Community Enhancement Grant Program

Grants to support area nonprofits

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Community Enhancement Grant Cycle How Grants Are Awarded 2021-2022 Community Enhancement Grants Developer/Investor Programs

The City of Raleigh Community Enhancement Grant program awards funds annually through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process. The grant program is designed to fund public services that support neighborhood improvements or innovative services for low- and moderate-income persons and neighborhoods.

The grant program is funded through the City’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The primary objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments and economic development opportunities, principally to low- and moderate-income residents. Because federal funds are used to support the Community Enhancement Program, agencies must have the capacity to meet federal requirements if awarded a grant. No program will be awarded funds more than two years in a row.

Community Enhancement Grant Cycle

The annual grant cycle is similar each year and generally follows this sequence:

  • November: Request for Proposals made public.
  • December: Mandatory workshops are held for any agency wishing to apply.
  • January: Proposals are due.
  • January-March: Review Committee reviews and scores proposals.
  • March/April: Review Committee makes recommendations for funding public as part of the Annual Action Plan process.
  • May: City Council makes final decision on funding.
  • July 1—June 30: Contract period for awarded grants.

If you are interested being notified when the next RFP is made public, please subscribe to Community Development News on MyRaleigh Subscriptions.

Please contact John Niffenegger at 919-996-6961, or 919-996-4330, for more information.

How Grants Are Awarded

The Housing & Neighborhoods Department supports new or expanded services by nonprofit organizations to low-income residents or other populations such as seniors, abused children, battered spouses, severely disabled adults, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, or migrant farm workers. Funds are distributed in an annual competition. 

The Community Enhancement Grant is given each year to nonprofit and faith-based organizations to build human capacity within blighted or low- and moderate-income areas. Funds for this program are given through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Applicants are judged based on the soundness of the program proposal, fiscal responsibility of the organization, the mission and track record of the organization, and other program requirements.

2021-2022 Community Enhancement Grants

If you are interested in the 2021-2022 RFP you can download the PDF.

The necessary application form, budget form, and score card can be obtained by emailing the City of Raleigh Housing & Neighborhoods Department staff - John Niffenegger at .

Include "Community Enhancement Grant materials requested" in the subject line. Only applications and budgets submitted on these forms will be reviewed.

The due date for completed applications is Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. In order to apply, applicants must have attended one of the two Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshops held on December 2 and 4.

Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshops held on December 2 and 4.

Developer/Investor Programs

If your organization is interested in producing and maintaining quality affordable rental housing for low-income households, the City may be a partner to consider.

Please email Aimee Holtsclaw or call 919-996-4330 to be added to the RFP mailing list or for more information about these programs.



John Niffenegger


Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Affordable Housing



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