Community Enhancement Grant Program

Grants to support area nonprofits


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Community Enhancement Grant Cycle How Grants Are Awarded 2022-2023 Community Enhancement Grants

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(RFP) 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 the final decision on funding.
  • July 1-June 30: Contract period for awarded grants (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). 

If you would like to be notified when the next RFP is made public, please subscribe to Community Development News on MyRaleigh Subscriptions.

For more information, please contact Samantha Weintraub at 919-996-6968 or the Housing Neighborhoods Department at 919-996-4330. 

How Grants Are Awarded

The Housing and 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.

2022-2023 Community Enhancement Grants

If you are interested in the 2022-2023 RFP, please download the PDF. 

The necessary application form, budget form, and scorecard can be obtained by emailing the City of Raleigh Housing and Neighborhoods Department staff – Samantha Weintraub at samantha.weintraub@raleighnc.gov.

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 Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. In order to apply, applicants must have attended one of the two Virtual Pre-Proposal Workshops held on December 1 and 3. To join, please see the Zoom links below:

Contact

 

Samantha Weintraub
919-996-6968

Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Affordable HousingCommunity and Small Business Development

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