Funding Opportunities for Community Land Trusts and Permanently Affordable Housing Programs

In addition to providing grants to members for capacity building and catalyzing impact, the Network also supports community land trusts and other permanently affordable housing programs to find relevant external funding. Below are grants that other community land trusts and permanent affordable housing programs have found to have been good fits in the past.

Disclaimer: Please note that all of these funding organizations are unaffiliated with the Network and we therefore cannot be responsible for information. We revise this list yearly for accuracy, so please double check deadlines and eligibility information with the funding source before applying.Last reviewed 3/15

Housing Grants

Home Depot Foundation: Veteran Housing Projects

Dates: Next Grant Deadline is October 27, 2015, Two additional deadlines in 2016

Amount: $100,000 – $500,000

The Home Depot Foundation’s (THDF) Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the development and repair of veterans housing. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $80 million, and has helped impact more than 17,000 units of housing for veterans. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000. Many one-off single family home repair requests are a better fit for our Team Depot or Community Impact Grant programs. Veteran Housing Grants are best suited to fund single family home repairs when they are a part of a permanent program managed by the nonprofit partner.

Center for Community Progress: Technical Assistance Scholarship Program

Dates: 2 rounds, next anticipated in May 2015

Amount: In-kind

The Center for Community Progress seeks applications from public and nonprofit entities for the new, competitive Technical Assistance Scholarship Program, which serves communities in need of technical assistance to assess, reform, develop and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their respective communities. This program provides the opportunity for communities to receive expert technical assistance from Community Progress at a significantly reduced rate.

HUD: SHOP Grants

Dates: Last Deadline was September 4, 2014

Administered through HUD, SHOP awards grant funds to non-profit organizations to purchase home sites and develop or improve the infrastructure needed to set the stage for sweat equity and volunteer-based homeownership programs for low-income persons and families. These funds may also be accessible through funding organizations like Network Ally Community Frameworks

Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Economic Development Grants

Dates: Pre-applications due November 1

Amount: $25,000-75,000

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be releasing applications for their annual economic development grant in the fall, which have historically been a great fit for community land trusts (CLTs) and other permanent affordable housing (PAH) programs. These grants fund programs that empower low-income people to develop economic structures that effect equitable access to income and a just balance of individual- and community-held assets (like CLTs).  As the application is extensive, twofold, and requires a good relationship with your local diocese, it’s best to begin the process as soon as possible.

The Office of Community Services (OCS)

The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. They provide several grants that can be relevant to community land trusts and permanently affordable housing programs.

List of Grants and deadlines
Overall application process

  1. Community Economic Development

    Dates: Applications due 4/24/2015
    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) awards up to $17.9 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals.

  2.  Healthy Food Financing Initiative grants

    Dates: Last posted 5/23/14 and closed 07/21/2014
    These grants support projects that increase access to healthy, affordable food in communities that currently lack these options. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities.

  3. Assets for Independence

    Dates: Estimated post date 3/6/15, estimated application date 5/5/15
    These grants aim to provide a community-based approach for giving low-income families a hand up out of poverty through Individual Development Accounts (IDA) programs.

Bank Grants

TD Bank: “Housing for Everyone” Grant

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Dates: Grant competition typically runs from late June to late August

Amount: 25 grants of $100,000

The TD Charitable Foundation makes available annually through its themed Housing for Everyone grant competition dedicated funds to support affordable housing. For 2014, the Housing for Everyone grant competition focuses on Housing for the Future.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Community Development Funding

Dates: Application period runs from 4/20/15 – 5/8/15

Amount: Previous funding amounts average roughly $35,000 with some larger awards over $100,000 to $1 million

This grant opportunity is a perfect fit for community land trusts. Bank of America’s Community Development funding prioritizes preserving neighborhoods to “address the housing continuum by helping distressed individuals stay in their homes and move toward financial stability; preparing future homeowners; and increasing access to affordable housing.”

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

  1. Wells Fargo’s Neighborhood Implementation Grants

    Dates: First proposals due 4/10/15
    Amount: Grants vary in size from $100,000 to $750,000, and are disbursed over three to five years.This grant program supports comprehensive community development projects that target specific neighborhoods. The community development project must be based on a current resident-driven neighborhood plan. Neighborhood Implementation Grants can be used for program costs only (program funding includes direct expenses essential to the project).

  2. Wells Fargo’s Homeownership Grant Program

    Dates: 2 submission periods per year
    Applications periods run from 1/2/15 – 1/31/15 and 6/1/15 – 6/30/15
    Amount: Unspecified, though average grant amount is $7,500
    The objective of this grant program is to create sustainable home-ownership opportunities for low-to moderate-income people, so it’s a great fit for Network members. Eligible activities include rehab or construction, project subsidies, and homebuyer or foreclosure counseling.

Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments

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Dates: Submit a letter of inquiry at any time

The mission of this grant program is to help meet the needs of the communities served by Bank of the West (which includes 19 states) by supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving quality of life, particularly for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Our members’ work fits well in the Community and Economic charitable giving category, which includes the creation or preservation of affordable housing. Submit a letter of inquiry any time.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Responsibility Initiative

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Dates: Submit a letter of inquiry at any time

JPMorgan Chase invests in affordable housing opportunities that connect low- and-moderate-income people to economic opportunity. The firm supports program models that focus on reducing the cost of housing, improving the quality and safety of homes, preparing families for the costs and responsibilities of homeownership, and helping communities thrive.

Key Bank Foundation

Service Area: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington

Dates: Rolling deadline, reviewed every quarter

Key Bank focuses their giving around “Financial Education,” by fostering effective financial management and understanding of financial services and tools, “Workforce Development,” by providing training and placement for people to access job opportunities, and “diversity,” by promoting inclusive environments by employing systemic changes to improve the access of individuals of diverse background.

U.S. Bank Foundation

Service Area: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Dates: Deadlines vary by state. Find state contacts and deadlines>

U.S.Bank funds affordable housing initiatives that support the preservation, rehabilitation and construction of quality affordable housing that assists low- and moderate-income populations and provide home buyer counseling and related financial education to low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

PNC Foundation

Service Area:  Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington DC, and Wisconsin

Dates: Rolling

The PNC Foundation focuses its housing funding on providing support to nonprofit organizations that give counseling and services to help these individuals maintain their housing stock; offer transitional housing units and programs; and/or offer credit counseling assistance to individuals, helping them to prepare for homeownership.

Sustainable and Green Building Grants

Surdna Foundation’s Sustainable Environments

Dates: Submit a letter of inquiry at any time

Amount: Previous grants have ranged from $10,000s to $100,000

The foundation has four programs in Sustainable Environments that may be relevant to CLTs.

  1. Sustainable Transportation Networks & Equitable Development Patterns. The Sustainable Environments Program supports transportation systems and transit solutions that give people affordable and reliable options to get to work, school, and home while minimizing impacts on the environment and maximizing equitable economic opportunities.
  2. Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment The Sustainable Environments Program supports efforts to promote retrofitting, which is the practice of updating existing buildings and structures with energy efficient measures and innovations
  3. Urban Water Management The Sustainable Environments Program supports innovative stormwater run-off practices that capture and slowly release water into existing drains, pipes and sewers, or reuse rain water where it falls (sometimes called “green infrastructure”) instead of building expensive pipes and sewer tunnels. Gives preference to projects that benefit low-income communities and people of color
  4. Regional Food Supply The Sustainable Environments Program supports efforts to restore regional aggregation and distribution of food that will strengthen urban and rural connections and provide environmental, economic, and community benefits.

The Oak Hill Fund

Dates: Rolling

Amount: Unspecified

The Oak Hill Fund’s Environmentally Sustainable Affordable Design (ESAD) program promotes the incorporation of the principle of sustainable development into the design of affordable construction with a primary focus on residential housing. The Oak Hill Fund prefers project-specific requests in lieu of requests for general operating support. It has no predetermined guidelines concerning specific size of grant requests and a rolling application process.

Community Organizing Grants

Needmor Fund

The mission of the Needmor Fund is to work with others to bring about social justice, through removing systemic barriers to the practice of democracy by encouraging the efforts of people who are working together for justice and the common good, encouraging involvement in community affairs by people whose participation has been systematically denied; and fostering the active participation of all citizens in crafting a vision, values and policies that are more equitable, to guide the operation of our country. They do not fund CDCs.

  1. National Learning Grants

    Dates: Applications due 5/29/15
    Amount: Previous grants roughly average $30,000
    National Learning Grants focus on strategies that link and leverage the power of faith, labor and community organizations, utilize creative membership strategies and structures, integrate voter engagement strategies and the expansion of democracy, support powerful organizations that recognize and address the interconnection of globalization to local and regional organizing, seek powerful organizations that aspire to frame and implement new, broad and creative public policies that address systemic issues facing low- and moderate-income communities and support powerful local organizations that are connected to larger organizing networks.

  2. Regional Cluster Grants

    Service Area: Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico, Southern CA, and South TX, Southeast: Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
    Dates: Applications due 1/9/15
    Amount: Previous grants roughly average $30,000
    The Southwest Cluster grants focus on organizing in rural areas and border regions, organizing low-wage workers and immigrants, labor-community linkages, faith community involvement, and building community infrastructure. The Southeast Cluster grants focus on countering race polarization and working across racial lines, organizing low-wage workers and immigrants, linking with organizations across state and region to build regional clout, building basic organizing infrastructure, and challenging structural injustices and disenfranchisement.

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program

Dates: Applications open 3/2/15, Applications due 4/15/15

Amount: Up to $20,000

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation focuses on grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies to accomplish their goals. The foundation makes one-year grants for up to $20,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000

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