified Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (QFHOs) and Fair Housing Enforcement Organizations (FHOs), public or private not-for-profit organizations or institutions, and other public or private entities that are formulating or carrying out programs to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices; agencies of State or local governments; and agencies that participate in the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP).
Priority Consideration: This NOFA will not award points for “NOFA Priorities” since the applicable NOFA Priority, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is an existing statutory requirement for recipients of FHIP funds.
Link to Full Announcement: Here
Contact Information: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.
Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFA should be directed to the point of contact listed below.