Age-Friendly Funding Alert: USDA Rural Housing Preservation Grants

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant Program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.  USDA will award a total of $15,888,420 in Housing Preservation Grant Program funding for the repair and rehabilitation of rural housing units.

More information is listed below and at the grant webpage on the USDA website.

Who may apply for this program?

  • Most State and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Federally Recognized Tribes
  • Individual homeowners are not eligible

Additional requirements include:

  • Applicants must have the necessary background and experience with proven ability to perform the responsibility of repair and rehabilitation of low-income housing
  • Applicants are required to make quarterly progress reports and a final audit on their accomplishments

What is an eligible area?
Areas that may be served include:

  • Rural areas and towns with 20,000 or fewer people–Check eligible addresses
  • Federally Recognized Tribal lands

How may funds be used?

  • Applicants provide grants or low-interest loans to repair or rehabilitate housing for low- and very-low-income (1)homeowners
  • Rental property owners may also receive assistance if they agree to make units available to low- and very-low-income (1)families
  • Eligible expenses include:
    • Repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems and water/waste disposal systems
    • Handicap accessibility features
    • Labor and materials
    • Administrative expenses
    • For a complete list, see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1944.664

How do we get started?
Applications are accepted on an annual basis through a Notice of Solicitation of Application (NOSA) in the Federal Register.

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