FY 2018 Strategic Community Investment Fund

The Division of Housing and Community Development is accepting applications for their competitive grant programs available through the Strategic Community Investment Fund. Applicants may download copies of applications directly beneath the descriptions of the program. The deadline for submission is Friday, November 18, 2016 by 4:00 p.m. at 701 N. Main, Memphis, TN 38107.

The Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF) applies a community-based approach to HCD's programs that require organizations and agencies to submit competitive applications for funding.

Funds available on a competitive basis are awarded to eligible nonprofit, for-profit, faith-based, and other organizations to implement community and economic development programs. The funds through this process are primarily available for programs that benefit low and moderate income persons of Memphis as defined by HUD's income criteria (see Appendices A and B in the agency profile). In order to assist organizations that apply for these programs, HCD has adapted its competitive grant processes through the Strategic Community Investment Funds (SCIF), modeled after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's SuperNOFA program.

General descriptions for all of the programs available under the SCIF process are listed below. Each program application is available for downloading with more specific information about the amount and type of funding available for that particular program.

Instruction Packet/Agency Profile

This instruction packet for the SCIF process is meant to summarize the programs available under the SCIF and the submission requirements for the Agency Profile Application. The Agency Profile Application includes Exhibits I, II, and III and requires information from applicants about their agency/organization. Applicants are required to submit one Agency Profile Application for each SCIF program for which they are requesting funds. The instruction and application packets for each individual program provide specific information about individual program requirements. The SCIF process does not affect the specific Federal and local statutory and regulatory requirements of projects awarded funds through HCD.

Download the Agency Profile/Instruction Packet

Emergency Solutions Grant Program
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program is a competitive funding process open to organizations that serve homeless populations. The ESG program is specifically designed for rehabilitating and/or converting existing emergency and transitional shelters; to provide adequate operating funds for existing or new emergency and transitional shelters; to provide certain essential services to homeless individuals; and provide funding for programs and activities designed to prevent homelessness.

Download Emergency Solutions Grant Program Application

Community Housing Development Organization Program
Funds for this fiscal year will only be awarded to organizations that have already been designated as Community Housing Development Organizations.
The Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a private nonprofit, community-based organization whose primary purpose is to provide decent, affordable housing (this must be evidenced in the Charter, Articles of Incorporation by-laws, or board resolution) for the community it serves. CHDOs receive certification from the City of Memphis and must be organized under state and local law; have no individual benefit to members; have a clearly defined geographic service area; have nonprofit status; at least one-third of the board members must represent the community it serves; and demonstrate at least one year of experience in serving its community. The activities that CHDOs may apply for under the competitive process are acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing and/or rehabilitation of homebuyer properties; and also direct financial assistance to purchasers of CHDO-developed housing.

Download The CHDO Single Family Application
Download The CHDO Multi-Family/Rental Application
Download the CHDO Financing Application
Download the Proforma
Download the Income and Rents Table FY2018

Affordable Single/Multi Family Housing Program
The Real Estate Development Department within the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development receives funding allocations annually from Federal sources. The allocations received are to be used for the development and/or re-development of affordable housing focusing on the priority and targeted neighborhoods as defined by Mayor of the City of Memphis.

FY18 federal dollars are available for multi-family purchase/rehabilitation and/or new construction. These funds will be administered in the form of a low-interest loan and are not grant dollars. Loan programs are available for developments containing 10 or more units. Developments containing less than 10 units will be considered only on a case by case basis. Federally funded projects must meet the specific guidelines set forth by the funding source, i.e. income limits, accessibility for the disabled, periods of affordability, and others. Each development proposal will be considered based upon the funding source available and whether the development meets the funding guidelines as set forth by HUD.

Download Affordable Multi Family Application
Download Affordable Multi Family Exhibits
Download the Affordable Single Family Application
Download Affordable Single Family Exhibits

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

The City's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Grant Program provides assistance to low-income individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their family members living with them. The program is part of the City’s strategy to provide housing and supportive services to low-income members of special needs populations.

The Program is funded with Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) entitlement funds annually awarded to the City by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As such all activities must comply with applicable HOPWA regulations, which are found in 24 CFR 574. The program is designed to:

  • increase the availability of decent, safe and affordable housing for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS
  • serve persons with HIV/AIDS living in Fayette, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee, DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi, and Crittenden County, Arkansas
  • create and maintain a continuum of affordable housing assistance programs to prevent homelessness, serve the homeless, and provide other permanent housing opportunities and related supportive services for HOPWA-eligible clients
  • work primarily with existing housing resources
  • provide services based on need since this is not an entitlement - and
  • provide one year of funding for approved projects

Download the HOPWA Application

HOME Match - Housing for Homeless and Special Needs Populations

The purpose of the Homeless/Special Needs Housing HOME Match program is to encourage the development of permanent supportive housing for homeless and special needs populations. The program is part of the City's strategy to link supportive services with housing for these often hard-to-serve groups. The program will provide up to $250,000 in dollar for dollar cash match for housing acquisition, rehabilitation, and/or construction. The funds may be used to help match HUD Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing grants or other construction projects that will provide rental housing for low-income, homeless and special needs households. Final award of funds is contingent on the financial feasibility of the proposed project and the applicant demonstrating the award of adequate additional acquisition and construction funds to complete the project. The housing may be rented only to low income persons / households (50% of median income in Memphis MSA or lower), who are homeless and are members of a special needs group. Persons who are homeless must meet HUD's definition of homelessness and special needs populations include persons with a disability (physical, mental, emotional, or developmental), persons who are elderly, have a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, or are victims of domestic abuse. Units funded through the program must be used to serve the targeted group for a specific use period, which varies depending on the unit costs.

Download the HOME Match Application

Neighborhood Development Program

The Neighborhood Development Program is a competitive funding process open to nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services in the areas of business/economic development, community development, and community initiatives. Eligible activities for this program are as follows:

  1. Workforce Development/Job Training for Low/Moderate Income Persons
  2. SBE/WBE/MBE Programs (Technical Assistance, Counseling, etc.
  3. Job Creation Activities
  4. Neighborhood Clean-Up Initiatives
  5. Capacity Building Activities
  6. Youth Development/Mentoring Programs in Low/Moderate Income Areas
  7. Economic Development Initiatives
  8. Affordable Housing Programs/Related Activities (Credit Counseling, Financial Planning/Budgeting for Low/Moderate Income Persons

Download Neighborhood Development Program Application

Community Economic Development Program

Eligible non-profits and for-profits may apply for funds under the Community Economic Development program for the following activities: Acquisition, Infrastructure, Demolition, Environmental Assessments, Planning and Construction Costs. Applicants must have site control, either through ownership or option and Property must be zoned commercial or mixed use. Project funding is not to exceed 60% of total project cost. When funding is awarded for acquisition (land or building), the project must be completed within 3 years from the time of award or the property will either be deeded back to the City or the grant will be converted into a loan Maximum award is $250,000.00 and requires 40% secured financing or equity investment.

Download the Community Economic Development Grant Application
Download the CEDP Application Information

HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program

Tenant Based Rental Assistance funds are available on a competitive basis for Nonprofit agencies that serve the homeless, those are imminent risk of homelessness and/or special needs populations with income. TBRA pays up to 2 years of rental assistance and utilities. (Program participants are required to pay 30% of their adjusted income for rent and to pay a portion of the monthly utilities.) All program participants must have income at or below 60% of the median for Memphis and be homeless, at imminent risk of homelessness or a member of a special needs population (physically, mentally or developmentally disabled; recovering from substance abuse addiction; the elderly or a victim of domestic violence). The $300,000 available in HOME funds will provide two years of rental assistance (at an average of $475 per month) for approximately 45 to 50 households. No grants will be made for programs serving less than 10 households. A lump sum operating award will be made with each TBRA contract for 25% of the total grant award (not to be less than $60,000 for the entire contract period.)

Download the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Application

Community Service Grant Program

The City's Community Service Grant (CSG) Program seeks to improve the quality of life of low and moderate-income citizens through the provision of social services by nonprofit agencies. These citizens include youth, the homeless and special needs populations that include persons with HIV/AIDS, a mental illness, the elderly, chronic substance abusers, persons with developmental and/or physical disabilities, and victims of domestic violence. The CSG Program provides funding for projects that will help enhance the lives of these individuals.

Download the Community Service Grant Application

Deadline for all FY2018 SCIF Applications

Completed applications must be submitted to the address specified below no later than Friday, November 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Applications may be delivered on or before November 18th. Applications hand carried will be accepted between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on city work days and between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on the due date. Applications must be submitted to:
City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development ATTN: SCIF
701 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38107

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