The Rural Capacity Building Program is part of MHP's broader Strengthening Rural Communities initiative. The RCBP works to provide technical assistance, support, and training to access public and private funding and implement affordable housing or community development projects and programs that address community needs. In order to better understand your community's need, please fill out this application as the first step to receiving MHP capacity building assistance.
MHP has established specific criteria on which applications will be scored including; community demographic, targeted populations, demonstrated community need for the project, and project readiness. Preference will be given to Native communities, minority/immigrant populations, households that are low-income and/or experiencing homelessness, or other high-risk populations., and to communities that are located or serving populations in community development target areas, high risk foreclosure areas, HUD Promise Zones and/or HUD Preferred Sustainability Status Communities.
Ideal candidates would be unable or unlikely to successfully implement projects without assistance. Capacity needs may include overcoming impediments to affirmatively furthering fair housing; and/or creating capacity to become RHDOs, CDCs, or CHDOs.
Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2018 and evaluated based on MHP's current capacity building priorities.Within 30 days of receiving the application and any accompanying documents, MHP will complete its review, determine MHP's level of investment and contact the applicant. If selected, MHP will enter into written memorandum of understanding outlining both MHP's and the applicant's responsibilities and contributions.
For more information on the Rural Capacity Building Program, please check out our website at www.mhponline.org/community-development/programs-and-services/