A Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) for FY10 Technical Assistance and Capacity Building grants fundamentally changes the way that HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) awards funds. The January 4 notice also announced two new programs: the OneCPD Integrated Practitioner Assistance System (OneCPD) and Core Curricula for Skills-Based Training (Core Curricula).
The major change allows HUD to transfer up to 1% of a program’s appropriation to the Administration’s Transformation Initiative for use among four sub-initiatives: technical assistance and capacity building; research and evaluation; research demonstrations; and information technology. Previously, each CPD program – CDBG, HOME, HOPWA and ESG and other homeless assistance programs – received technical assistance money to address program-specific needs. Now, a CPD-wide resource for technical assistance will utilize a crosscutting program approach to foster collaboration between HUD and state and local partners.
Funded at $23 million, OneCPD will identify knowledge and skills gaps among state, local and nonprofit recipients of CPD program funds, and improve their ability to assess local market conditions, design and implement programs and comply with statutory and regulatory requirements. To do this, technical assistance teams will work collaboratively in targeted locations. The NOFA invites applications from experienced organizations, including non- and for-profit organizations, educational institutions, area-wide planning organizations, state and local governments, and public housing agencies.
Assisting community land trusts and helping low income women obtain skills and jobs in homebuilding professions are included as eligible uses of funds, along with more generic activities like assessing a grantee’s need for technical assistance or developing web-based training modules.
Funded at $595,000, the Core Curricula will develop and deliver training courses and seminars designed to improve the core skills of grantee staff that administer programs funded by HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing, Office of Housing and CPD. It will create introductory material addressing finance and underwriting, environmental review, asset management and construction/rehabilitation management.
Applications for OneCPD and Core Curricula are due February 24.
The NOFA is at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2010-33205.pdf